The LG Travel News Roundup: How Far Would You Fly for a Sandwich?

Weekly Travel News — By on July 1, 2011 at 6:00 am

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

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

Boeing New Plane 747-8Boeing Crew Fly 2,500 Miles for a Sandwich

A flight crew testing out a Boeing 747-8 navigated the plane from Seattle to Pittsburgh in an 8 hour and 2,500 mile journey…all to get sandwiches in Pittsburgh from the Primanti Brothers. The staffers picked up the sandwiches and the crew was back in the air an hour later. Flight test director Paul Shank revealed that he and his crew will be testing out pasties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and lobster rolls in Maine in the future. Source: AOL Travel

Mexican Town Hopes Tequila Will Bring Tourists

The city of Nogales, Mexico is sponsoring a three-day tequila festival in order to promote tourism, after it has been on the decline due to drug-related violence. The festival will showcase tequila, mariachis, dance performances and a classic car show. Late last year, the city tried to revamp its image by improving streets, installing security cameras, increasing police patrol and opening a visitors center. Source: MSNBC

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s NerdBird Plane?

Virgin Atlantic has named its new plane, #nerdbird, complete with the rules of Twitter lingo. The use of the hashtag makes it the first plane to be named in such a way. Accordingly, the company introduced its new plane via Facebook and a tweet. The name is also in honor of the “techies,” or nerds, who use the San Francisco to Boston route, or, as a company representative told Mashable: “It’s what our guests and crew call the SFO-BOS flights.” Source: Mashable

Zombie Alert: Kentucky Drivers Get an Unlikely Roadside Message

Pranksters changed the message on an electronic road sign and warned motorists in Kentucky for zombies along the Interstate 71-75 corridor. Kentucky officials are reportedly not amused by the prank. A similar zombie warning was posted on a highway sign in South Carolina last March. Source: AOL Weird News

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Travel News Bits

Forget Night at the Museum…how about a month?

If you’ve always hated having to leave a museum at closing time, a new contest being run by Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry could be just for you. Month at the Museum is looking for one person to be its second annual writer-in-residence, blogging, tweeting, and videocasting their experience for the outside world. Source: Gadling

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