Southwest Air Tightens Rules On Flying Support Animals

Senior travelers are familiar with the cheaters. Passengers who get fake IDs for Fido board first and grab the best seats. It happens on other airlines, as well as some cruise lines. Southwest has taken steps to make sure the helper animals are legitimate and not a bother to other passengers and crew. Now each must be on a leash throughout the flight and obey the rules.

Southwest's new policy, as of mid-September, requires travelers’ emotional support animal to wear a visible tag, and the owner must show a letter from an MD or licensed mental health pro. The only acceptable companions on SW flights are qualified dogs and cats.

Hong Kong Protests And Police Actions Get More Violent PDF Print E-mail

If your travel plans include a visit to the exciting Asian destination, before you make reservations, keep up with the latest daily news. The formerly independent city, now controlled by the Chinese government, is having troubles. Riots on the streets, police confrontations, tear gas and other violence grow day by day. It could get far worse, so beware, senior wanderers.

Alert! Woodstock 50 May Never Happen PDF Print E-mail

Watkins Glen International, owners of the planned midsummer site in upstate New York for the 50th anniversary festival have withdrawn their support. Scheduled for Aug. 16-19 at the Watkins Glen motor racing track, there are continuing reports about possible total cancellation of the event. If you have plans to attend, keep in daily touch with online info concerning Woodstock 50.

Q: How To Report Wheelchair Damaged During Flight PDF Print E-mail

I travel with cane and wheelchair. After a recent trip, the wheelchair came out of the baggage chute with broken wheels. I got in line to complain at the airline desk, but it was so busy I gave up and left the airport. What do I do now? MLM, Denver CO

A: Notify the airline with all the facts as soon as possible by email and/or phone. Further, register your complaint with the Department of Transportation online or written mail. The agency requires a written response by the airline to you and DOT.

Dominican Republic: Mysterious American Tourist Deaths PDF Print E-mail

If your future travel plans include this Caribbean island nation, you may be concerned about news of at least six recent visitor deaths in their hotels. One reported theory about the reason strikes a familiar memory in your travel4seniors.com editor.

Some medical experts call the fatalities accidental due to unintentional poisoning by hotel and restaurant staffs. When empty whiskey bottles are recovered from rooms and mini-bars, they’re illegally refilled with cheap mixtures including deadly ethyl alcohol instead of the original grain alcohol.

Near the end of WW2, I was with a Navy unit in Manila, The Philippines, after the capital was recaptured from the Japanese. Within a few weeks, the city was back in business, especially the bars that catered to American servicemen.

Suddenly, there were reports of violent illnesses and some deaths in Manila bars. As may have happened recently in the Dominican Republic, empty liquor bottles had been filled with the deadly ethyl alcohol. So, savvy seniors, if and when you go to that island, be extra careful when boozing!

JetBlue Offers Bargains For Senior Autumn Flyers PDF Print E-mail

Summer season travel features commercial aircraft stuffed full with summer passengers, but then numbers drop sharply after Labor Day. To attract retirees and others who aren’t required to be back in school or jobs, JetBlue and other airlines try to fill money-losing empty seats with ticket price bargains. If you’re starting to plan autumn flights, check with: www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/jetblue-type-a-fall-sale


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