At LAX, top-end airline lounges offer a gentle place to decompress

Los Angeles Times

I was killing time at LAX and wandered into the Qantas first-class lounge. A waiter appeared offering Champagne. To my right was a posh bar where a mixologist was creating drinks.

Only three passengers on BA flight enjoy champagne and selfies

BBC News

Three British Airways passengers had a once-in-a-lifetime flight after finding they were the only ones on board. Lawrie-Lin Waller, 33, said she and her friends were upgraded to business class, treated to bottles of champagne, and posed for selfies with the captain. And on their trip from Gibraltar to Heathrow on 17 December her friends Laura Stevens, 34, and Sarah Hunt, 35, enjoyed three-course meals. Ms Waller said: "We're never going to experience anything like that again." She said their plane had been delayed, but when they arrived at Gibraltar airport everyone else had boarded an earlier flight.

CES for Marketers: Alexa Wows, Virtual Reality Underwhelms


Over the past few years the CES trade show has become a familiar post-holidays pilgrimage for many of the country's biggest marketers. They see the event as a way to get a sneak peek at the latest tech gadgets and technologies that can help them engage with their customers. This year marketing executives from companies such as Coca-Cola, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Campbell Soup and PepsiCo Inc. made their way to Las Vegas for the gathering. The convention was jam-packed with everything from self-driving cars to robots that play chess to Procter & Gamble's air-freshener spray that can connect with Alphabet Inc.'s Nest home to automatically release pleasant scents in the home. But there was one category that seemed to especially win over marketers: virtual assistants.

P&O cruise forced to turn around after woman smacks man with wine bottle

FOX News

A P&O cruise liner was forced to head back to Sydney after a fight broke out between passengers waiting in line for the lavatory, according to police in New South Wales. The fight allegedly broke out between a group of men celebrating a bachelor party on the P&O's Pacific Explorer on Saturday night, during which one man's 37-year old female friend allegedly struck a 21-year-old man over the head with an empty wine bottle, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The brawl was broken up by security, and the 21-year-old man was treated for a laceration on his head, ABC reports. The entire group was detained by the ship's crew. P&O further revealed in a statement that New South Wales Police Marine Area Command responded to a call for help on Sunday morning, meeting the Pacific Explorer in the Sydney harbor and removing the group from the liner.

United Airlines and Pepsi suffer the wrath of cutting ‘SNL’ sketch


Trigger warning (not really): you have to experience Jimmy Fallon singing Savage Garden before this sketch gets to the good stuff. The past two weeks have seen a pair of news items eclipse even the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad presidency of Donald J. Trump: Pepsi's highly questionable "Kendall Jenner fixed society with our soda" commercial and United Airlines' reprehensible steps taken to "re-accommodate" a seated passenger. 'SNL' agrees with the internet, turns Harry Styles into a perfect Mick Jagger