American, Delta, Southwest Will Encourage, But Not Mandate, Jabs for Unvaccinated Workers

by Kurt Stolz

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines won’t require current unvaccinated employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, a stance that stands in contrast with United Airlines’ CEO’s mandate that its workers get fully vaccinated by October 25 in order to remain employed at the airline.
On Monday, the CEO Hawaiian Airlines, the nation’s tenth largest carrier, told workers that they must get vaccinated and have received their second dose …

Hit Broadway Musical ‘Come From Away’ to Make Debut on Apple TV+ on Sept. 10

by Paul Riegler

A filmed version of “Come from Away,” the hit Broadway musical starring Jenn Collela, will be available on Apple TV+ starting September 10.
The show tells the story of what happened when the “plane people” arrived in Gander on September 11, 2011 after terrorists used four airplanes to launch attacks against the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and presumably the White House or U.S. Capitol.
U.S. airspace – for the first time …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2021

by Jesse Sokolow

August, a holiday month for a good part of the world, is tied with July for the hottest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
It is the eighth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is named after Augustus, a Roman statesman who was the first ruler of the Roman Empire. The month was originally named Sextilis because it was the sixth month of …

Hotel Review: Canopy by Hilton Philadelphia Center City

by Jonathan Spira

Coordinating the opening of a hotel is a big deal no matter when it happens, but doing so in the midst of a raging pandemic is not only an achievement worthy of note but one fraught with some degree of peril.
The managers of the Canopy by Hilton Philadelphia Center City did just that and the hotel, located in the East Market development opened its doors to guests in August of …

Lucid Motors, Launching on Nasdaq, Changes Definition of Luxury EV

by Paul Riegler

Tesla competitor Lucid Motors celebrated its debut on the Nasdaq Monday with fanfare worthy of the best of television game shoes, including the appropriate amount of confetti for a company with a market value of roughly $43 billion that has yet to sell a single vehicle.
While there are many comparisons that have been made with Tesla – the company’s CEO Peter Rawlin led the development of the Tesla Model S …

Airlines, Once in Favor of a Mask Mandate, Are Over It

by Anna Breuer

Face masks are required on all public transit regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, but that could soon change.  With support of U.S. airlines and cabin crew, President Joseph Biden issued a mask mandate shortly after taking office that requires passengers on planes, trains, buses, and streetcars to don the face covering.
The masks limit the wearer’s exposure to respiratory droplets and large particles of the virus and may help prevent people …

Volkswagen Passat Reaches the End of the Road in the U.S.

by Kurt Stolz

Once upon a time, boys and girls, there was the Chevrolet Impala, the Buick Electra, the Ford Taurus, and even the Lincoln Continental. But car buyers began to reject sedans in favor of crossovers and gone were these models with the stroke of a pen, along with Acura RLX, the Cadillac CT6, the Jaguar XE, and, now, the Volkswagen Passat.
Volkswagen said Monday that 2022 will be the final year for …