After a Week of Glitches, Amazon (Finally) Updates iOS Shopping App

by Anna Breuer

If your Amazon app wasn’t working properly over the past week, you were not alone.
Amazon (finally) updated its shopping app for Apple iOS after a significant number of users experienced glitches that prevented them from viewing order information for almost a week.
The problem did not affect Amazon’s app for Android users.
Multiple users on Twitter and at least two here at Frequent Business Traveler and The Travelist reported that parts of …

Vaccine Mandates Are a ‘Basic Safety Issue,’ Says United CEO

by Paul Riegler

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby told President Biden in the course of a meeting to discuss national vaccination efforts that he believes that vaccine mandates for companies will become the norm in the coming weeks, as the surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the India, or Delta, variant, escalates.
“A few weeks from now, this is going to be something that’s widespread across the country because it’s really just a basic …

Andrew Cuomo, Whose FDR-Like Fireside Chats Kept America Informed During the Early Days of the Pandemic, Resigns In Disgrace

by Paul Riegler

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned from office Tuesday amidst a sexual harassment scandal that was veering out of control.
The resignation, effective in two weeks, is a dramatic reversal of fortunes for a politician who had become a familiar face to the nation as he held daily briefings for 100 days.  These briefings had become mandatory viewing for a nation whose population had been largely driven inside their homes. While …

American, Delta, Southwest Will Encourage, But Not Mandate, Jabs for Unvaccinated Workers

by Kurt Stolz

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines won’t require current unvaccinated employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, a stance that stands in contrast with United Airlines’ CEO’s mandate that its workers get fully vaccinated by October 25 in order to remain employed at the airline.
On Monday, the CEO Hawaiian Airlines, the nation’s tenth largest carrier, told workers that they must get vaccinated and have received their second dose …

Hit Broadway Musical ‘Come From Away’ to Make Debut on Apple TV+ on Sept. 10

by Paul Riegler

A filmed version of “Come from Away,” the hit Broadway musical starring Jenn Collela, will be available on Apple TV+ starting September 10.
The show tells the story of what happened when the “plane people” arrived in Gander on September 11, 2011 after terrorists used four airplanes to launch attacks against the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and presumably the White House or U.S. Capitol.
U.S. airspace – for the first time …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2021

by Jesse Sokolow

August, a holiday month for a good part of the world, is tied with July for the hottest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
It is the eighth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is named after Augustus, a Roman statesman who was the first ruler of the Roman Empire. The month was originally named Sextilis because it was the sixth month of …

Hotel Review: Canopy by Hilton Philadelphia Center City

by Jonathan Spira

Coordinating the opening of a hotel is a big deal no matter when it happens, but doing so in the midst of a raging pandemic is not only an achievement worthy of note but one fraught with some degree of peril.
The managers of the Canopy by Hilton Philadelphia Center City did just that and the hotel, located in the East Market development opened its doors to guests in August of …