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When Qualified, PreCheck Speeds Fliers Thru Security


With year-end super-busy holiday air traffic and jammed check-in lines, senior flyers should consider this new go-to-the-head-of-the-line gimmick. Called the TSA PreCheck system, and costing $100, it now permits some pre-security approved airline passengers to get to their aircraft more quickly.

After their status is confirmed, the privileged few are allowed to keep shoes, belt and coats on. They may also carry laptop computers and eligible personal liquids and gels in carry-ons. The only negative could be enduring the dirty looks and curses of the poor peasants who must wait in the long security lines as the special boarders sail past them.

If eligible passengers have kids under 12 with them, all can go through PreCheck. To keep up with the constantly changing status of PreCheck, when booking new flights, always review requirements with your favorite hometown or online travel agency. It may also be expedient to call the airline directly at least 24 hours before your departure to make sure your lofty status is on record.

For more information about PreCheck, go to www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck

Tho Called Airport Comfort Dogs, They Have Canine Teeth PDF Print E-mail


They do their jobs well, offering friendly noses and paws to tense passengers in busy airports. However, as with all dogs and humans, a sudden loud noise can startle them into a violent panic attack.

It happened recently in a major airport, when a comfort dog was frightened by aircraft engine backfire. He instinctively clamped his teeth down on a nearby hand at exactly the wrong moment, causing a deep wound requiring a dozen stitches.

So, during your travels and in your neighborhood, when you put a hand out to pet a strange dog, be careful, You may be rewarded with a sudden bite, even if it comes from a formerly friendly canine face.

 
Stinky Fliers: No Booze, Beans, Smokes Or Onions Before Flights PDF Print E-mail


Airline economy seats are getting smaller all the time, and passengers are jammed ever tighter together. Therefore, if you’re addicted to those products, have some consideration for anyone next to you forced to endure their resulting, revolting odors for endless hours.

This involves spending at least a day before flights ridding your body, breath and clothing of the offensive smells. And in the case of eating just before flying, try to avoid food that causes breath and bodily function eruptions. On behalf of the passenger in the next seat, we thank you.

 
Q: Rent E-Scooters To Get Around Manhattan? PDF Print E-mail


We’re in our 60s and physically fit. We ride e-scooters in our home town, and would like to use them when we visit New York City. We know the hazards and always wear helmets, but wonder if it’s safe enough there. Mrs. EKL, Princeton NJ

A: First check with current NYC safety rules. E-scooters are having speed and accident problems in some cities, causing tight restrictions, and in some cases are totally banned. Senior visitors with sharp reflexes, clear eyesight, along with proper use, protective clothing and good luck, e-scooters can be a very convenient way to get around busy Manhattan. However, before doing it, consider your age, agility and ability to peal through the Big Apple.

 
San Francisco CA: Cost You $5 To Drive Crooked Street PDF Print E-mail


Lombard Street has been a busy tourist attraction for decades. However, residents complain about the constant heavy flow of noisy cars blocking traffic in front of their homes. The new fee is expected to ease the congestion. What’s next? You’ll be charged $5 to drive past the crooked White House?

 
Grand Canyon AZ: Road Scholar Journey Of A Lifetime PDF Print E-mail


The beautiful National Park has been getting some bad vibes recently because of several fatal falls. Of course, they could have been avoided with some basic safety rules. This program is your opportunity to enjoy a danger-free Grand Canyon visit with the confidence of traveling with expert naturalists.

There are six more dates for Program 2804 this year, with the earliest from May 11 through 18. The base price is $1,599, which includes hotel and meals, with extra costs for an over-canyon flight. You’ll hike along both North and South Rims, cross the historic Navajo Bridge and enjoy the one-mile trail down to the Colorado River.

For booking and other info, go to www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/2804/grand-canyon-national-park-exploring-the-north-and-south-rims

 
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