Articles in Journeys

Is Your State’s Driver’s License Ready for Travel? Here Is An Update on Real ID Rules

If you recently noticed a sign near the TSA security checkpoint portending that federal agencies would soon discontinue accepting driver’s licenses issued by certain states, it wasn’t a mistake: just blame the Real ID Act of 2005.
One item generating an inordinate amount of buzz is this sentence on the Department of Homeland Security’s website:
“Starting January 22, 2018, passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not …

U.S. Government Shutdown: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Today, Saturday, is the first day of the U.S. government shutdown, an action that came after a failure to pass relevant legislation funding government operations and agencies.
This shutdown, however, should be a little more friendly to tourists than the prior shutdown in 2013 thanks to numerous exemptions that were put into place after that took place.
While most federal agencies are closed on the weekend, most national parks will remain open, …

Lobby Bar – January 19: Free Llamas, TSA Armor Checks, and Cars get Human Transplants

Lobby Bar – Where It’s Okay to Wear a Denim Vest
CarHuman. Christian Stampfer reports from the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Check out BMW’s new kidney, which has been replaced with an actual human kidney for better performance. Just remember that this means you will need to bring your BMW to a nephrologist rather than a mechanic if things go wrong.
Welcome to the future. Join Jonathan Spira …

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 …