Articles in Journeys

Lobby Bar – March 3: Getting Noticed in Flight, Demons Love Airports, and the TSA Goes Rogue

Lobby Bar – A Silly Soliloquy of FBT News and Views
Loyal to the end. Boeing’s high-tech 787 Dreamliner aircraft has surpassed the 767 in total orders in a third of the time. This is thanks to Boeing’s popular Dreamliner Punch Rewards Card. Every time an airline buys a Dreamliner, it gets an airplane-shaped hole punch in the card, and after ten punches, the airline can head to Starbucks and get …

5 Tips for Avoiding Food-Borne Illnesses While Traveling

Traveling frequently includes eating on the run, eating at heretofore unknown venues, eating part of a meal and saving the rest for later, and taking leftovers back to one’s hotel room. In addition, fruit and local delicacies may look appealing but come with their own risks.
Especially in developing countries, travelers are at risk of consuming contaminated food or drinks.
It’s important to be aware of food-safety precautions that can reduce the …

Great Moments in Travel History – March 2017

On March 10, 1910, William Boeing bought Heath’s Shipyard in Seattle, Washington. The shipyard, located on the Duwamish River, would later become Boeing’s first airplane factory.
Le Canard (French for “the Duck”), the first seaplane, made its debut flight at La Mède harbor in Martigues, France, on March 28, 1910. The aircraft was built by Henri Fabre, and flew a distance of about 1,600 feet (487 meters) at a maximum altitude …

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 …