Airplane Mob Scene: Pay To Be First Off?

According to USAToday, airlines are considering adding yet another nickel-and-dime cost to their already ever-increasing fees for baggage, carry-ons and other formerly free services.

You can already pay an extra $10 to $25 to board flights early on some airlines before the mobs of coach-seat peasants. Soon, passengers may be able to pay a similar extra fee to get off their flights first after landing.

When the new fee goes into effect, you lowly coach flyers will be able to see their first-class sneers close up as they strut by to exit before you.

Atlantic City NJ Seeks Return To Former Glory This Summer PDF Print E-mail

After some disappointing years over the past decade, when hotels went bust  and customers stayed away, the storied seashore resort town once more shines with new ideas. If you fondly recall your visits during good times, put a vacation in AC on your travel list this summer.

Two examples include reviving Trump’s Taj Mahal, now a Hard Rock Hotel,  and Revel, now the Ocean Resort. Completely updated throughout, they’re welcoming guests with new decor, restaurants, nightclubs, entertainment and other modern updates.

Of course, many of the city’s traditional attractions, including the Boardwalk, beach and souvenir shops still add to the city’s charm. www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2018/06/29/atlantic-city-revival-continues-opening-hard-rock-casino

Summer Air Travel Hints: Knowing The Rules Helps PDF Print E-mail

Expect airports to be at their busiest time of the year, so arrive 90 minutes before your flight is scheduled. Use the extra time to relax and make sure your journey will be as trouble free as possible.

Review the contents of carry-on bags for possible problems during check in. An example is toting water or other liquids. Containers must be emptied before going through TSA checkpoints. Carry-on liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 oz or less, and all containers must fit inside a single quart-size plastic bag.

With ever-more tough screening required, you may have to show electronic items larger than cell phones, like a tablet or kindle, and remove from carry-on baggage for closer inspection by TSA If you take your time and know the rules, summer airline experiences will be less hectic, and maybe a bit more enjoyable.

Smoker In SW Aircraft Toilet Causes Emergency Landing PDF Print E-mail

A recent incident on a flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco seems senseless from several angles. First, a nicotine-addicted passenger sneaked a smoke in the toilet. The sky-high crime was then reported by the flight attendants to the captain.

Despite the fact that the flight was just ten minutes from its intended destination, the Southwest plane was landed immediately in San Jose, about 50 miles south of San Francisco. There the offender was picked up by local authorities, and probably went free after paying a fine.

Did that end it? Of course not. The hundred of so passengers whose destination had been San Francisco had to scramble to find transportation to get there, including those scheduled for foreign flights. The question, unlike the flight, still hangs in the air. Was there any danger that required the sudden emergency landing for the safety of passengers and crew?

Your travel4seniors.com editor clearly recalls flying when smoking was allowed in aircraft passenger compartments, as well as in restaurants, theaters, offices and everywhere else. A lifelong non-smoker, I’m thankful it doesn’t happen now. But, was it necessary to divert the flight and screw up schedules for a hundred people because the stupidity of one addicted passenger?

Norwegian Cruise Line Cancels Hawaii Big Island Visits PDF Print E-mail

Because of the dangers of continuing eruptions of the Kilauea volcano on the big island, the cruise line has cancelled calls at Hawaii's Big Island until safety returns. Norwegian’s Pride of America, out of Honolulu, will now use the time on extended visits to the islands of Oahu and Maui.

Your travel4seniors.com editor sailed this route on Norwegian several times, and it’s one of the world’s most enjoyable cruises. The change in schedule shouldn’t affect the fun and pleasure of upcoming visits. New plans include an overnight stay in Honolulu and a day visit to Maui.

There will still be passenger shore roaming in Kahului, Maui and Kauai. Other lines that have temporarily canceled calls at the Big Island recently include Oceania, Crystal, Royal Caribbean and Princess.

Avoid That Loooong Baggage Carousel Wait After Your Flight PDF Print E-mail

You rush off the flight to get to the pick-up area quickly. Then, too often, as that big merry-go-round circles endlessly, all other travelers get their bags. And it could be even worse than the long wait. Your bag doesn’t arrive at all.

You find out later from luggage claim that it was mistakenly loaded aboard another flight. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to pick it up at the airport in only two or three days. How do you avoid the problem? Simply do your flying without checking bags. Stuff everything possible into a carry-on bag and backpack, and if necessary, all else into a coat with many inside and outside pockets.


Page 7 of 457
Stay in-the-know about the latest Sports, Life, Money, Tech, and Travel stories. You'll get your first 2 months of USA TODAY for $25 (charged monthly). All print subscribers receive the e-Newspaper included with their subscription.