Articles in Journeys

Lobby Bar – February 24: In-Flight Entertainers, Siri Gets an Accent, and the Future of Umbrellas

Lobby Bar – A Melodious Mélange of FBT News and Views
Here we are now, entertainer. Let’s take a look at why an increasing number of airlines are opting to ditch seatback entertainment systems in new aircraft. The answer is obvious: all major airline unions merged with the Screen Actors Guild to give flight attendants an opportunity to showcase their talents through in-flight monologues, musical numbers, and dance routines. Earplugs are …

What’s Doing in Canada on Its 150th Anniversary

Canada. While clichés of maple leafs, Mounties, hockey, and “Eh?” abound, the country – the world’s second largest by land area – has much to offer visitors, from the natural beauty of its national parks to cities with a culture rivaling leading European ones.
Visitors will benefit from a generous exchange rate with the U.S. dollar and Canadians are waiving admission fees to their national parks for the entire year.
It may …

Lobby Bar – February 17: Earning Your In-flight Meal, Living a Disney Cartoon, and a Lone Hilton Tree

Lobby Bar – A Spartan Serving of FBT News and Views
Ride with Tolstoy. Join Paul Riegler behind the wheel of the 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited, one of Kia’s newest automobiles. A new technologically advanced windshield keeps the car as quiet as a library. Kia recognized this and went the extra mile by adding several leather-bound classics to the front cabin. Due to the size and weight of the books, the car’s …

Majority of Frequent Travelers Oppose Trump Travel Ban

A new Frequent Business Traveler poll revealed that most frequent travelers oppose President Trump’s recently enacted “Foreign Terrorist Entry” executive order.
The poll, conducted by Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, between February 1 and February 10, also found that the ban is having significant impact on both personal and corporate travel.
The executive order was immediately challenged in the courts, where several judges struck down parts …

Lobby Bar – February 10: Party Car Anthem, Rock-Filled Pillows, and Airplane Deodorant

Lobby Bar – A Righteous Roundup of FBT News and Views
Out of touch. A federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s temporary suspension of President Donald Trump’s “Foreign Terrorist Entry” executive order on Thursday. “However,” wrote the three judges, “we think banning middle-aged men with orange hair from entering the country could potentially provide us with tremendous security benefits.”
Discotility. Jonathan Spira hops into the driver’s seat of the 2017 Acura …

Lobby Bar – February 3: Emergency Condiments, Missing Letters, and Your Own Worst Nightmare

Lobby Bar – A Compelling Compilation of FBT News and Views
All chips, no dip. Emergencies happen everywhere in the world, so make sure you’re prepared with emergency contact information just in case disaster strikes while you are traveling. And no, running out of ketchup for your fish and chips snack in your Airbnb loft in London does not count as an emergency. However, running out of jellied eels does.
Gold on …

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Paramour’ at Lyric Theater

When I think of Cirque du Soleil, I see daring young men flying through the air on a trapeze, different circus acts (minus the animals), continuous music, and never a dull or boring moment.
Two previous Cirque shows, “Banana Shpeel” and “Zarkana,” after failing to gain traction, quietly left the big tent in the Big Apple in 2010 and 2012 respectively. As a result, the company invested heavily in its …