CNN Reports: AA Squeezing In On Cheap Seats

As if it weren’t cramped enough already for creaky seniors flying economy. Get ready to squoosh! Seating spaces are reducing in American Airlines passenger compartments. The plan is to cut another two inches from each row.

Of course, in case you haven’t noticed, other airlines are also doing more squeezing for the same obvious reason. By sardining added bodies into the passenger areas, they’ll make more money. However, it could get worse on Delta and United, because it will give their goons less space for dragging passengers down the aisles and out the door.

Q&A: Discouraging News About Sick Cruise Passengers PDF Print E-mail

Q: I just retired, our nest is empty and we’re planning our first ocean cruise. But recently, we’ve been frightened by stories about hundreds of passengers getting sick. Should we change our plans and celebrate at a land resort? ALMcN, Ft. Worth TX

A: Your travel4seniors.com editor has sailed the seas for decades, including Navy duty and post-retirement as a civilian cruise passenger. In all those many years, I was only sick twice, and both times because of bad Navy food. Of course, you could fall ill on a cruise, with anything from seasickness, bad food or fellow passengers who come aboard already carrying the germs that may get to you.

Q&A: How Much Should We Tip Our Hotel Maid? PDF Print E-mail

Q: My husband and I travel frequently, and we always argue about tipping the hotel room maid. I say $10 for each night, and he argues for $2. What’s your idea of an appropriate tip? Mrs. ELL, Lexington KY

A: It depends on the hotel. If you’re paying $200 or more, a tip of $10 a night is appropriate. If it’s a b&b or other cheap stay, $2 is OK. Of course, if the hotel employee helps you in any way beyond the usual chores, some extra bucks should be tossed in.

From A Galaxy Far, Far Away…Is It An Alien Spaceship? PDF Print E-mail

Scientists say an interstellar object they named A/2017 U1, recently passed close enough to our planet to be seen on telescopes. It’s the first time ever such a large object from outside our solar system has been so clearly visible. What would our scientists see if they could get a closer look at the strange vehicle?

We’d guess the aliens aboard would seem somewhat familiar. They’d be grey-haired, lounging on deck sunning themselves. Some would be playing shuffleboard, munching sandwiches and sipping drinks. The close-up scope could also see through the portholes, revealing others inside playing blackjack and video poker machines. The Earth scientists managed to interpret a sign in an alien language: ALL-INCLUSIVE SENIOR INTERSTELLAR CRUISE

Make This Year's Holidays Happier For A Homeless Person PDF Print E-mail

While you’re out buying gifts for family and friends, consider a holiday offer for people who desperately need your help. You can give a basket of food for one or more unfortunate wanderers you see daily as you travel on city streets. Another most effective way is to make a holiday contribution to the Salvation Army, Red Cross or other organizations that provide help for the needy every day of the year.

Bankrupt Airline Grounded: Don’t Get Stranded At Holiday Time PDF Print E-mail

It happens frequently in these days of mergers, splits and confusion. Niki, a small regional German airline just suddenly went broke and out of business. It was a branch of Air Berlin, which had previously gone broke.

If you’re booked to fly, especially at this busiest travel time of the year, check frequently on your airline’s schedules. It isn’t just sudden bankruptcy that may cause you to be left stranded in the airport. It could be weather, sudden aircraft repairs, overcrowded skies or other reasons. And when the bad news hits you, always have alternate plans to get you where you’re going


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