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TSA: No More Must Flyers Bear Being Bare


Shy people going through airport screening can now breathe a collective sigh of relief. The Transportation Security Administration is giving up on the airport body scanners that expose virtually naked images.

TSA currently uses two types of airport scanners. The ones that show shadow images will continue to be in place, but the more intrusive x-ray versions are being phased out over the next several months.

Hopefully, it all means that travelers can maintain at least some remnants of modesty while being groped, prodded  and screened on the way to their flights.

Severe Penalties Or Worse For Tourist Selfies At The Airport PDF Print E-mail


Tourist selfie camera accidents keep rising, including several recent deaths at the Grand Canyon. In efforts to stop the deadly trend, there are laws established in some parts of the world to ban selfies in tourist areas. For example, you can get arrested and jailed in Bangkok, Thailand, for trespassing on airport runways while doing dangerous selfie attempts.

Of course, the best way to avoid selfie accidents and arrests is to make sure you and everything around you is totally safe and permitted when you point your lens. Some creative senior photographers go ape at runway flight lines, canyon edges, tall rooftops, fast traffic and other danger sites. It’s best to do your selfies under intelligent self control and leave the dangerous stunts to flying trapeze acrobats.

 
Hollywood CA: Homelessness Continues To Grow PDF Print E-mail


Advice to senior travelers. In daily outings, your travel4seniors.com editor encounters more and more hopeless wanderers. The walks are along Hollywood’s busy Santa Monica Boulevard, the final miles of Route 66 before it ends at the beaches. Many tourists use the same streets, including the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see similar sad sights.

Most street people have drinking, drug and/or mental problems. The inclination of many kind-hearted senior tourists is to give them money. Actually, you’d be doing them much more good to contribute those dollars instead to agencies established to help the unfortunates. Consider the Red Cross, Salvation Army, PATH and other effective organizations.

 
Q: Why Did Flight Attendants Stop Stowing Our Bags? PDF Print E-mail


I’m a 73-year-old passenger, and have trouble lifting my bag into the overhead. Years ago, the stewardesses always were willing to help. But on recent flights, they refused. What’s the official policy? BBL, St. Louis MO

A: Because of flight attendant union actions several years ago, they’re no longer required to do the heavy lifting. The best way to avoid doing it yourself is to travel lighter. Try smaller, softer bags, preferably those you can stow under your seat instead of needing to hoist them up into the overhead space. If you still insist on carrying bigger ones, politely ask a strong fellow passenger to do the heavy lifting for you.

 
Hawaiian Airlines Offers Non-Stop Flights From Boston PDF Print E-mail


The new service takes 10 hours from Honolulu to Boston, and 11.5 for the windy return trip. So, when you book it, be sure to bring aboard your smartphone loaded with recorded sight and/or sound to while away the long hours. For more info, go to www.hawaiianairlines.com

 
Bare Facts About Cap d’Agde Village Resort, France PDF Print E-mail


Boasting it’s the world’s largest nudist destination, the oceanside resort offers a first-time visitors group program during the week of May 21-June 7. The popular annual event may attract up to 50,000 participants.

The Cap d'Agde naturist village includes busy night life, ethnic restaurants, posh hotels and exciting beach events. For costs and other info, go to www.capdagdefrance.co.uk

 
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