The LG Travel News Roundup: The Hot Air Balloon Work Out

Weekly Travel News — By on May 25, 2012 at 10:25 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…

Running Hot Air Balloon Ride13 Miles at 3,000 Feet
Australian Rob Ginnivan ran 13 miles on his treadmill… while his treadmill was on a hot air balloon. The treadmill, whichran on a generator, only allowed Ginnivan to take small steps, so finishing 13 miles took double the time. This effort was an attempt by Ginnivan to raise $95,000 for the Heart Foundation. Source: 9 News

Virgin Atlantic Cell Calls
Virgin Atlantic is slated to allow travelers to make cell phone calls in flight as of the end of 2012. But before you get excited, the calls can only be made on flights between New York City and London and will cost passengers £1 (around $1.60) per minute. Passengers would also need an O2- or Vodafone-compatible handset. Source: Time

Tiger Petting Controversy
The G.W. Exotic Animal Park is facing accusations by The Humane Society of the United States for allowing children to pet and pose with infant tigers. The Humane Society, which sent an undercover operative to the park, alleges they have video of children being in contact with tigers and that the operative witnessed six accounts of such activity. Source: Huffington Post

Times Square Spy Exhibit
Times Square in New York City has a new exhibit dedicated to spies and their tools. The items have been collected from the CIA, FBI, spy agencies and 10,000-plus items from the personal collection of spy author H. Keith Melton. Perhaps the most interesting item is the $2,300 Chanel handbag with built-in Wi-Fi used by Russian spy Anna Chapman before her arrest. Source: USA Today

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