Lobby Bar – January 12: The Great JFK International Rafting Depot, Automakers Sell Weed, and How to Cheat at Airporting

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – Is This Thing Still On?
Changing directions. Did you ever think “Spongebob Squarepants” would become a Broadway musical? No? Then get ready for another surprise, because next week we’ve got “Frequent Business Traveler: The Musical,” featuring an original cast of travel editors who can neither sing nor dance but have something they need to share with the world anyway.
Dangerous games. Paul Riegler is here to answer the question on …

Just Another Bikini Bottom Day at ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ at Palace Theater – Review

by Blaise Buckley

When I think of Spongebob Squarepants, the Nickelodeon cartoon dish sponge I grew up watching, the last thing that comes to mind is “this would make a great Broadway musical.” Spongebob Squarepants, a popular cartoon character since 1999, lives in a pineapple under the sea next to his best friend, a starfish named Patrick, and both are friends with a scientist/karate squirrel in a spacesuit. Spongebob has a boss who’s …

Wireless Charging and the New Apple iPhones: Is it a Game Changer?

by Paul Riegler

One of most-hyped features included with Apple’s three latest iPhones – the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X – is wireless charging. Before I came to experience wireless charging on a regular basis, I truly thought it was mostly smoke and mirrors. I was happy to find out I was mistaken as this may be one of the most underrated yet useful new features I’ve come across in …

Take Our 2018 Winter Travel News Quiz and Win Pan Am Memorabilia

by Paul Riegler

Winter is here and with it, our Winter Travel News Quiz. Take a break from shoveling snow and find out if you paid sufficient attention in class by taking the ten-question quiz. By doing so, you could win a piece of airline history including items from Pan Am.
Be aware that your inner travel or aviation geek could emerge unexpectedly.
Simply scroll down, have fun, and share the quiz with your friends …

Review: Air Canada Signature Suite at Toronto Pearson International Airport

by Jonathan Spira

No matter where you are in an airport, you feel as if you are in an airport. That is unless you are in the new Air Canada Signature Suite lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Here in the lounge, the outside world virtually disappears. It’s more like a private supper club, as only paid business-class passengers traveling on Air Canada flights are invited. Indeed, you feel as if you needed to …

Lobby Bar – January 5: Naked Pilots, Ice Cream Storms, and the Lonely Need Not Fly

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Glow-In-The-Dark Summary of FBT News and Views
What’s in a name. Let’s take a look at the “at” sign, that is to say the @ sign, which has many names in different languages. It also goes by the name of “spider monkey,” “strudel,” and “elephant trunk,” although we’ve taken a liking to calling our @ sign “Hunter.”
Please obey. With the onset of the New Year, a slew …

It’s a Spider Monkey. It’s a Strudel. It’s the Humble At Sign

by Anna Breuer

Until the advent of the Internet, the humble pastry-like @ symbol had been relegated to a very specific and unglamorous task. That is, until e-mail inventor Ray Tomlinson came along and, in 1971, used @ to separate an individual’s user name from the name of their e-mail server, a scheme that has been in use ever since.
While English speakers read the at sign, or @, aloud as “at,” that isn’t …