Europe To USA Flights: No Laptops In Passenger Areas

There’s growing concern of potential terrorist explosives built into portable computers. To protect westbound flights, the Department of Homeland Security now requires that laptop-size computers must be inspected and checked with baggage.

This adds to the ban already in place for flights to the USA from airports in North Africa and the Middle East. Therefore, if you’re planning to use a computer when returning from European flights, bring along a smartphone with all the features necessary for work or play. Or if you’re really old-fashioned, a good book and/or several print magazines.

New York NY: Attractive Airbnb Bargains In Mid-Manhattan PDF Print E-mail

Just a few years ago, Airbnb rentals were confined in private homes, and few senior travelers knew or cared about them. We preferred the usual hotel stays, even as prices continued to rise.

For example, in just a decade or two, a hotel room in mid-Manhattan went from $50 a night to $500 in 2019. And with oil companies, airlines and other money-grabbers feeding national inflation, expensive hotel costs are likely to continue climbing higher.

In recent online ads, Airbnb offers centrally located Manhattan accommodations, including Rockefeller Center, for as little as $50 a night. For your next trip to the Big Apple to see the latest shows, shop on Fifth Avenue and dine at the best restaurants, consider an Airbnb within walking distance of it all. For prices, availability, location and other info, go to airbnb.com

Important Personal Safety Tip For Traveling Seniors PDF Print E-mail

Your elderly travel4seniors.com editor still enjoys roaming the world, but aging requires facing more dangers. Sudden mishaps while crossing busy streets, riding escalators and coping with airport crowds are more difficult.

Other travel dangers are thieves who prey on the elderly. Recently, I was pushing my walker with a suitcase in its basket from a busy downtown train station. A car pulled up next to me, and the scruffy driver asked if he could take me to my destination. The car had no Lyft. Uber or other ID on it. I refused with: Should I give you everything now or wait till you grab it from me in the car?

Senior travelers, especially the most physically challenged, should always be aware that you’re vulnerable targets for thieves. This is most dangerous at train and bus stations, airports, dark downtown streets at night and other exposed locations. The best solution is to have a younger traveling companion. If alone, always be alert and aware of your surroundings.

Las Vegas: Stay In Ritzy Condo Instead Of Teeny Hotel Room PDF Print E-mail

If your visit to Sin City will be more than a night or two, consider making the experience more luxurious at a lower bargain price. An example of a recent offer is a one bedroom balcony suite at Signature Condo in the MGM complex near the Las Vegas Strip for just $61 a night.

It won’t quite be as ritzy as the queen’s royal chambers at the Versailles Palace. However, it could make your stay in Sin City a bit more sinfully enjoyable. www.tripadvisor.com

AARP Lists 45 Travel-Related Discounts For Members PDF Print E-mail

If you’re a member of the senior organization, before you do any travel booking, check this long list for savings deals. Just a few include Avis, Best Western, American Airlines, Carnival Cruises, Hampton By Hilton, Marriott, Southwest and United Airlines. For current edition of the entire list, go to www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-2017/senior-travel-discounts-fd.html

Expect More Big Brother Face Scans At Airports PDF Print E-mail

The latest terrorist bombings around the world are incentive for more intrusive security restrictions on passengers seeking to board flights. The Department of Homeland Security is using advanced face-scanning tech in airports to be better at stopping potential terrorists before they can cause damage.

Use of the equipment has caused political backlash because of Big Brother similarities, and some legislators are asking for imposing restrictions on the more intrusive security measures. So, next time a DHS security guard at check-in does a Joe Biden huggie feelie on you, consider it’s for your safety.


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