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Light-Fingered Guests Stealing Big Hotel Mattresses PDF Print E-mail

Many of we senior travelers have left hotels carrying suitcases stuffed with towels, sheets, soaps, cups and other contraband. Now, according to the British Guardian, the list of swiped room items includes mattresses.

While the smaller items are worth only a few dollars each, hotel beancounters already factor them into the room charges. However, with posh hotel mattresses costing several hundred bucks each, there’s no way to make up for their loss. Unless, of course, hotel management sends bills to the rooms’ most recent occupants.

But that isn’t always possible, because mostly non-guest professional crooks are stealing the big mattresses. They get into rooms illegally and haul the loot down by elevator into under-hotel parking garages for car and truck getaways.

So,  be an honest guest. On your next visit to a posh, overpriced hotel, don’t try stuffing a bulky mattress into your too-tiny suitcase when you leave.

Senior Disney Parks Visitors: Don’t Molest The Critters! PDF Print E-mail

When you take your kids and grandkids to the Happiest Place On Earth, you’ll notice that the costumed characters often reach out to pat and hug visiting little ones. However, always remember it is illegal for adult visitors to do the same with the familiar figures.

Recently, several adult visitors have been ejected and/or fined for doing some annoying touchy-feely grasping of characters dressed as Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. Their actions went beyond simple hugs, including reaching into costumes and grasping bottoms and busts.

It brings back family memories from 40 years ago. Our daughter, then aged 4, followed the Donald Duck character while holding on to his costume’s tail. Angry, he attempted to get through a doorway, but she wouldn’t let go. If that had happened today at Disney, would we have to later visit our little girl in the local lockup and/or hospital?

USA Today Names Its 20 Safest US Cities For 2020 Travelers PDF Print E-mail

In rank order: 1. Columbia MD, 2. Yonkers NY, 3. Plano TX, 4. Gilbert AZ, 5. S. Burlington VT, 6. Virginia Beach VA, 7. Bismarck ND, 8. Nashua NH, 9. Chandler AZ, 10. Warwick RI, 11. Chesapeake VA, 12. Scottsdale AZ, 13. Fargo ND, 14. Burlington VT, 15. Peoria AZ, 16. Madison WI, 17. Laredo TX, 18. Cedar Rapids IO, 19. Lewiston ME and 20, Aurora IL.

How they compiled these figures is anyone’s guess. Actually, for wandering seniors, just about all city sidewalks and streets can be dangerous at any time, day or night. Consider crossing on foot in heavy traffic, while scooters and bikes speed down sidewalks and reeling drunks stagger out of bars.

And let’s not forget druggies, homeless, pickpockets, drunk drivers and hold-up thugs. Many sudden happenings can knock a city off the safe list at any moment. Therefore, in your big metropolis visits always be alert and responsible for your own safe driving and wandering. www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/news/2019/12/02/safest-cities-america

Free Airfare From Miami For Havana Tours PDF Print E-mail

Sign up for free round-trip air from the Florida city with InsightCuba for four-day weekends and other promotions. The offer, which includes land visits to various Cuban destinations, is in effect throughout 2020. With U.S. travel restrictions still in effect, the deal applies only to Miami flights to Havana. For more info, go to insightcuba.com

FAA May Set Standards For Squeezie Cheap Airline Seats PDF Print E-mail

Still aching from that long holiday flight while stuffed into a narrow middle seat throughout your uncomfy flight? Maybe there’s hope that next time you’ll be more comfy.

At a special center in Oklahoma City, FAA researchers are running a series of trials to decide whether the space between or size of airline seats affect evacuation in emergencies. Those tested include adults between 18 and 60. Lawmakers and consumer advocates are also concerned about children, comfort animals and passengers with disabilities. www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/FAA-aims-to-reset-standards-for-planes-seats


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