Monday Is Labor Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Anna Breuer

Monday is Labor Day in the United States, a holiday that honors the labor movement in the country, marks the meteorological end of summer, and is the last day of a three-day weekend.
Trade unions first proposed a holiday that recognizes the contribution that workers have made to the prosperity and well being of the country. Oregon was the first state to recognize the holiday, in 1887, and, by the time it …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2021 Edition

by Jesse Sokolow

September, the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian and Julian year, marks the start of the meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the meteorological spring in the Southern.  The month gets its name from the Latin word for seven, septem, as it was the seventh month in the oldest known Roman calendar, that of Romulus, in which March was the first month.
Known as the “harvest month” in …

Fasten Your Seatbelts: The Air Travel Boom is a Bust

by Jonathan Spira

Air travel was expected to be this summer’s comeback kid.  As the pandemic seemingly eased, travelers spent $6 billion on domestic flights in June, a record amount.
“Summer travel spending will be record-breaking,” one travel magazine’s headline stated.
But that was June and it was not to be: The Delta variant, originally known as the India variant or B.1.167.2, brought a quick halt to any such increases.
Instead, July domestic flight bookings fell …

‘This is Broadway’ Campaign Heralds Theater’s Comeback in the Big Apple

by Kurt Stolz

Broadway theater owners and producers, are desperate to get its core audience of New Yorkers back into the orchestra, front mezzanine, and rear mezzanine sections as musicals and plays reopen.
The “This is Broadway” campaign was created by Drew Hodges, who helped orchestrate a similar campaign after the 2001 terror attacks to bring tourists back to the Big Apple.
It will make its debut on screens not only across the five boroughs …

T-Mobile CEO: Data-Security Breach Was ‘Humbling’

by Paul Riegler

The CEO of T-Mobile made a public apology Friday for the recent security breach that allowed a hacker to access over 50 million customer records, and promised to take steps to take the company’s cyber security efforts “to the next level.”
In an open letter to customers, Mike Sievert said that the cyberattack was “humbling for all of us,” adding that he was “truly sorry.” Sievert further said that the company …

After a Week of Glitches, Amazon (Finally) Updates iOS Shopping App

by Anna Breuer

If your Amazon app wasn’t working properly over the past week, you were not alone.
Amazon (finally) updated its shopping app for Apple iOS after a significant number of users experienced glitches that prevented them from viewing order information for almost a week.
The problem did not affect Amazon’s app for Android users.
Multiple users on Twitter and at least two here at Frequent Business Traveler and The Travelist reported that parts of …

Vaccine Mandates Are a ‘Basic Safety Issue,’ Says United CEO

by Paul Riegler

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby told President Biden in the course of a meeting to discuss national vaccination efforts that he believes that vaccine mandates for companies will become the norm in the coming weeks, as the surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the India, or Delta, variant, escalates.
“A few weeks from now, this is going to be something that’s widespread across the country because it’s really just a basic …