The LG Weekly News Roundup: 8.20.10

Weekly Travel News — By on August 20, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Natalie Buster
LG Intern, Travel News

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

Venice to License First Female Gondolier
Upon Venice’s canals, it has been a man’s world for years.  But all that will soon change when Giorgia Boscolo becomes the first female gondolier after she applies for her license this week.  Boscolo is following in the watery footsteps of her father, who is also a gondolier.  Even though she can only take over for a male colleague if he decides to take the day off, she still gets to wear the iconic blue and white striped shirt as part of her role.  Source: Huffington Post

More Women Than Men Hit the Road Alone
It seems as if Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert may be on to something.  More women than ever are taking off on their own to explore the globe, far outnumbering their male counterparts.  Many of the women who set off on their own travel because they are single, newly divorced or widowed, but a large number of married women do so just to experience an adventure on their own.  But what about those uncomfortable dinners when you are eating alone?  Intrepid travelers suggest bringing a good book along, and be open to meeting new people.  Source: CNN.com

Kissing and Flying Costs $658, 100 Hours of Community Service
What’s the price of love?  Haisong Jiang, the doctoral student from China who breached Newark Airport security in order to plant a kiss on to his beloved’s lips will soon find out. Jiang will pay an undisclosed civil penalty fee as well as $658 in local fines and 100 hours of community service for his romantic outburst which caused Newark Airport to shut down one of its terminals for six hours. We say next time, just skip the kiss and use the money to buy a ring, instead.  Source: AOL Travel

JetBlue Customer Meltdown Forces Emergency Landing
There’s something wrong in the recycled air at JetBlue.  Less than a week after the now infamous JetBlue flight attendant meltdown, a passenger on a JetBlue plane en route from Boston to the Dominican Republic required the plane to have an emergency landing in Washington DC after her anxiety attack got out of hand.  If she’s hoping to gain the notoriety of flight attendant Steven Slater, she better up her game.  His recent antics, which included swearing at passengers, grabbing a beer, and sliding down an emergency chute may have landed him a new job…as a host on a reality TV show.
Source: The Week

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Travel News Bits

First Family Flies to Florida: To help improve the Gulf Coast tourist industry, President Obama took his family on vacation in the Florida panhandle this week.  Source: Yahoo

U.S. Implements Tourist Tax: Foreign tourists coming to America will be charged a $10 travel promotion fee starting September 8.  Source: Gadling

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