At the National Zoo, take a bow, Bao Bao
The National Zoo’s giant panda cub Bao Bao will make her public debut Jan. 18 after her fans have watched her grow for months on the popular panda cams online (tinyurl.com/mexswa6). Bao Bao and her mother, Mei Xiang, will determine how much time they spend on public view. They will have access to the den where Bao Bao has spent most of the past few months and may choose to spend time there instead of in public viewing areas. The zoo says they will spend more time on exhibit as Bao Bao grows older.
A little serenity now available at O’Hare
Find your Zen, air travelers: Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport now has a yoga room. The Chicago Department of Aviation announced this month that the airport yoga room is open on the mezzanine level of the Terminal 3 rotunda at O’Hare. The department also plans to open a yoga room at the city’s Midway International Airport in the near future. The 15- by 16-foot room has sustainable bamboo wood flooring, a wall of floor-to-ceiling mirrors and exercise mats. One side of the room has frosted windows to let in natural light. There is a video monitor to play yoga techniques or nature images and audio plays soothing sounds. The room is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Unaccompanied minors limited to nonstops
United Airlines says it’s no longer allowing children ages 5 to 11 to fly without an adult on flights that include connections. It also says its optional service for unaccompanied minors ages 12-17 will only be offered on nonstop flights. United charges $150 extra, each way, for children flying alone. United’s new policy for young children is similar to policies at US Airways and Southwest. Delta Air Lines and American will still help young children who are flying alone get to connecting flights.