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Boeing: From Driverless Cars To Pilotless Airliners


According to Reuters, futurists at the aircraft manufacturing HQ are looking to the future of air transportation. They claim they may soon be putting passenger planes into the sky without human pilots.

With small, controlled drones becoming common in the air, it’s only a matter of time before the drones grow in size until they can carry passengers. So, what could possibly go wrong? Maybe a couple of decades from now, when your flight is preparing to land, the cheerful automatic pilot will inform passengers:

Fasten your seatbelts as we touch down in ... beep .. click ... Atlanta ...  awk ... Albany ... erk ... zap ... Afghanistan ... urg .... Amsterdam ... umph ... Argentina ... theeek ... Antarctica...smoooosh!

Angry Cruisers Want Their Money Back For No Ports PDF Print E-mail


Sailing from Southampton, England, the Norwegian Spirit had advertised a number of attractive port visits. However, along the recent sailing the ship ran into bad weather and canceled some of the stops.

At the voyage end, passengers were furiously running around the deck yelling, ”Refund! Refund! Refund!" The cruise company has since offered various deals, including refunds, free cruises and other positive ways to satisfy the angry passengers. If you have a similar problem, report it directly and promptly to the cruise line and/or your travel agent. Then consider offers and negotiate.

 
New York NY: Empire State Building Offers New Attractions PDF Print E-mail


Way, way up on the 102nd floor Observatory, visitors now have more spectacular views of the city, rivers and surrounding landscape from the height of 1,250 feet.

The small windows and walls have been replaced by windows with tall  floor-to-ceiling glass panes for wide, unobstructed viewing. www.cnn.com/travel/article/empire-state-building-observatory-new-york

 
Hollywood CA: Visit The Spooky Museum Of Death PDF Print E-mail


If your travels take you to the Famed Hollywood Walk of Fame this month, be sure to spend some time in this frightful location. Inside is the world’s largest collection of serial killer artwork. Also antique funeral gear, mortician and coroner instruments, Manson Family memorabilia, pet death taxidermy, crime scene photos and more!

There’s also a branch of the Museum of Death in New Orleans LA. For locations, hours and ticket costs, go to www.museumofdeath.net

 
Q: Why Do My Feet Always Swell Up & Hurt When I Fly? PDF Print E-mail


I know I’m not the athlete I once was, but flying is getting more painful. How can I prevent it? PJL, Evanston IL

A: Leg, ankle and foot swelling happens to many passengers during long flights. When sitting in the same position for hours, blood flow slows down and blood pools in leg veins. The continued pressure leads to pain and swelling. Get up at least once an hour and walk around the aisle. Also, on long flights dress in loose clothing and footwear.

 
Scratch, Scratch? Are Your Hotel Bedsheets Fresh? PDF Print E-mail


Recently your travel4senirs.com editor spent an unhappy night in a Las Vegas hote. In the morning I felt itching on my feet and legs. When I turned back the covers, I saw little live black specks. I quickly checked out.

A Chinese hotel may help the industry avoid such problems by using a high-tech system that reveals when bed linen was last washed. The Wuhan will implant microchips into bed sheets, towels and quilts. Incoming guests’ cell phones will reveal the date of last washing. When that happens in the US and other world vacation area, maybe there will be less scratching.

 
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