Interview with United Airlines’ Aaron McMillan: Will In-Airport Covid-19 Testing Jumpstart Travel?

by Jonathan Spira

The relatively few people who wish to travel today face a constantly shifting maze of rules and regulations when it comes to restrictions on crossing state and international borders.
To combat the spread of the coronavirus and entice people to return to travel amidst a coronavirus pandemic induced travel slump, governments and companies in the travel industry alike have floated numerous ideas to facilitate entry.
In many respects, it appears that everyone …

The Clock is Ticking for Lawmakers to Save Airline Jobs and the U.S. Airline Industry

by Jonathan Spira

While Congress moved with great speed and alacrity to approve emergency funding for the airline industry in March, just as the industry was beginning to feel the effects of the massive coronavirus pandemic-induced drop in travel, it is moving in a dilatory fashion to assist the industry now that unprecedented damage has been done.
Six months later, government intervention may be the only way to preserve hundreds of thousands of jobs …

Say Goodbye to Summer: The Autumnal Equinox is Tuesday

by Anna Breuer

The weather outside may not yet be frightful, but the slight chill in the air is indicative that summer is coming to an end.  Indeed, the first day of autumn is not only just around the corner, but it is tomorrow, September 22.
The seasons change on the day of the autumnal equinox, the second of two equinoxes each year.
What exactly is an equinox and what does it signify? Each year, …

Seinfeld, Senator Schumer, and Broadway League Rally to ‘Save Our Stages’

by Paul Riegler

Theaters in much of the United States have been dark since mid March and many theater owners fear they may never be able to reopen.
Meanwhile, the aptly-named Save Our Stages Act, a bi-partisan bill introduced earlier in the summer by Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and John Cornyn, a Republican, would provide six months of Small Business Administration grants to live music venue operators who have been devastated by the …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lexus LS 500 F Sport AWD

by Jonathan Spira

We last looked at Lexus’ flagship LS in standard LS and LS Hybrid guise late last year and this summer turned our sights towards their more powerful sibling, the LS 500 F Sport AWD.
Now in its fifth generation, the original Lexus LS, launched in the same year that the marque was, namely 1989, turned the automotive industry on its ear.  Back then, Lexus stunned the automotive world with a luxury …

Apple Unveils New Watch, iPad Air, and Fitness Service

by Kurt Stolz

At the company’s first virtual-only product launch, Apple introduced a new Apple Watch that is capable of measuring blood oxygen levels, a watch priced at a significantly lower price point than in the past, and a new iPad.
Unlike at past events in September where Apple would reveal its new line of iPhones, the iPhone 12 is expected to make its debut in mid-October due to pandemic-induced delays in production.
As a …

Review: Radio Swiss Classic Offers Infinite Variety of Composers and Artists

by Paul Riegler

Ten years ago, I reviewed the online broadcaster Radio Swiss Classic in these pages. Given that I have been listening practically nonstop to this station since the start of the pandemic, I thought it was once again time to bring it to our readers’ attention.
Commercial-free Radio Swiss Classic is operated by Swiss Satellite Radio, a division of Switzerland’s public broadcaster, SRG SSR, known in English as the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.  I’ve …