The LG Weekly News Roundup: 11.26.10

Extras, Weekly Travel News — By on November 26, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Molly Fergus
LG Deputy Editor, Travel News

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

Travel Agents Could Make a Comeback
Think travel agents are as retro as free checked bags and in-air meals? Survey says that’s not necessarily true. A study from Forrester Researchers found that in the first three months of the year, 28 percent of people who booked trips online would be interested in enlisting the help of a traditional travel agent, up from 23 percent in 2008. It seems that with so many online booking options, travelers are getting fed up with how difficult it is to both find the best deal and tailor a getaway to their personal preferences. Source: Budget Travel

London Cabbies World’s Most Liked
New York City’s bright yellow taxis might be among the most recognizable in the world, but Londontown cabbies earned top ratings among travelers for both their city savvy and chipper attitude in a Hotels.com survey. Drivers of the city’s iconic black cabs are required to pass a test memorizing the city’s old, twisty roads, which means riders can expect to take the quickest route possible. New York City and Tokyo drivers came in second and third.  Source: AOL News

TSA Breaks Urine Bag During Pat Down
Think the pat down vs. body scanning debate is invasive? Be glad you’re not Tom Sawyer (really his name), a Michigan traveler who had the contents of his urostomy bag (read: his urine) spilled all over himself during an enhanced security pat down. The special education teacher had survived bladder cancer and needed to have the bag concealed under his clothes; even though the TSA agents were asked to exercise extreme caution, they managed to break the bag before sending the passenger on to his destination. Source: Gadling

Robots Could Sub for Future Business Travelers
Will robots take the place of business travel? Thanks to new “telepresence” robots, some think it could happen in the near future. The remotely controlled robots – which Cisco and HP price at about $15,000 a pop – display LCD images of an employee, and theoretically allow busy executives to be in two meetings at once. Although an intriguing possibility, it’s hard to understand how this is significantly different from current videoconferencing options. Source: Examiner

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Travel News Bits

FlightTrack 4 App Overhauled: FlightTrack, an app for smartphones, has been beefed up with a delay forecaster, seating chart access and alternative flight search capabilities – just in time for the always hectic holiday travel season. Source: Gadling

Traverse Asia, earn $10,000: Calling all foodies, aspiring travel writers and adventurous souls: Asian restaurant Pei Wei is seeking one blogger to travel with executive chef Eric Justice to concoct the company’s newest dish. The winning writer will travel Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea for inspiration – and net a cool $10,000 for the whole shebang. Source: Pei Wei

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