The LG Weekly News Roundup: 11.5.09

Passports & Visas, Weekly Travel News — By on November 5, 2009 at 7:00 am

by Molly Fergus
LG Travel News Editor

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


Smoking Allowed SignSmokes on the Plane
We like to call this the Mad Men trend gone too far. Ryan Air, the dirt-cheap European budget airline, will start allowing smoking on its planes – as long as customers purchase the house brand. Ryan Air’s smokeless cigs will cost about $9, supposedly don’t contain any toxins, and are harmless to other passengers. This transparent money-making scheme might seem surprising if it weren’t for the company’s other absurd fees, like a mandatory online check-in charge and a potential pay-to-pee policy.

Round-the-world wellness
One more reason to visit the doc before hitting the road: a new study by the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network says that long-term travelers are at risk for different maladies than vacationers. Nomads who set out for at least six months are more likely to pick up parasites – including the buggers that cause diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome. They’re also more prone to chronic fatigue. Sounds like we already knew this, so pack some Cipro and bring a pillow!
Source: Reuters

Glimpse your next byline
Want to write for National Geographic? The Glimpse Program, managed by the legendary travel publication, is now accepting applications from 18-34 year olds who are living abroad for at least 10 weeks. Winning correspondents will write and take photos of their experiences abroad, take home a $600 stipend and land a chance to be featured in an issue of the magazine. Send off two references and a writing sample by Nov. 8 to score the gig.Passport
Source: Gadling

That’s not your name
It might be time to schedule a DMV visit. A new federal policy called Secure Flight requires that names on plane tickets and identification match exactly. That means, if “Jane H. Brown” booked a flight to Buenos Aires but her passport lists her as “Jane Brown,” she can say adios to that Malbec and parillada dinner. Just try to avoid any Kayak typos.
Source: New York Times

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