Lobby Bar – June 17: Sky Camping, Renaming Airlines and Automobiles, and Broken Windows Offenses

By Jeremy Del Nero on 17 June 2016
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Lobby Bar – An Extraterrestrial Excerpt of FBT News and Views

Yellow versus Magenta. Now that all wireless carriers seem to offer the best service at the best price with the fastest speeds and the most data, T-Mobile has upped its game by offering free pizzas on Tuesdays, albeit with some complications. To combat this offer, rumor has it that AT&T is partnering with IKEA to offer customers a free loveseat every Thursday, with a limit of five per store.

Safe and sound. Jonathan Spira gets behind the wheel of the all new 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design. Safety is still crucial for the automaker, and a slew of new safety features, including bubble-wrapped windows and windshields, as well as a USB-powered fire extinguisher, make the XC90 Volvo’s safest car yet. However, there’s no protection from impossible-to-pronounce, or remember, model names.

The great outdoors. Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren tests out EVA Air’s Royal Laurel business class on a trip from Seattle to Taipei. The airline opted to ditch blankets in favor of sleeping bags for the 12-hour flight, and for those who want a more complete camping experience, the flight attendants also offer turn-down tent service.

Name change denied. Air Canada is now offering nonstop service between Toronto and Glasgow, Scotland under its “rouge” name. Despite the fact that Air Canada rouge has effectively gone rogue with this new route, the airline still refuses to re-consider its name, even after repeated e-mail requests from FBT staff.

Early independence. The 70th Tony Awards went down last Sunday and “Hamilton” and “The Humans” won big. To celebrate the all-American play’s success, goody bags filled with sparklers, chocolate bars, graham crackers, and marshmallows were distributed to Tony attendees. They were invited to come up and roast marshmallows by the muzzle of Aaron Burr’s smoking pistol.

Ease of travel. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new shuttle bus service to LaGuardia Airport. To take advantage of the new service, dubbed “LaGuardia Link,” travelers simply hop on a Bronx-bound express 6 train, get off at East 149 Street, snag the shuttle bus to Hunts Point and hitch a ride on the brand new ferry directly to LaGuardia’s runways.

How many men does it take to fix a window? Nearly 44 years after the Watergate Hotel was burgled, the property has finally reopened after a $125 Million renovation, which most notably repaired the window broken used to access the DNC headquarters in 1972.

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