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Lobby Bar – September 16: Frequent Sewing Travelers, Aircraft Steam Rooms, and Watches With Legs

Lobby Bar – A Confounding Combination of FBT News and Views
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Paul Riegler dines well on his flight home from Paris in American Airlines’ business class. The cabin is equipped with a full, professional kitchen complete with hood vents. The airline prides itself on recycling the hot air and steam, which gets redirected into the first class steam room on the upper deck.
Flight fright. Jonathan Spira talks about …

Oxford English Dictionary Makes New Words Legit, Because YOLO

Several times each year, the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary add new words they deem worthy of inclusion based on both FOMO and how they see the English language evolving.
Some of the new entries are a bit more salacious than others. Indeed, we are too prudish to publish some of them, but many of the newcomers are important to travelers. Others are connected to Roald Dahl and his writings, including …

Review: ‘Sully’ – Please Keep Your Seat Belts Fastened During the Movie

In a moment rare in New York City cinemas, a rapt audience kept silent during a 96-minute film (with the exception of a few appropriately timed chuckles), didn’t stir during the credits, experienced a water landing and an NTSB investigation, clearly happy to exit the theater having survived.
Opening in theaters just days before the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks replete with imagery of passenger planes crashing into buildings, …

Lobby Bar – September 9: Cars Feed on Emotions, JK Rowling’s Perfect Storm, and the World’s Largest Mirror

Lobby Bar – A Colossal Collaboration of FBT News and Views, with IKEA Instructions
Sandwich machinery. Paul Riegler pops into Flying Tiger Copenhagen to purchase a hand-cranked paper shredder. While the shredder neatly slices through paper, we’ve found that it also creates perfectly shaped slices of cheese for footlong sandwiches, and it’s rumored that Subway will be ordering a few million units for use in its locations across the globe.
Emotive vehicles. …

Lobby Bar – September 2: Obama’s Real Legacy, Free Massages, and Military-Grade Scarves

Lobby Bar – A Hard Boiled Box of FBT News and Views
Presidential piloting. Jonathan Spira takes control of the 2016 Lincoln MKX. This is the last vehicle Lincoln will produce under its current moniker; the company polled Americans across the nation and found that President Obama has been a more popular president than Mr. Abraham ever was. Next week: Paul Riegler reviews the 2017 Obama Legacy 4E.
ABC Disclaimer. Jesse Sokolow …

Planning a Trip to Cuba? Here’s What You Need to Know

Earlier this year, President Obama made history when he became the first U.S. leader to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. Other travelers want to follow in his footsteps.
Commercial flights from the United States to Cuba started earlier this week and many travelers are wondering how to visit the island nation.
While general tourism is still not permitted, many more types of visits are now allowed than was previously the case. …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2016

John Jacob Astor IV’s St. Regis hotel in New York City opened on September 4, 1904. The property, which continues to operate to this day, is known for its iconic King Cole Bar, which features Maxfield Parrish’s “Old King Cole” painting that had been created for Astor’s short-lived Knickerbocker Hotel on Broadway. Astor perished in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
On September 1, 1910, Glenn H. Curtiss made a …