The LG Travel News Roundup: 100 Year Old Marathoner Breaks Record

Weekly Travel News — By on October 21, 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…

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100-Year-Old Fauja Singh Completes Toronto Marathon

100-year-old Fauja Singh earned a spot in the Guinness World Records for completing a full-distance marathon taking place in Toronto, Canada. Singh, who has taken part in several marathons around the world, hopes to be a member in the in the torch relay for the 2012 London Games. Source: Huffington Post

Free Cookie Kiosk At Airport
Indiana’s Fort Wayne International Airport has been passing out complimentary sugar cookies made at the Ellison Bakery across the street, costing the airport $16,000 a year. The cookies were traditionally passed out by volunteers, but the airport received complaints by travelers arriving or departing after 8:30 PM who couldn’t receive a cookie. The airport’s solution was implementing a self-service cookie kiosk! Source: MSNBC
AirTran’s Fat Flyer Policy
Starting March 1, Air Tran will be charging overweight customers, who the company refers to as “customers of size,” for a second seat. The airline, owned by Southwest Airlines, has 18 inch seats in economy class and 22 inch seats in business class. What is the criterion to qualify as a “customer of size?” According to the airlines, it is a customer who “encroaches upon any part of the neighboring seats.” Source: AJC

Statue of Liberty Tourists Armed
In the first nine months of 2011, an airport-style screening center in Battery Park City found that the tourists visiting the Statue of Liberty are very well armed. According to the screening center, officers found over 28 illegal weapons, seized 5,300 knifes, 7,000 cans of pepper spray and more than 5,000 other weapons such as screwdrivers. Many violators were tourists used to being able to carry weapons in their home states. Source: NY Daily News

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