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Friday Travel Ticker: TSA accused of $5,000 theft

February 03, 2012|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  • Super Bowl logo at Monument Circle, the downtown hub of Indianapolis.
Super Bowl logo at Monument Circle, the downtown hub of Indianapolis. (Super Bowl Host Committee )

A TSA screener stole $5,000 in cash from a passenger's jacket as he was going through security at John F. Kennedy International Airport, authorities said Thursday. They say a surveillance video showed the agent taking the money from a jacket pocket, wrapping the cash in a plastic glove and taking it to a bathroom . . . . The average admission price into Sunday’s Super Bowl was holding steady at $3,395 as of late Thursday afternoon, the Indianapolis Star reports . . . .  To fight the winter blues, New York City has installed a pop-up indoor park, with birds, grass and blossoming bushes. “It's our rebellion against winter,” says Jonathan Daou, founder and CEO of Openhouse Gallery, the company that holds the lease on the space where the park was installed . . . .  Carnival won't say exactly how much bookings have dropped since the Costa Concordia, which it owns, ran aground on Jan. 13. But it disclosed this week that in the 12 days following the Concordia capsizing there was a percent decline “in the mid-teens compared to the prior year” . . . . Amtrak has restored full passenger service between Detroit and Chicago, one day after one of its trains slammed into a truck 45 miles south of Lansing. Authorities say 10 people were injured . . . . U.S. travel  to overseas markets was up 3% in the fourth quarter over the same period a year earlier, the Office of Travel & Tourism Industries reported Wednesday . . . . The inaugural Big Bear Lake Polar Plunge takes place March 10, a fund-raiser for the Special Olympics. To register, visit www.sosc.org/bigbearplunge or call (951) 672-7707 . . . .  The Ojai Valley Tennis Club, sponsor of one of the largest amateur tennis tournaments in the United States, will present the 112th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament April 24-29, on some 100 courts at 30 venues. For information, click here  . . . . The Goo Goo Dolls (March 3) and Sugar Ray (March 17) will perform at Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras celebration . . . . Travel quote of the day: “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” (Anais Nin)

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