Sleep Pods: Coming To Your Airport Soon?

If you’re old enough to fondly remember Pullman sleepers, WWII troop trains and Navy transports, you’ll love the new airport sleep pods. The teeny little bunks are popping up in terminals all over the world. They’re a welcome convenience for passengers who have long waits or delays, and want some basic privacy and to lie down in comfort until their flight.

Asian airports have been using sleep lockers for many years, and now others in London, Moscow, Philadelphia and Dubai are making the pods available. Some are literally stacked little horizontal spaces not much bigger than check-your-bag lockers, and a bit smaller than the old Pullman sleeper bunks. Others are tiny rooms with a bed, closet and wash station, some with private toilets and shower stalls.

The sleep pods rent for as much as $30 per hour, about what you’d pay for a full night in a cheap motel room or hostel. Of course, because they’re right there in the airport, they’re much more convenient for waiting and stranded passengers. For more information, go to yotel.com or sleepbox.com

Southwest Won't Say Neigh To Flying Miniature Horses PDF Print E-mail

The new rule allows passengers bring lightweight miniature horses onboard Southwest flights. As with service cats and dogs, they must be trained and legally certified. No SW official has mentioned yet that at the end of the flight, the attendants will announce: Humans may now exit, and all your little horsies can go giddy up.

Las Vegas NV: Neon Museum Lights Up Vintage Memories PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor’s memories of early Vegas go back to 1945. Our cross-country Navy troop train stopped briefly in the sleepy little town. It consisted of a few small casinos and greasy-spoon cafés. Senior tourists today can relive memories at the downtown Neon Museum. It displays hundreds of vintage Vegas signs from back as far as the 1930s.

In the museum’s outdoor North Gallery, there are many sound and light exhibits, including videos of famed Las Vegas musical stars of the past: Presley, Sinatra, Liberace, Davis, Dietrich and many others. For more info, schedules and tickets, go to www.neonmuseum.org

Jamestown, NY: The New National Comedy Center Honors Lucy
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Just opened this summer, the town where Lucille Ball was born has created a museum dedicated to humor. It features artifacts, props, videos and other memories from Lucille and other famous comedy stars of the past.

There are examples from early stage, vaudeville and movie comedy, such as innocently bright “I Love Lucy” clips, as well as George Carlin’s darker routines. For schedules, tickets and other info, go to comedycenter.org

Budapest, Hungary: Palatinus Baths Celebrate 100th Year PDF Print E-mail

If your travels take you to the beautiful capital city of Hungary, you’ll happily wander the streets enjoying historic sites, parks, restaurants and other destinations. Then, your tired feet and the rest of you will be ready for the baths.

Since 1919, the little island off the coast has been a destination for locals and tourists to enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, summer sunbathing, sports, massage, music and other relaxations. For scheduled events, prices and other info, go to en.palatinusstrand.hu

Southwest Air Tightens Rules On Flying Support Animals PDF Print E-mail

Senior travelers are familiar with the cheaters. Passengers who get fake IDs for Fido board first and grab the best seats. It happens on other airlines, as well as some cruise lines. Southwest has taken steps to make sure the helper animals are legitimate and not a bother to other passengers and crew. Now each must be on a leash throughout the flight and obey the rules.

Southwest's new policy, as of mid-September, requires travelers’ emotional support animal to wear a visible tag, and the owner must show a letter from an MD or licensed mental health pro. The only acceptable companions on SW flights are qualified dogs and cats.


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