Lobby Bar – April 21: Canadian Coffee Regulations, When Airlines Go Wrong, and Jesse the Canine
The Lobby Bar – Travel News and Reviews Summarized by Donald Trump’s Ghost Writer
New venture. It’s time to test your knowledge of airline slogans in our new quiz. Our favorite slogan, “Fly with the Talking Moosehead,” is used by Fawlty Airways, the airline founded by hotel owner and entrepreneur Basil Fawlty.
Trust us. Hey, you, with the terrible password. It’s time to change that thing. We recommend using a complex series of randomly capitalized letters, numbers, and symbols to create the ultimate and uncrackable code. Or just send us an e-mail with your user name(s) and we’ll give you a few suggestions of our own. Oh, and don’t worry, we won’t order anything using your Amazon account (unless we see something we really like).
Like a dog. Jesse Sokolow checks into the Kimpton Alexis Hotel in Seattle. Overall, Jesse thought the hotel was excellent, although the food was a little dry and flavorless, not to mention difficult to access. Meanwhile, we got a call from the hotel manager asking why our editor was eating from the dog food bowl in the lobby.
My turn. Apple’s CarPlay system received an upgrade with the new iOS release. Now, the phone will automatically connect to the system based on NFC proximity sensors, which eases the connection process greatly and also allows you to take control of nearby cars’ stereos for a few moments when you pass them on the highway.
Drink of choice. Amtrak announced that it is now serving Dunkin’ Donuts coffee onboard its Acela trains throughout the Northeast Corridor. However, if your train is heading to Montreal, be advised that Canadian border police are required to confiscate any unfinished Dunkin’ beverages and replace them with Tim Hortons coffee.
Breakfast of Champions. If you’ve been meaning to sign up for the TSA’s trusted traveler program, PreCheck, you’re in luck. The TSA is opening up a Pop-Tart Application Center at New York’s Penn Station. Simply arrive between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. to receive the Pop-Tart of your choice with every new PreCheck enrollment.
Priceless. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has decided that all for-hire services, including ride-sharing apps like Uber, must provide the option for tipping. However, the commission didn’t specify that tips need be financial, so riders are encouraged to always carry a list of investment and gardening suggestions with them.
Moment of silence. A terror attack at the Champs-Élysées in Paris left a police officer dead and two others badly wounded. As always, such stories require a more somber tone and we stand in solidarity with the citizens of Paris as well as with those in other cities where similar attacks took place including Brussels, Nice, Berlin, and Munich.
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