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.

Shanghai, China: Najing Dong Lu Street Scene Vs Times Square PDF Print E-mail

With its many shops and heavy sidewalk traffic, the Chinese city’s downtown does resemble a busy Manhattan street. Of course, it's a great place for authentic local foods. The city can be a fun time for visitors, but worrisome for senior tourists. With your American clothing, gawking mature face and ever-present smartphone, you become a target for the street quick-buck and rip-off artists.

You can enjoy the bustling Shanghai streets in safety if you follow some simple rules. Keep that smartphone and purse on straps that you hold securely at all times while you wander. Also, wallets, IDs and other valuables must be in buttoned or zipped pockets. If a group of innocent-looking kids seem to be edging to surround you, back away quickly to safe ground.

Grand Canyon Skyrim With Grand Viewing Has Grand Price PDF Print E-mail

The glass viewing platform has been there ten years, and is one of the main attractions of the Arizona national park site. It is an exciting experience, but if you want to trod, look down a mile and smile into your selfie, be prepared to pay as much as $50 a walk and a peek.

Also, as with the famous canyon mule ride, you may have to buy your glass walking tickets months in advance. Since Skyrim opened, the average annual visitor numbers are close to a million. And it’s possible on the day of your visit, many of them will be in line ahead of you at the Skyrim. Anyhow, the price of entry into the park is just $25 per person, and there are many free spots to roam along the rims that offer views just as beautiful as on the Skyrim.

Hearst Castle: History Along California Coastal Highway PDF Print E-mail

If your dreams include winning and spending a billion-dollar sweepstakes, you may want to visit the majestic estate of the late billionaire William Randolph Hearst. It can give you ideas on how to build a comfy little home.

He wasn’t happy about being portrayed in Orson Welles’ historic movie, Citizen Kane, but his reputation for showy wealth still lingers in Hearst Castle. Constructed in the 1920s, the enormous estate is located inland of the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

During Hearst’s occupancy until the 1950s, his visitor list included Hollywood stars, business tycoons and political leaders. The buildings, pools and grounds contain many historic artifacts from all over the world. However, senior movie history buffs won’t find the sled Rosebud there. For visiting hours, fees and other info, hearstcastle.org/tour-hearst-castle/daily-tours

Road Scholar: Snap Your Costa Rica Digital Photo Adventure PDF Print E-mail

Get expert instructions on pointing your digital camera as a pro. Capture mountain and ocean views, get timeless photos of forest and wildlife in one of the most beautiful tropical Caribbean islands.

The next scheduled trip is Program No. 15114RJ, set for December 5 thru 13. Price starts at $1,999 per person, and includes hotel, meals and field trips, with no extra charges for singles. For complete info, go to www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/15114/digital-photography-in-nature-capturing-the-best-of-costa-rica/dates

Fatties Crushing You From Both Sides Of The Airline Seat? PDF Print E-mail

While ticket prices get larger, airlines are making seats smaller. In devious efforts to cram more paying butts on flights, the crafty engineers are making it more and more uncomfortable to fly.

There isn’t much senior fliers can do about it, but grin and squeeze in. If the cheap seat is too crowded and the flight isn’t sold out, ask the attendant to move you to a more comfy seat. Of course, if you have the dough, when you buy your ticket pay extra and sit in the overpriced section with the other snooty rich people.


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