Lobby Bar – October 11: Airport World Records, Addicting TV Shows, Yogi Berra, London Suiteness, and Bartering for Airfare

By Jeremy Del Nero on 11 October 2013
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DSC_1054…Awkward.  Watch Brussels Airport employees sing and dance in this humorous video.  Two of our editors tried a similar stunt at a local supermarket, but nobody joined in.

Chasing correlations. In a recent survey, most frequent travelers said that they combat jet lag by forcing themselves to adjust to their new time zone.  In other news, another study finds that narcolepsy is on the rise.

Fit for a king.  Dan Collins checks into the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London, where his room was larger than my entire apartment.  With 850 square feet of glorious London Suiteness and a king size bed, you’d think Dan might have invited me along, but noooo…

Time flies when you’ve got no checked luggage.  Paul Riegler flies Delta to almost-Canada in a comfortable BusinessElite lie-flat seat.  There are a lot of things that can be done in three minutes – brushing your teeth, eating a slice of pizza, mindlessly grazing Facebook, or taking out the trash – but Riegler became the first person ever to make it from the terminal entrance to airside in 180 seconds.

Déjà vu all over again.  Jonathan Spira gets behind the wheel of a 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d.  It may be a bit large, but you can count on it driving like a BMW should, that is, you’ll still be able to cackle as you pass traffic effortlessly.  What, you don’t cackle when you pass traffic?  Time for an upgrade, then.

Déjà vu part deux.  Jonathan Spira gets behind the wheel of a… LOT Polish Dreamliner?  Check out our complete virtual tour and review of the high-tech aircraft  Don’t worry, the kind folks at LOT were sensible enough not to let Mr. Spira pilot the 7-ton beast for too long.

Breaking Bad habits.  T-Mobile announced that Simple Choice customers now have free access to data roaming in more than one hundred countries.  Finally, you don’t have to put your Breaking Bad binging on hold for silly international business trips.

Acting careers have to start somewhere.  Aeroflot is rolling out Dobrolet, a new budget airline for the frugally minded.  Ten bucks got me a spot in a standing-only section of the plane, provided that I helped out with the safety demonstration.

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