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Lobby Bar – November 21: No Blood for Oil, Soothing Cleaning Appliances, and Packing Tips from a Wizard

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The Lobby Bar – A Polished, Droll Summary of FBT News and Views 
Harry Packer. Robert Waldner details eight tips for holiday travel packing. For a most successful trip, purchase one of Hermione’s handbags, which measures 12″ x 14″ x 6″ yet somehow manages twelve cubic feet of internal storage. The bag can be found in Diagon Alley’s West 4th Street location in New York City.
To the microscope! Jeremy Del Nero …

New York City to Get Free Public Wi-Fi

New York City to Get Free Public Wi-Fi

New York City announced that it plans to replace public payphones with Links, hubs that provide free public Wi-Fi Internet. The project, called LinkNYC, will generate an estimated more than $500 million in revenue for the city in the first 12 years.
The city plans to add 10,000 Links, which will offer gigabit speeds from a Wi-Fi network. Links will also provide free domestic phone calls, a charging station for phones, …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: November 8, 2014

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November is here and another week comes to an end. Once again, it’s time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features that you may have missed this week. Here are five stories that we think you’ll want to read.
1.) A new FBT poll is surveying frequent flyers about Ebola concerns and if they are affecting travel plans. The poll seeks to address what travelers know about Ebola …

Marriott to Offer Free Wi-Fi to Marriott Rewards Members

Marriott to Offer Free Wi-Fi to Marriott Rewards Members

Marriott announced that it will begin offering complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access to members of its Marriott Rewards program who book stays directly through the company’s website, mobile app, call center, or a Marriott hotel.
The new policy will go into effect beginning January 15 of next year.
Free Wi-Fi will be available at properties under the Marriott Hotels, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, Marriott Executive Apartments, and AC Hotels by …

Lobby Bar – October 17: Fish Bones, Poetry Trees, Eaten Alive, and the Brand New Apricot aPad

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The Lobby Bar – A Smile-Inducing Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views 
Forecast for Hell? It turns out that 86% percent of frequent flyers aren’t too fond of the TSA. When will things begin to improve? That’s still up for debate, but we’ve seen pigs getting fitted for wings, so there may still be hope yet.
Stop. In the name of Security. Apparently nobody is safe from the TSA’s intrusive probing …

New York to Add Wi-Fi and Phone Service to Additional Subway Stations

New York to Add Wi-Fi and Phone Service to Additional Subway Stations

New York City transit officials said Tuesday that they would be adding mobile phone and Wi-Fi service to additional locations in the coming months.
The city will add service to 40 underground subway stops, with 11 in Manhattan and 29 in Queens. There are already 36 stations in Manhattan that have service. The story was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.
The Wi-Fi service will be free. Royal Caribbean Cruises would …

Marriott Fined for Blocking Guests’ Wi-Fi Networks

Marriott Fined for Blocking Guests’ Wi-Fi Networks

The Federal Communications Commission fined Marriott International for blocking rival Wi-Fi networks at a Nashville resort in order to force guests to pay for access to the hotel’s Internet service.
The agency’s investigation revealed that employees of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, used the hotel’s Wi-Fi monitoring system “to contain and/or de-authenticate guest-created Wi-Fi hotspot access points in the conference facilities.”  This forced guests and event …