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Lobby Bar – January 12: The Great JFK International Rafting Depot, Automakers Sell Weed, and How to Cheat at Airporting

Lobby Bar – Is This Thing Still On?
Changing directions. Did you ever think “Spongebob Squarepants” would become a Broadway musical? No? Then get ready for another surprise, because next week we’ve got “Frequent Business Traveler: The Musical,” featuring an original cast of travel editors who can neither sing nor dance but have something they need to share with the world anyway.
Dangerous games. Paul Riegler is here to answer the question on …

Just Another Bikini Bottom Day at ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ at Palace Theater – Review

When I think of Spongebob Squarepants, the Nickelodeon cartoon dish sponge I grew up watching, the last thing that comes to mind is “this would make a great Broadway musical.” Spongebob Squarepants, a popular cartoon character since 1999, lives in a pineapple under the sea next to his best friend, a starfish named Patrick, and both are friends with a scientist/karate squirrel in a spacesuit. Spongebob has a boss who’s …

Take Our 2018 Winter Travel News Quiz and Win Pan Am Memorabilia

Winter is here and with it, our Winter Travel News Quiz. Take a break from shoveling snow and find out if you paid sufficient attention in class by taking the ten-question quiz. By doing so, you could win a piece of airline history including items from Pan Am.
Be aware that your inner travel or aviation geek could emerge unexpectedly.
Simply scroll down, have fun, and share the quiz with your friends …

Lobby Bar – January 5: Naked Pilots, Ice Cream Storms, and the Lonely Need Not Fly

Lobby Bar – A Glow-In-The-Dark Summary of FBT News and Views
What’s in a name. Let’s take a look at the “at” sign, that is to say the @ sign, which has many names in different languages. It also goes by the name of “spider monkey,” “strudel,” and “elephant trunk,” although we’ve taken a liking to calling our @ sign “Hunter.”
Please obey. With the onset of the New Year, a slew …

New Laws for 2018 Legalize Pot, Restrict Smoking, and Allow Travelers to Post Online Reviews Without Fear of Retaliation

As is customary at the start of the New Year, many new state laws go into effect across the nation.
Here’s a look at some which might be of interest to travelers.
A new law in Vermont affords workers in that state social media privacy. Employers are forbidden to request or require employees to provide access to what they have posted in their personal social-media accounts.
Visitors to California, as well as residents, …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2018

The National Geographic Society was founded on January 27, 1888, by a group that included explorers, geographers, cartographers, teachers, and scientists. It was organized as “a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.”
On January 20, 1908, what is now the Fairmont Empress opened in Victoria, British Columbia. The 108-year-old property, originally opened as the Empress, has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada and was last renovated …

John Portman, Architect Who Designed Soaring Atrium Hotels, Dies at 93

John Portman, an American architect and developer who popularized hotels with soaring atria such as the Hyatt Regency Atlanta while also helping revitalize downtown districts in multiple U.S. cities, died Friday at the age of 93.
Mr. Portman was considered one of the world’s best-known and most influential architects of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
His innovative 22-story Hyatt Regency Atlanta, formerly the Regency Hyatt House, introduced travelers to a …