Flight Review: WestJet Premium Class New York-LaGuardia – Toronto

by Jonathan Spira

With apologies to another North American airline, the friendly skies may also be found at WestJet, Canada’s second largest carrier. From my telephone call to the reservations center, where I spoke with an agent, Pam, who – despite my lack of status with the airline – treated me like a valued passenger and customer, to the gate agent with the engaging smile, it was a refreshing change.
My flight – a …

Theater Review: ‘The Woman in Black’ at McKittrick Hotel

by Jonathan Spira

Some 30 years ago, theatergoers in London started flocking to see “The Woman in Black,” Stephen Mallatratt’s sparse adaptation of Susan Hill’s 1983 novella. They are still attending in force and the show is one of only three in the history of New York and London theater that have hit that mark, namely Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” which having been performed daily in London since 1952 is the world’s longest-running …

Expert Q&A: Addressing Traveler Concerns About the Coronavirus – ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’

by Jesse Sokolow

The daily dispatches from Hong Kong and Wuhan and Beijing about Covid-19, the official name for the novel coronavirus that seemingly sprung out of nowhere in Wuhan, China, are nowhere near an end. Travel is down in some instances by over 90%, and thousands of people are under quarantine after possible exposure to the virus.  This leaves travelers – be they business or leisure – wondering, should I stay or …

Europe Faces Up to the Coronavirus as Cases in Italy Soar

by Paul Riegler

The Italian government implemented the strongest measures yet in Europe to combat the novel coronavirus, including the imposition of fines, after a third person died of the virus on Sunday.
The move comes after the number of cases in the first major outbreak of Covid-19 in Europe rose to 152.
The outbreak appears to be one of a growing number of clusters of cases with no direct to the outbreak in Wuhan.
Officials …

How to Combat the Coronavirus with Proper Hand Washing

by Paul Riegler

While hand washing has been a central component of personal hygiene for years, as well as a religious and cultural custom, the link between hand washing and health first appeared two centuries ago.
It wasn’t until Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian doctor working at the Allgemeines Krankenhaus der Stadt Wien in Vienna, discovered that the incidence of peuerperal fever could be dramatically reduced by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics, …

Hotel Review: Hilton Munich City, Germany

by Jonathan Spira

The Munich City Hotel on the Rosenheimerstraße near the Gasteig cultural center is just a little over 30 years old yet it isn’t at all showing its age, thanks to a recent top-to-bottom $50 million renovation that left no area of the property untouched.
I hadn’t been at a Hilton in the city since I was 11 and we stayed en familie at the Hilton am Tucherpark during that visit, so …

Restaurant Review: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Fried Chicken Sandwich

by Anna Breuer

The Popeyes Chicken Sandwich became instantly famous when it was introduced, went viral, and promptly went out of stock last August, and the fervor it created rivaled Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, an ironic comparison given that the chicken sandwich actually has chicken while the pumpkin spice latte drink didn’t for its first ten years of existence include pumpkin.
While no one on the FBT staff is enamored of fast food, my …