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Lobby Bar – January 27: Trump Exports Vegans, Ancient In-Flight Entertainment, and Let Robots do Your Chores

Lobby Bar – An Alternative Reality Summary of FBT News and Views
Meat me at the border. Let’s take a look at the world in terms of hamburger economics. While this system is usually helpful in evaluating the strength of a country’s currency, under Trump’s command, the United States will now begin using actual hamburgers as currency. Vegetarians and vegans are invited to “help build the wall, then stay on the …

Lobby Bar – January 20: Toilets of the Future, Nudity Aboard the Aircraft, and Cloning Yourself for Extra Hotel Points

Lobby Bar – A Curious Collective of FBT News and Views
Bathroom munchies. The Japanese toilet industry plans to introduce newer, more easily understood controls for high-tech toilets. The industry will also be doing away with one feature: a button that looks as though it should clean the toilet bowl but actually places an order for sushi through a local restaurant, and delivered through the bathroom window.
Quiet please! Remember, in the U.K., …

Lobby Bar – January 13: New Driving Safety Standards, Whiskey on Tap Tap, and Shrubbery Take Charge

A Super Summary of FBT News and Views, on Steroids
Rise of the machines. A California law that went into effect at the beginning of this year bars drivers from holding and operating a handheld electronic device while driving. Unfortunately, cars are so technologically advanced that a federal ruling in late December classified all cars as handheld electronic devices, which means that drivers in California are not allowed to touch the …

Lobby Bar – January 6: Weather is Evolving, Bobbing for Apple Stores, and What’s an Iceport?

An Untold and Untrue Summary of FBT News and Views
Let’s get physical. Jeremy Del Nero (aloha!) flies to Hawaii and checks into the Hyatt Regency Maui. I was there on business but still managed to get lei’d no less than three times! Just don’t tell our editorial director, because I want to be able to return to Maui some day.
Just in case. Jesse Sokolow travels to significant moments in Januarys …

Lobby Bar – December 30: The Future of Airports, Times Unchanged Roman, and How to Return an Airplane

An Exaggerated Example of FBT News and Views
Six of one… Jonathan Spira visits Matsuhisa Munich and Bar31 for a bite. The meal was excellent to the best of Mr. Spira’s memory, but after the mandatory 31 drinks, he couldn’t quite be sure which had better texture: the sashimi or fine cloth napkins.
Tradition transition. It’s that time of year: join Miss Sophie for her annual tradition: “Dinner for One.” It’s become …

Lobby Bar – December 23: Reindeer Get High, the Ultimate Instagram, and how Canadians do Security

A Triumphant Triptych of FBT News and Views
Picky eater. Jonathan Spira flies in Air Berlin’s business class from New York to Düsseldorf. The menu was tailored to Mr. Spira’s exacting specifications: the crew replaced his dish’s tomatoes and onions with popcorn and marshmallows. It was the least healthy salad he would ever consume, but at least he got a good Instagram picture out of it.
Acronyms, They Are A-Changin’. If you’re …

Lobby Bar – December 16: Impersonating Flight Attendants, Copyrighted Vegetables, and Why Magnets are the Answer

A Hysterically Hilarious Recollection of FBT News and Views
One of us. Join Jonathan Spira at the Music Box Theater for a musical for the Facebook Generation: “Dear Evan Hansen” and stay after the show for the sequel, “Dear Paul Riegler.” Like Evan, Paul is a troubled lad who can’t seem to make a social connection with anyone at school due to his awkward nature. Learn the story about the misfit …