Travel news roundup.
ON THE GROUND: Come see the human cage and the electric chair
No one under 18 will be allowed into an upcoming display at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus unless accompanied by an adult. Display items include a 150-year-old sheepskin condom, Ohio's old electric chair, a 1920s Ku Klux Klan robe and hood, an aluminum mitt designed to stop infant thumb-sucking and a wooden cage once used on mental patients. The exhibit runs from April 1 to Nov. 20.
ON THE RAILS: Snake on a train
Passengers on a Polish intercity train pulled the emergency brake and climbed onto their seats last week. The cause of their panic: a 3.5-metre-long bright-yellow snake that had escaped from a delivery carton. The train made an emergency stop at Ilawskie station, where passengers fled and police and firemen came on board. It took them an hour to catch the snake. Then a second, smaller snake was discovered in a second package. The reptiles were confiscated.
IN THE AIR: Overcautious attendants
Fear of terrorism has some U.S. airlines overreacting. Southwest Airlines ordered a Muslim woman off a flight before takeoff from San Diego. Her crime: She was wearing a head scarf and a flight attendant thought she said, "It's a go" while on her cellphone. In fact, the woman said, "I've got to go," as she ended her conversation. The airline apologized. Days earlier, Alaska Airlines summoned police to Los Angeles airport after three male Jewish passengers laid tefillin, a prayer ritual involving leather straps.
Sources: Reuters, Orange News, States News Service, Canadian Press
Special to The Globe and Mail