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Boeing Boasts Developing A Hypersonic Passenger Jet PDF Print E-mail


The just-announced claim is that when it goes into regular service in about a dozen years, the Boeing airliner will fly non-stop between New York and London in two hours, and Los Angeles and Tokyo in three hours.

Of course, that won’t speed up the extra hours passengers must spend on the ground before flights. They include weather delays, driving to the airport, parking, long waiting lines and surviving touchie-feelie security body checks.

 
Smoker In SW Aircraft Toilet Causes Emergency Landing PDF Print E-mail


A recent incident on a flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco seems senseless from several angles. First, a nicotine-addicted passenger sneaked a smoke in the toilet. The sky-high crime was then reported by the flight attendants to the captain.

Despite the fact that the flight was just ten minutes from its intended destination, the Southwest plane was landed immediately in San Jose, about 50 miles south of San Francisco. There the offender was picked up by local authorities, and probably went free after paying a fine.

Did that end it? Of course not. The hundred of so passengers whose destination had been San Francisco had to scramble to find transportation to get there, including those scheduled for foreign flights. The question, unlike the flight, still hangs in the air. Was there any danger that required the sudden emergency landing for the safety of passengers and crew?

Your travel4seniors.com editor clearly recalls flying when smoking was allowed in aircraft passenger compartments, as well as in restaurants, theaters, offices and everywhere else. A lifelong non-smoker, I’m thankful it doesn’t happen now. But, was it necessary to divert the flight and screw up schedules for a hundred people because the stupidity of one addicted passenger?

 
Norwegian Cruise Line Cancels Hawaii Big Island Visits PDF Print E-mail


Because of the dangers of continuing eruptions of the Kilauea volcano on the big island, the cruise line has cancelled calls at Hawaii's Big Island until safety returns. Norwegian’s Pride of America, out of Honolulu, will now use the time on extended visits to the islands of Oahu and Maui.

Your travel4seniors.com editor sailed this route on Norwegian several times, and it’s one of the world’s most enjoyable cruises. The change in schedule shouldn’t affect the fun and pleasure of upcoming visits. New plans include an overnight stay in Honolulu and a day visit to Maui.

There will still be passenger shore roaming in Kahului, Maui and Kauai. Other lines that have temporarily canceled calls at the Big Island recently include Oceania, Crystal, Royal Caribbean and Princess.

 
Delta Airlines Bans Pit Bulls In Passenger Compartments PDF Print E-mail


It seems  there have been too many unhappy sky-high encounters between pit bulls and people in the sky. So, next time you fly and want to take your canine pal with you, make sure that more friendly breed is allowed to be sitting with you on a Delta or other airline flight.

 
USA Today: Of World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Only Six In US PDF Print E-mail


All are ritzy and expensive, but senior travelers may not agree that the highest American eatery is #4, Eleven Madison Park in New York City, and not another until #25, Cosme, also in NYC.

What about all the great dining destinations in Miami, Boston, New Orleans, Philly, San Francisco, Honolulu, Los Angeles and Las Vegas? And, of course, your favorite little Mom & Pop joint in your home town. www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/food-and-wine/2018/06/20/worlds-50-best-restaurants

 
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