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Great Moments in Travel History – February 2018

On February 2, 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war between Mexico and the United States. The United States acquired territories comprising present day Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Wyoming in exchange for a $15 million payment to Mexico.
The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California opened on February 19, 1888. At the time it was the largest resort hotel in the world, and …

A Conversation with Frequent Traveler Laurie Haspel, CEO of Haspel Clothing

The seersucker suit has been considered the mainstay of a gentleman’s summer wardrobe, tracing its origins back to its introduction by Joseph Haspel Sr. in 1909. Today, Laurie Haspel Aronson, Joseph Haspel’s great-granddaughter, is CEO of Haspel Clothing, which is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
As a long-time aficionado of seersucker – the thin, puckered, all-cotton fabric is the perfect way to dress well in warmer climes – I was pleased …

Lobby Bar – January 26: Sampling Your DNA, Motorized Slippers, Fake IDs, and the Ground is Lava

Lobby Bar – What Happens at the Lobby Bar Stays at the Lobby Bar
Sponsored by the NSA. Join the discussion: is the mobile passport app faster than global entry? Really, you should all be using the passport section of the FBT app, which lets you prick your finger and place a drop of blood into the charging port of your device.  Our systems will then analyze your DNA and retrieve a …

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 …