Apple iPhone XS – Long-Term Review and Report

by Anna Breuer

While the Apple X – introduced 15 months ago – was the most radical design of the line since Steve Jobs spoke of combining an iPod, a phone, and a computer in one device ten years earlier, it was also in my opinion and that of my colleagues a gigantic beta test.
Among the issues that arose with the device were incoming call delays, buzzing speakers, finger swipes not being recognized …

What Travelers Need to Know Today: Monday, January 21, 2019 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Frigid Weather in the Northeast

by Jesse Sokolow

Good Monday morning. This is what you are waking up to.
Today, January 21, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.
Many people have the day off in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and local, county, state and federal offices and agencies are closed. For most companies, however, it is business as usual.
The United States Post Office won’t be delivering mail on Monday with the exception of …

5 Tips to Survive Winter Travel

by Paul Riegler

Winter travel brings with it special challenges, be it flying, taking the train, or driving.
Given that the winter storm season is in full force in much of the United States, it’s important to be prepared for multiple exigencies.
Here’s what you can do to stay safe and minimize delays when problems due to weather arise.
1.) Travel to Your Destination Early 
If you absolutely, positively have to be somewhere on a specific day, …

Inside the Aircraft Deicing Process: How It Makes Winter Flying Safer

by Jesse Sokolow

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting on an aircraft in New York, watching the thermometer precipitously drop from merely below freezing to Arctic in the wake of a major winter storm.  Admittedly, I’m lucky to be on a plane that will depart, given that 1,500 flights in the United States have already been cancelled, many in the Northeast.
After a 30-minute delay in boarding due to the late arrival of the …

Lobby Bar – January 18: Forgettable Names, Waltzing Matildas, and ‘I’ll Take Failed Attempts to Rename American Cities for $200, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: At 60 mph, the Loudest Noise Comes from the Electric Clock
We’re not making this one up.  Marriott announced that the new name of its guest loyalty program would be Bonvoy. The Lobby Bar crew can’t think of anything to add to this.
Jack Benny meet Mel Blanc.  Henry Feintuch visited the posh Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, bringing along his sister, Sue.  Sue? Si! And what does Sue do …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2019 North American International Auto Show

by Paul Riegler

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. This will be the last year that it kicks off the international car show calendar: in 2020, the show will reboot and move to June, leaving the Cobo Center and adding outdoor events that run along the city’s waterfront in addition to a show floor, something unimaginable in Detroit in the wintertime.
This …

Here’s What You Need to Know About Airport Security Checkpoint Wait Times During the Government Shutdown

by Anna Breuer

The partial government shutdown has led to a reduction in staffing at security checkpoints at the nation’s airports. Multiple airports had to consolidate security operations resulting in the closing of entire checkpoints at some terminals, including Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, Miami International, George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, and Washington Dulles International.
Here’s a guide to what to expect in the coming days, as it’s likely that the absenteeism rate will continue …