The LG Weekly News Roundup: 11.12.10

Weekly Travel News — By on November 12, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Molly Fergus
Deputy Editor, Travel News

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

Raw Sewage Destroys More than 200 Bags at Heathrow
Damaging, misplacing, and outright losing luggage is standard practice for airlines these days, but Heathrow airport’s recent incident is unprecedented: 240 bags were drenched in raw sewage when a pipe burst near the luggage storage area. A cleaning crew came to clean each of the suitcases, but the items were irreparable. The airport operators will pay $1,600 per bag, totaling a nearly $400,000 loss. Source: Gadling

Big Ben Off-Limits for Foreign Tourists
If a tour of Big Ben has been on your bucket list, you’ll have to do some editing — unless you’re a Brit. From now on, the country has banned overseas visitors from exploring the icon’s gears and cranks due to security concerns. British citizens can still access the clock, but they’ll have to apply with their local Member of Parliament and endure strict security screenings. Source: AOL

Expansive Himalayan Trek to Open this Winter
The Great Himalayan Trail, which will wind 2,800 miles through the craggy mountains of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan, is set to open this January or February. Intrepid travelers will need to dedicate at least 150 days to traverse the entire trek, which passes through villages from east to west. Source: Gadling

Taiwanese Woman Marries Herself in Protest
One 30-year-old Taiwanese woman bucked tradition and married herself last week as a move to prove to protest a government promotion to encourage earlier marriage and higher birthrates. About 30 people attended the ceremony and banquet  — complete with flowers, a ring, and a fluffy white dress – that she held in a Taipei hotel on Saturday. Source: AFP

Travel News Bits

Fly Fast: Global Entry lets low-risk travelers breeze through security. Source: Global Entry

Take a Stand: Allied Pilots Association president speaks out against embarrassing, public pat-downs for pilots. Source: The Atlantic


  • Red Nomad OZ says:

    Wow! The Heathrow drama is my personal favourite of this collection of travel eclectica! Look forward to reading more!!

    Happy travels!!

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