Cuss a screener & you're on mad fliers list

Airport anger can get you on THE list

Throw a fit in the airport or just get mildly ticked off, and your name may go into a Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration watch list. They already have one for terrorists and other murderous nutcases, but now they’re starting a list of air travelers who aren’t quite as dangerous, but still need watching.

You can qualify for the throw-a-snit list by arguing loudly with a screener, angrily tossing bags and stuff around or just threatening to punch the TSA guy in the nose. Hey, wait a minute. Doesn’t that include just about everyone who flies today?

If you make the list, unless you’ve done something really violent, you won’t be barred from boarding your next flight. However, you can be sure the screener will get back at you for your alleged bad behavior on previous inspections. Expect him to grin knowingly at you and spend a lot more time going through your carry-on stuff.

Safety Tips For Elderly Seniors Traveling Alone PDF Print E-mail

First, of course, is if advanced age and/or physical condition are not strong, don’t travel alone. When you must go solo, take all personal precautions to avoid accidents, illness and street crimes.

When walking on busy city streets, don’t attract attention by wearing fancy clothes and exposed jewelry. Do your sightseeing and shopping during busy daylight hours, with wallet in zipped coat pocket or strapped handbag held tightly under an arm.

Be aware of all surroundings when using your phone, preferably in a case and strapped to a wrist. Every morning ask at the hotel front desk about safety in the area, as well as recommended restaurants and stores. Avoid eating from open air food carts and street vendors in parks and other public areas.

OPEC Ode To Memorial Day: We're Gonna Empty Your Wallets PDF Print E-mail

This holiday tradition is when we honor those who fought and died for our freedom. The Middle East and U.S. oil moguls feel free on the day by boosting already-inflated prices of gas to highway robbery levels.

According to the app GasBuddy, the national average will go over $3 a gallon. In California and other heavy driving states it could go as high as $5. All we senior roadies can do is find ways of fighting back. Patronize stations that offer the lowest prices, do ride-sharing for local and long holiday drives, and think seriously of getting an all-electric for your next car purchase.

Wanna Board Your Flight First? Take A Kid With You PDF Print E-mail

Beat ever-tightening, ever-changing rules your airline applies to keep you way back in the boarding line. Even if you buy the cheapest ticket, fly with at least one charming little tyke aged six or younger.

It’s especially good for passengers of Southwest and other airlines where seats are not pre-assigned, and by the time you get aboard all overhead bins are stuffed full. Of course, once you’re seated you may have to deal with emergency diaper changes, loud crying by the kids and dirty looks from nearby passengers.

Holy Hawg! Has It Been 50 Years Since “Easy Rider”? PDF Print E-mail

It seems like just yesterday when the two young guys went roaring for 900 miles along Route 40 from Los Angeles to Taos, New Mexico. Are you nostalgic enough to repeat what Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper did in 1969? Of course, your trip will not end in disaster as it did for the guys in the movie.

Plan a drive (not necessarily on a hawg) to some of America’s most beautiful scenes. Stop often for some creative camera pointing. And along the way, don’t forget to detour to Winslow, the Grand Canyon, Ojai, Joshua Tree, Sedona, Santa Fe, Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Petrified Forest to enjoy the fantastic sights.

Game Of Thrones: How To Stay Clean In Strange Toilets PDF Print E-mail

Seniors who travel to such exotic destinations as Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow, Cairo and Santiago often have sanitation problems. Foreign restrooms not only have challenges on how to use the facilities, some are just plain filthy.

When ya gotta go, ya gotta go, and there are ways to meet the cleanliness challenges. Always carry basic kits, including disposable medicated wipes and small bottled or spray cleaner. Also have meds to deal with sudden attacks of diarrhea. Generally, to limit urgent need for potentially dangerous toilets, avoid unfamiliar ethnic and street vendor foods.


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