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Is airline bar-stool squatting the next cheap travel pain? PDF Print E-mail

Mike O’Leary, CEO of Ryan Air, is known for his joking around. He was the first to suggest airlines put in pay toilets. Now he’s talking about offering cheaper fares to people willing to fly squatting on close-packed stools.

His theory, if he isn’t kidding, is that by using bar stools instead of regular airline seats, and he could jam another 50 percent more people onto each flight. O’Leary adds that if passengers accept the idea, and with a full aircraft, he can not only cut costs, but also reduce prices.

O’Leary, known for his often disturbing Irish wit, is suspected of joking on the bar stool idea, because he recently came up with the pay toilet in the air idea. He said passengers would use credit cards in slots to activate toilet doors, and be charged from one U.S. dollar on up to an English pound for each potty break. What's next? Airline straphanging?

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Step out on glass at Sears Tower & Grand Canyon PDF Print E-mail

SkyWalk, Grand Canyon

Sears Tower, at the top of the tallest building in Chicago, is now featuring a walk in the sky. Well, it’s more like venturing on onto a four-foot box of clear glass on its 103rd Floor Skydeck. If you’re brave enough to go, you can see the city in all of its glory 1,353 feet below you.

Chicago isn’t called the Windy City for nothing, so you can imagine how it will feel when you’re out there and the box begins to sway. There’s a similar, but much more way-out glass deck feature now available for tourist visitors at the Grand Canyon. So, if you’re tempted to step out on the transparent suicide ledge either at the Sears Tower in Chicago and/or the Grand Canyon, go ahead. You’re already old, so what do you have to lose?

New RCL Oasis of the Seas will be a floating buffet table PDF Print E-mail

Jay Leno used to say often as a lead-in to a joke about overweight people, “As if we’re not fat enough already .....” Royal Caribbean's answer may be, “On our new ship, it will be impossible to eat too much.” RCL’s brand new Oasis of the Seas, the largest passenger liner in history, is undergoing trials, and is expected to take its first passenger cruise in December to Caribbean ports.

AAA gives legendary Beverly Hills Hotel its Five Diamond Rating PDF Print E-mail

Three Los Angeles area hotels, just a short half-hour (not during drive time) from each other were honored with the American Automobile Association’s Five Diamonds, its highest honors for excellence. In addition to the Beverly Hills are the Montage in Laguna Beach and the Four Seasons Westlake Village.

Others in the U.S. earning the honors for the first time are the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida, the Four Seasons in St. Louis, Missouri, and the InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia.

Why it took the AAA so long to recognize the posh Beverly Hills Hotel, which opened in 1912, is a mystery. The hotel has consistently kept up its extremely high quality, including lavishly decorous rooms, tropical landscaping and luxury bungalows surrounding its pool.

Remember when: A whole lotta shakin' goin' on PDF Print E-mail

John Houghtaling, 92, recently passed away. In case you don’t recognize the name, John invented the motel miracle called Magic Fingers. Remember when you drove cross-country in the 1950s and 1960s, and needed to bed down for the night? When you checked in, tired and achy from hours on the road, that’s when John’s invention offered solace.

Next to your motel bed was a metal box with a 25-cent coin slot on top. That coin would make your bed shake for about 15 minutes, presumably to help lull you to sleep. Of course, stand-up comics made jokes about how the devices could be used for more devious means at so-called no-tell motels.


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