Travel News: July 5, 2018

Washington DC

Liberty Island Evacuated After Someone Tries to Climb Statue of Liberty
Travel Pulse

Liberty Island has been evacuated after two separate incidences occurred at the iconic Statue of Liberty in New York City on Independence Day.

The evacuation occurred after a woman was spotted trying to climb the Statue of Liberty around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The woman climbed as high as the statue’s mid-section, according to US Park Police public information officer Sgt. Dave Somm, in speaking with NBC 4 News.


W Washington DC getting a makeover
Travel Weekly

The W Washington DC is embarking on a $50 million top-to-bottom renovation.

The hotel says the project is the first full overhaul of the hotel since W took over the property in 2009. The W is in a 1917 Beaux Arts building across from the White House.

Renovations to the 317 guestrooms as well as the hotel’s rooftop bar will mix modern design with the brand’s playful elements that will pay homage to D.C. past and present, the hotel said.


Airlines Dodge Minimum Seat Size as FAA Sees No Safety Issue

Hopes for more legroom in increasingly cramped airplane cabins were dashed when U.S. regulators, responding to a court order, said they found no need to impose new standards on airlines.

The Federal Aviation Administration, in a letter dated Monday, said the agency “has no evidence that there is an immediate safety issue necessitating rule-making at this time.”


Houston company plans to build first luxury hotel in space
KSAT San Antonio

Until now, you had to fly with a government space agency or stay on an orbiting, government-owned space station.

But Orion Span, a local company, said that could change. The space technology startup said it has the ticket that will make extraterrestrial stays possible, with the help of Houstonians.

“We’ll be actually building it on the ground right there in Houston in the Clear Lake area, so it is (going to) be a Houston-based project,” said Frank Bunger, the founder and CEO of Orion Span. “They’re going to be basically experiencing what it’s like to be an astronaut and spend their day-to-day doing those types of activities.”

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