London UK: Heathrow (LHR) Airport Makes Scents

The Daily Mail reports that one of the world’s busiest international airports is filling the air of its newly-renovated terminal with scented air samples from around the world. The Scent Globe permits visitors to sniff pleasant odors as they board and return from flights.

So far, the samples are familiar floral and spice smells of Brazil, China, Japan, South Africa and Thailand. Beyond Heathrow, there are many other familiar odors beyond the air of LHR. How about these not quite so sweet-smelling destinations:

Los Angeles CA: Delta Cameras Now Scan Flyer Faces PDF Print E-mail

Soon to spread to other airports, the airline now uses electronic recognition tech at Los Angeles International. Cameras help in ID procedures on passengers, so far, at one boarding gate.

The sneaky system by Delta has been criticized by Greenpeace, MoveOn and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. There's talk of seeking a federal ban of the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies. They insist the faces recorded by the cameras can be stored and used to violate privacy. So, next time you board at LAX, offer a sunny smile or petty pout.

Smithsonian Sponsors Free Passes For National Museum Day PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor is a proud grad of the Philadelphia Museum College Of Art (BFA ’51), now University Of The Arts. This year’s celebration on Saturday, September 21, can be a bargain for museum visitors at many U.S. locations.

When you go with a companion, the savings can add up significantly. To qualify for two free tickets on that day at your city’s museum of choice, register online at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019

Sparkling Sundown Over Beautiful San Francisco PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor caught this fantastic scene shot from an upper floor balcony of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel. It brought back long-ago memories of the Top Of The Mark. In war years of the 1940s and 1950s, Navy crews had a last visit and drink at the rooftop bar before shipping out to combat in the Pacific.

Then, after coming back to San Francisco from wartime sea duty, they’d gather again at The Top Of The Mark to celebrate their good fortune. Then with nostalgic toasts, remember those shipmates who would never return.

New York NY: Beware Costumed Creeps On Times Square PDF Print E-mail

They may look cute and cuddly in their unauthorized dress-ups as Minny Mouse, Superman or other famous icons. When you encounter them, understand that they’re hanging out at the popular tourist spot for one reason: to get as much cash as possible from clueless tourists.

You pause to take a photo or just look at them, and they’ll expect money. Often, angrily demand it. Worse, recent city police arrests involve some of the characters that verbally and physically molest female and child tourists. If your group or family visits Times Square, especially if it includes teen or younger girls, be especially aware of unwelcome contact with the costumed predators.

Pigeon Forge, TN: Do The Dollywood Harvest Festival PDF Print E-mail

The theme park founded by Dolly Parton is in the Knoxville-Smoky Mountains metroplex of Pigeon Forge. This season it’s hosting a looooong Halloween and annual autumn event. Dates are from Friday, September 27 thru Wednesday, November 2.

Popular features include Great Pumpkin LumiNights, On display are thousands of carved jack o’lanterns that light up the festive skies. There are many family friendly activities including giant sculptures, pumpkin-themed food, Dollywood Express steam train and live entertainment. For details and prices, go to www.pigeonforgechamber.com/event/dollywoods-harvest-festival-2019


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