The LG Weekly News Roundup: 3.4

Air, Weekly Travel News — By on March 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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 roundup right here….

Travel News Exit RowCharging by the inch
Well, it took them long enough. Continental finally noticed that exit row seats are roomier than the rest of coach, and now the airline is charging more for the cushy spots. Starting March 17, anyone flying on Continental may purchase an unreserved exit row seat up to 24 hours before take-off. The price is still TBD. (We’re guessing that’s code for “kind of expensive.”)
Source: Consumerist

Something for the ladies
It just got a bit trickier to join the Mile High Club: Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways debuts ladies-only bathrooms this month. We’re glad that the airline flipped its “please pee, now” plea,  (http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/none/pee-boarding-japanese-airline-asks-911433) but will perpetually down toilet seats really lure more passengers?
Source: Window Seat Blog

The friendly, underage skies
It’s hard to say if this is cute or terrifying. At JFK on Feb. 17, an air traffic controller’s kid cleared a few pilots for take-off. The FAA is investigating the situation, but it all seems somewhat harmless. The child sounds giddy in the recording, sort of like a nine-year-old answering a parent’s phone on “Take Your Child to Work Day.” And anyway, if the father was ready to take over the mic, is this really a security issue?
Source: Budget Travel

Tip, tax and health
The travel industry’s a la carte fee frenzy is still going strong. Now, even restaurants are getting in on the action. In San Francisco, a few eateries have started charging unsuspecting diners a “health fee” to cover the city’s mandatory healthcare charge – on top of tax and tip, of course. What’s next? An add-on for the chef?
Source: Chicago Tribune

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