Lobby Bar

Lobby Bar – February 15: Lady Chablis, King of the Road, and ‘I’ll Take Salvador Dali Airplanes for $250, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: At 60 mph, the Loudest Noise Comes from the Electric Clock
Can’t take the heat.  American Airlines is effectively moving 700 flight attendants from Phoenix to Dallas/Fort Worth.  Rumors at the company say the reason is that too many of the company’s airliners were melting in the hot desert sun, but that’s only a rumor.  In a cost saving measure, American booked flights for the attendants on Southwest Airlines and said …

Lobby Bar – February 1: Carol Burnett, British Apologists, and ‘I’ll Take Crazy Rich Norwegians for $100,000, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: An Irreverent Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
We’re mad as dogs and not going to take it anymore.  American Airlines’ fleet is undergoing some major revisions in the next three years. The MD-80, known as the Mad Dog and once the mainstay of the airline’s fleet, is being retired.  The retirement came after the Society for the Prevention of Character Assassination of Canines asked the airline to
Flying …

Lobby Bar – November 16: Leg Men, Stooges in Cabinets, and ‘I’ll Take Floor Wax and Dessert Toppings for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: So Clever You Won’t Understand a Word
Out of order. A video in China showing housekeepers at leading hotels using the same cloth to clean cups, glasses, sinks, and toilets was viewed over one million times. Several hotel general managers were quoted off the record saying, “We told them to clean the toilets first, goddamit!”
Send in the clowns. Just hours after the British cabinet approved the negotiated deal for …

Lobby Bar – November 2: Spaghetti in the Tube, Blue Christmases, and ‘I’ll Take Famous 17th Century Native Americans for $100, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: Brought to You By the English Alphabet
His bite is actually worse.  Checking in to the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Jonathan Spira met the seemingly friendly four-legged concierge, who was wagging his tail in greeting the new guest. Unfortunately, Jonathan thought the concierge was offering him a welcome bone but that turned out not to be the case.
Over the river and through the woods.  Jesse Sokolow looks at important events …

Lobby Bar – October 19: Meet the Flintstones, Paging Dr. Emmet Brown, and ‘I’ll Take Fugitive Korean Air Executives for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: Caveat Emptor Here and We Mean It
Cheech and Chong. Weed became legal in Canada on Wednesday. This happened in large part because the stoner-in-chief, Justin Trudeau, found out that Canada was, on a per capita basis, the sixth largest user of recreational marijuana. “Sixth? We’re only sixth?” he was heard to cry out upon assuming the office of prime minister.
“We’ll have a gay, old time.”  Virgin Atlantic is …

Lobby Bar – October 6: Star Trek, The Swingin’ 60s, and ‘I’ll Take Airport History for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: The Airline With the Most Cancelled Flights
Catch me if you can.  The Pan Am Museum Foundation celebrated the opening of an exhibit on the Boeing 707, the aircraft that ushered in the jet age.  No. 1 Pan Am Fan and FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira was, of course, in attendance at the retro 60s gala, which included a dinner inspired by the first Pan Am 707 flight from …

Lobby Bar – September 28: Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Marty McFly, and ‘I’ll Take Bondage for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar – At 60 mph, the Loudest Noise Comes from the Electric Clock
All tied up and no place to go. Jonathan Spira attended a performance of the rather risqué and lascivious off-Broadway show “Kink Haüs,” an exuberant look at queer nightlife in Berlin. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been heard from since although several readers reported seeing him dancing to the song, “Nein Mann (ich will noch nicht gehen, ich will noch’n bisschen tanzen).”
Relax, …