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Lobby Bar – January 20: Toilets of the Future, Nudity Aboard the Aircraft, and Cloning Yourself for Extra Hotel Points


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Bathroom munchies. The Japanese toilet industry plans to introduce newer, more easily understood controls for high-tech toilets. The industry will also be doing away with one feature: a button that looks as though it should clean the toilet bowl but actually places an order for sushi through a local restaurant, and delivered through the bathroom window.
Quiet please! Remember, in the U.K., …

Traveler Alert: In U.K., Silent Emergency Assistance Can Come to the Rescue


In 2003, Hannah Foster, a teenager, was murdered after her 999 emergency call was judged accidental because she didn’t speak directly to the operator but instead held the line open in the expectation that the operator would hear the conversation she was having with her abductor. Instead, her call was determined to be accidental and ended by an operator.
Similar earlier incidents led the London Metropolitan Police Service to introduce in …

Lobby Bar – January 13: New Driving Safety Standards, Whiskey on Tap Tap, and Shrubbery Take Charge

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Rise of the machines. A California law that went into effect at the beginning of this year bars drivers from holding and operating a handheld electronic device while driving. Unfortunately, cars are so technologically advanced that a federal ruling in late December classified all cars as handheld electronic devices, which means that drivers in California are not allowed to touch the …

Lobby Bar – January 6: Weather is Evolving, Bobbing for Apple Stores, and What’s an Iceport?


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Let’s get physical. Jeremy Del Nero (aloha!) flies to Hawaii and checks into the Hyatt Regency Maui. I was there on business but still managed to get lei’d no less than three times! Just don’t tell our editorial director, because I want to be able to return to Maui some day.
Just in case. Jesse Sokolow travels to significant moments in Januarys …

Review: Triple F.A.T. Goose Chenega Parka

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It came to me via an ad in Facebook of all things. I had searched off and on for a parka for the cold winter weather that has become de rigueur in the Northeast and the Triple F.A.T. Goose ad promised same-day delivery via a bicycle delivery service, UberRush.
I wasn’t familiar with the company or its products but, as it turned out, it was a highly regarded urban brand in …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2017


On January 18, 1905, the Wright Brothers began negotiations with the United States government over whether to sell it an airplane. They eventually acquiesced.
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, …

Lobby Bar – December 30: The Future of Airports, Times Unchanged Roman, and How to Return an Airplane


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Six of one… Jonathan Spira visits Matsuhisa Munich and Bar31 for a bite. The meal was excellent to the best of Mr. Spira’s memory, but after the mandatory 31 drinks, he couldn’t quite be sure which had better texture: the sashimi or fine cloth napkins.
Tradition transition. It’s that time of year: join Miss Sophie for her annual tradition: “Dinner for One.” It’s become …