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Theme parks

‘Tonight Show’ coming to Orlando

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon is taking the Tonight Show on a road trip to Florida, Fallon’s first road trip since taking over from Jay Leno. The shows will be taped June 16-19 at the Universal Orlando Resort. Scheduled guests include Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Tracy Morgan.

There will also be a first look at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios theme park ride, Escape from Gringotts.


Jay Z opens

40/40 Club at ATL

Jay Z has brought his 40/40 Club to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with the opening of the swanky bar’s third location. The sports bar is open to ticketed passengers in the airport’s Concourse D concessions area.

Airport concessions director Paul Brown said there are plans to create a VIP lounge area of the club, separate from the sports bar, expected to open in the late fall.

Brown called the lounge a “scaled down” replica of the original club in Manhattan. 40/40 was named after the rare feat among ballplayers of hitting 40 homers and stealing 40 bases in one season.



Old body scanners

Responding to privacy concerns raised by travelers and civil rights groups, the Transportation Security Administration pulled 171 full-body scanners from airports last year.

But the scanners, which cost between $130,000 and $170,000 each, have not gone to waste.

Most have been shipped to jails, prisons and state and local government agencies.

The TSA reported that 154 of the scanners were recently transferred to law enforcement agencies in Arkansas, New York, Michigan and other places, with 96 others remaining at the manufacturer’s warehouse.

Several law enforcement agencies paid only a fraction of the original cost under a federal surplus program.

The TSA stopped using the scanners in 2013 because the manufacturer failed to add software to protect the privacy of passengers. The scanners created what resembled a nude image to detect hidden objects under passengers’ clothes.

The TSA now uses a different type of full-body scanner that alerts screeners about possible hidden weapons by showing yellow boxes on a picture of a generic, cartoon-like image.


New service

JetBlue Airways is adding new once-daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to Las Vegas and Cartagena, Colombia, on Oct. 29. Its new nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Pittsburgh also begins that day.


Eisenhower center to mark D-Day’s

70th anniversary

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene is gearing up for two days of activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing in France.

The events June 6-7 are an extension of a three-year exhibit at the complex to tell the story of World War II.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the supreme Allied commander of Europe in World War II.

Events to mark D-Day include a panel discussion, a symphony concert, military re-enactors, static vehicle displays and a flyover by six C-47 transport planes similar to those used during the invasion to drop paratroopers over the French coast.

Air travel

Breathe easy, but wash your hands

Government studies have debunked the long-held myth that air circulated in commercial planes is jampacked with disease-causing germs.

Now comes a study that raises fears about germs on cabin surfaces.

Microbiologists and engineers at Auburn University found that disease-causing bacteria can live several days on armrests, tray tables, toilet buttons, window shades, seat pockets and seat leather.

The bacteria tested in the study include a type of E. coli that can cause diarrhea in adults and a drug-resistant Staphylococcus that can lead to infections, skin disease, pneumonia and sepsis.

Bacteria in saliva that researchers placed on seat pockets lived the longest — eight days, according to the study, which was sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The airline industry points out that their cabins are routinely cleaned.

You can at least breathe easier that The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the air-filtering system on newer planes makes it difficult for most infectious disease to spread by air.

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