Travel Expert | TV Host | Traffic Reporter
I'm a Travel Expert, TV Host, Brand Ambassador & Traffic Reporter based in Washington, D.C.
Currently I serve as co-host of the nationally syndicated travel & lifestyle show “The Jet Set” and as a Traffic Anchor in Washington, D.C.
Did you know? I'm the only televised and call upon travel expert with actual, hands-on, front-line travel industry experience.
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As a travel expert and former flight attendant I love to assist the media including journalists and producers, complete their travel stories with insider insight into processes and procedures, in-flight safety standards, anecdotes which range from everyday life in the sky to hilarious and strange situations and commentary on the aviation and travel industry as a whole.
Additionally, I am always interested in opportunities which allow me to regularly share my insight, destination features, and travel industry commentary on a regular basis as a columnist or reporter for news organizations and blogs.
If you're a brand, satellite media tour agency, organization or association seeking to partner with a travel expert/insider, than look no further. As a former flight attendant and in-flight policy and procedure analyst, I'm an experienced traveler with knowledge other travel experts cannot speak to and an audience they can't touch. Having traveled professionally for the past twelve years, my opinions, travel tips, insight, features and articles have been featured on and within America's most viewed television programs and publications such as The TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Dr. Oz, Inside Edition, Conde Nast Traveler and dozens of other top media outlets across the country.
My thorough knowledge of the training, procedures and role of a flight attendant coupled with my hands-on aviation experience, has led me to be called upon as an Expert Witness in cases surrounding airline cabin safety. I can review, advise, report and testify to situations surrounding the role and career of a flight attendant, Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) and compliance, on-board emergency procedures including: aircraft emergency evacuation procedures, disruptive passenger handling & restraint procedures and In-Flight medical emergencies among others.
Background: I developed, tested, maintained and worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create policies and procedures for the US Airways/American Airlines InFlight Emergency Manual which contained company and FAA approved and enforced procedures for all aspects of domestic and international flights from safety to service. All flight attendants at the airline were trained on and had to prove proficiency with the procedures outlined in the IEM annually.
As one of the original Virgin America crewmembers and as an InFlight Team Lead, I acted as an extension of the InFlight Training Department on board all flights which I operated. Duties included ensuring FAA and company rules and regulations were followed as outlined in our Emergency Manual.
Presently, I serve as a contributor to "The Today Show," host of the weekly travel program "The Jet Set" and appear on various national programs and in the press as a Travel Expert & Analyst.
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Bobby Laurie is the only TV travel expert with actual hands-on industry experience, traffic reporter and television host based in Washington, D.C.
Currently Bobby Laurie serves as co-host of the nationally syndicated travel & lifestyle show "The Jet Set" and as a Traffic Anchor in Washington, D.C. for iHeartMedia and ABC7.
Laurie's background in the travel industry dates back to November 2005 when he was initially hired as a flight attendant.
After initially flying for six months for US Airways (now American Airlines) Laurie had started his move up the corporate ladder and held various positions within the industry before ultimately landing as an Analyst specializing InFlight Policies & Procedures. A year and a half later, Laurie left his post to return and joined Virgin America as one of the first 200 flight attendants under the brand started by Sir. Richard Branson.
In 2009 Bobby Laurie began his move into media and created a travel blog that was designed to collect and journal the experiences he encountered while working as a flight attendant. Because of the catchy name and his unbelievable, yet true stories, the blog became widely read among airline and industry enthusiasts. In 2010 a collection of his most popular articles and journals from his website were published into a book titled “Planely Speaking: Inflight Insight from Thirty Thousand Feet.”
In 2014 Laurie produced a travel series for Discovery Network's "Destination America" titled "TAKE OFF! with The Savvy Stews" which followed Laurie and another flight attendant traveling the world and experiencing local cuisine, festivals, attractions and experiences. The show now streams on Amazon. From 2013 through 2015 Laurie served as a travel correspondent on the now cancelled national morning show "The Daily Buzz" for three years and national lifestyle show "The Better Show." Until recently, he also appeared regularly on the CNN Airport Network hosting the "Frequent Traveler" segment.
Laurie is continuously tapped to lend his opinions on the ever changing travel industry.
At present, Bobby Laurie is routinely featured on The TODAY Show, CNN, HLN, MSNBC, ABC News, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal among others.