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Lobby Bar – May 22: Royal Flushes, Cuddle Service, and Crowd-Powered Aircraft

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Royal spoons. Jonathan Spira checks into the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, where Club Level guests are treated like royalty. These elite members receive complimentary pressing of two garments each day, free Wi-Fi access in the lounge, and a cuddle buddy for those cold New Orleans nights.
Time killer. Paul Riegler pokes around Flushing Meadows Park, which once played host to …

United Airlines Offering Bounty for Finding IT Bugs

United Airlines Offering Bounty for Finding IT Bugs

United Airlines announced Thursday that it will pay those who uncover technology-related bugs at the airline.
The practice of offering bug bounty programs is common – untold numbers of companies in the tech sector, including Facebook and Google, offer techies as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars to expose security flaws in their products.
United Airlines will offer MileagePlus points for uncovering both small and large flaws.  The Chicago-based airline said …

United Breaks Ground on New Terminal in Houston

United Breaks Ground on New Terminal in Houston

United Airlines announced on Monday the beginning of construction on its new Terminal C North concourse at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The $244 million, 265,000-square-foot new terminal will be more than 100,000 square feet larger than the existing Terminal C North.
The concourse will have 11 gates to accommodate United’s narrow-, mid-, and wide-body aircraft, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the tarmac. Twenty new dining and retail …

United Airlines Announces Apple Watch App

United Airlines Announces Apple Watch App

United Airlines announced its Apple Watch app and provided details into the research that led to the creation of the app.
The airline’s app will provide features that include the ability to view reservations and check on flight status.  It also supports flight alerts and allows the traveler to access his boarding pass via integration with the iPhone’s Passbook functionality.
Chris MacGregory, a user experience architect at the airline, said that the …

United to Upgrade International Economy-Class Meal Service

United to Upgrade International Economy-Class Meal Service

United Airlines announced it will introduce new in-flight meal options for economy-class passengers on select long-haul international flights beginning on June 1.  The carrier will upgrade its complimentary meal to a three-course affair on these flights, as well as begin offering complimentary beer and wine.
First course will consist of a beverage and passengers’ choice of cheese and crackers, baked whole-grain bruschetta chips, or Kiri cheese spread and crackers.
As a main …

United Sees Decrease in Traffic and Capacity for March

United Sees Decrease in Traffic and Capacity for March

United Airlines announced operational results for March 2015.  Both the carrier’s consolidated traffic and consolidated capacity for the month were down slightly year-over-year, while its load factor also decreased marginally.
Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of March was 17.349 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a decrease of 0.7% from 17.465 billion RPMs in March 2014.  The carrier’s total capacity for the month was down 0.6%, to …

Air Traffic Control Strike in France Causes Thousands of Flight Cancellations

Air Traffic Control Strike in France Causes Thousands of Flight Cancellations

Air traffic control workers in France began a two-day strike on Wednesday, causing thousands of flights that would fly over French airspace to be cancelled and delayed.
The French Civil Aviation Authority DGAC asked airlines to cancel approximately 40% of their flights on Wednesday, and warned that that number could be as high as 50% on Thursday, April 9.
Air France, the country’s flag carrier, which has its main hub at Charles …