Turkish Air: No More Red Lips, Nails On Crew

Officials of Turkish Airlines now forbid bright red lipstick and fingernails on flight attendants. The order states their appearance must be "artless and well-groomed with makeup in pastel tones."

According to Reuters, airline spokesmen insist the less flashy appearance will enhance communications between flight crews and passengers, because bright red “impairs visual integrity”. As expected, there have been angry rumblings among airline employees who say they feel the restrictions are arbitrary and outdated.

USA Today: Five Worst U.S. Cities For Pedestrian Fatalities PDF Print E-mail

They’re listed as Detroit, Newark, St. Louis, Baton Rouge, and Miami. Maybe others should be listed instead. How about Philly, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago? And of course, New York City.

In 1931, Winston Churchill was in Manhattan on a lecture tour. Crossing the street he looked the wrong (British) way and was hit by a taxi on Fifth Avenue. He survived to become one of Britain’s most famous statesmen.  There have been thousands of similar accidents on the streets in America’s busiest city since, and they continue to happen daily.

City traffic can be most dangerous for seniors, especially those wandering as tourists. With endless distractions, including cell phones, cameras and rubber-necking the tall buildings, we’re most prone to accidents than other pedestrians. If your plans during this busy holiday season or at any other time include walking city streets, be extra careful for taxi cabs, cars, trucks and mindless smartphone walkers.

Ryan Air Plane "Sheriffed" For Not Paying Back Loan PDF Print E-mail

Years ago in Great Depression days, the widowed mom of your travel4seniors.com editor had the family furniture repossessed for failing to pay a bank loan. Because city sheriffs served the notice, she called it being sheriffed.

A similar fate happened to a recent Ryan Air flight scheduled to depart from Bordeaux, France, to London UK. There were 149 passengers aboard who were unceremoniously kicked off the flight, and had to return to the airport and make other plans. There is no information about whether the loan company repossessed all the aircraft seats out of the sheriffed Ryan plane.

Cruises And Hotel Bookings: Always Ask For A Free Upgrade PDF Print E-mail

Senior wanderers who speak up while checking in may save some money. If you’re a bit devious, casually mention that you or your companion is marking a 65th or other significant birthday. Your plea could also be that you’re celebrating your 40th wedding anniversary. You can also try the newlywed routine, but if you show wrinkles and grey hair, that ploy may not work.

If the cruise ship or hotel isn’t fully booked, the check-in clerk can usually opt to give you a free upgrade to a larger cabin or suite. It may also get you complimentary champagne or chocolates on your pillow on the first night. And just maybe a free buffet for two at the dining room. Your ploy may not work, but it’s always worth the attempt.

Opinion: Enjoyable Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor recently spent some time in one of the most enjoyable airports in the world. For savvy senior wanderers, the words enjoyable and airport rarely go together.

Most terminal experiences are filled with frustration, delays, incompetence, bad food, scowling security, unruly mobs, dirty waiting areas and other annoyances. Happily, I found Hong Kong to be totally different. My fave European airport is Amsterdam’s Schipol, but as good as it is compared to US terminals, Hong Kong is one step closer to perfect.

Wandering among  the upscale shops, bright outdoor plazas, welcoming eateries and comfortable resting areas is pleasant. Security check-in is efficiently quick, as well as picking up bags after flights. Management brains at US airports should take some lessons from HKG.

California Dreaming Now Smoky Wildfire Nightmares PDF Print E-mail

If your travels include some smoke and fire affected areas of the state for at least the next week, be aware of restrictions and dangers in place or possibly evolving. Although the record-breaking fires are not directly in the most heavily-populated cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, you may encounter breathing problems there from increasing smoke-filled air.

If you don’t cancel your visit, try to avoid the heavy air pollution by staying indoors as much as possible. If you need to be outside for more than a few minutes, wear a medical face mask.


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