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Airline Food Workers Protest Lack of Affordable Health Insurance

Airline Food Workers Protest Lack of Affordable Health Insurance

Airport food workers who prepare in-flight meals demonstrated outside various airline headquarters around the country on Thursday, demanding that the airlines pay its food vendors more so that those companies, in turn, would be able to provide their workers with affordable health insurance.
The “Nickel a Ticket” campaign was organized by Unite Here, a labor union that represents 12,000 airline catering workers at 31 airports.
The union wants the nation’s largest airlines …

LoungeBuddy Partners with the Club Lounges at 6 Airports

LoungeBuddy Partners with the Club Lounges at 6 Airports

LoungeBuddy announced it was adding access to lounges at six airports in partnership with Airport Lounge Development, an independent airport lounge operator.
The LoungeBuddy app can be used to purchase access to the Club-branded lounges at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Dallas/Fort Worth International, McCarran International, Phoenix Sky Harbor, and San Jose International airports.
Airport Lounge Development operates two lounges at Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport.
The LoungeBuddy app locates and recommends airline …

FCC Warns Hotels Not to Block Wi-Fi Hotspots

FCC Warns Hotels Not to Block Wi-Fi Hotspots

The Federal Communications Commission cautioned hotels and other commercial establishments on Tuesday about blocking signals from Wi-Fi hotspots being used by guests and others visiting a property.
The agency issued a public enforcement advisory, in which it warned that “Willful or malicious interference with Wi-Fi hot spots is illegal,” noting that “networks, or ‘hot spots,’ are an important way that consumers connect to the Internet.”  Protecting consumers from this kind of …

Blizzard Sweeps Across Northeast, Cancelling Flights and Closing Roads

Blizzard Sweeps Across Northeast, Cancelling Flights and Closing Roads

The storm that swept across the Northeast overnight disappointed some parts of the region but hit hard in many places, with winds up to 50 mph (80 km/h) and heavy snowfall.
The storm left more a foot (30 cm) of snow across much of Connecticut and Massachusetts, although its impact on New York City fell short of reaching historic proportions.
A blizzard warning remained in effect for much of Massachusetts and Rhode …

Storm Preparations Continue with Travel Bans and Flight Cancellations

Storm Preparations Continue with Travel Bans and Flight Cancellations

As millions of people in the Northeast prepared for one of the biggest blizzards to ever hit the region, government officials announced travel bans and suspensions and reductions in bus and train service, while urging people to leave work early.
New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, said that the storm will “likely be one of the largest blizzards” in the city’s history, announcing that there would be a ban on …

Aer Lingus Open to New Takeover Offer from British Airways Parent

Aer Lingus Open to New Takeover Offer from British Airways Parent

Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus is giving serious consideration to a new takeover bid from British Airways parent IAG, its board of directors said.
IAG, which also owns Iberia in Spain, is said to have offered €2.55 per share in an all-cash deal that includes a cash dividend of €0.05 per share, thus valuing Aer Lingus at €1.36 billion ($1.53 billion).
Last year, Aer Lingus rejected two bids from IAG because they …

First Transcontinental Phone Call Took Place 100 Years Ago Today

Bell System Western Electric Model 302 dial telephone, ca. 1936

The first transcontinental phone call took place one hundred years ago today, on January 25, 1915.
The historic call was placed by three parties, Alexander Graham Bell in New York, Theodore Vail, the president of AT&T in Jekyll Island, Georgia, and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in the White House, to Bell’s assistant Thomas Watson in San Francisco.
In the call, Bell repeated into the phone his famous sentence, “Mr. Watson, come here, …