The LG Weekly News Roundup: 1.28.10

Air, Weekly Travel News — By on January 28, 2010 at 6:00 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….

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Airline BathroomWheels up for Ryan Air pee fee
It’s official! Ryan Air will charge you to pee. For those unfamiliar, the famously low-budget Dublin-based airline already lures its customers in with stupid-low airfare (say, one-Euro continental flights) before smacking ill prepared travelers with countless fees and long bus rides. Now, they’re going to install coin-operated toilets on select flights. Maybe they’ll start selling adult diapers on board!
Source: Jaunted

Quiet time with Michelangelo
Wrestle with this hypothetical for a while: Would you pay $400 to see the Sistine Chapel (practically) alone on a night tour of the Vatican? A few small tour groups offer these visits – which cap out at 15 people plus a guide – to haggard tourists who want to skip the frenetic daytime Vatican scene. At the price of an east coast ticket to Rome, this would be a giant splurge for almost anyone, but it could be worth it. The Sistine Chapel is stunning, but it loses some impact if you’re too busy pushing other gawkers out of the way.
Source: The New York Times

201 years later, another Edgar Allen Poe mystery
For the first time in more than 60 years, the mysterious visitor who placed three roses and a half bottle of cognac on Edgar Allen Poe’s Baltimore grave missed the author’s birthday. The tradition began in 1949 and continued until this year, which would mark the 201st anniversary of the poet’s death. No one knows why the grave was skipped, but some visitors plan to keep watch for the next few years.
Source: USAToday

Double-book, or skip your trip
Is this fair? A new Air France regulation requires obese passengers who can’t fit into one airline seat to pay for two tickets; if the flight is undersold, Air France will refund the second seat. Typically, the airline has offered passengers the option to double book at a reduced price. The refund offer comes three years after Air France lost a suit against a 353-pound passenger who was forced to buy an extra plane ticket to New Dehli. Still, couple this with insane luggage fees, and we should all be glad that they’re not pricing tickets based on BMIs (yet).

Source: The Chicago Tribune

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Travel bits
Another one bites the dust
American Airlines pushes its luggage fee to $25, to match United, Delta, Continental and US Airways.
Source: Budget Travel
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