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A Question of Survival PDF Print E-mail

Q: How can I make my holiday traveling less stressful?

A: There’s all kinds of expert advice available for you, most of it useless. The only effective way to cut the anxiety, anger and frustration to survive holiday travel is to heed Queen Victoria’s advice to her daughter on the young princess’ wedding night. “During the worst of it, think of England.” In other words, when things get overwhelming during your hectic holiday travels, just think of home, family, peace and quiet.

Hidden Costs: Have I Got a Deal For You! PDF Print E-mail
Q: Why do all airlines, cruises and hotels advertise just the basic price, such as bargain $99 a night at the Podunk Resort? With all the add-ons, the amount you pay could actually be $125.
Service Dogs Fly in Style PDF Print E-mail

Q: I recently boarded a flight, and was surprised to see a big German Shepherd dog stretched out on the floor inside the first row of seats. By his harness ID information, I realized he was a service dog, resting between the bulkhead and his blind master’s feet. He looked very calm, as if flying for him was no big deal. I know service dogs are permitted to ride in the passenger area on U.S. flights, but what about other countries?

What the heck are Airport Behavior Detection Officers? PDF Print E-mail

Q: As if we don’t have enough hassles getting through airport security, the government has just announced that behavior detection officers are now on the job? Will they carry rulers and rap us on the knuckles if we misbehave?

Cuba Libre? PDF Print E-mail
Q: Should US citizens be allowed to travel to Cuba? Must we wait for Fidel to join the late Che before the ban on US citizen travel is lifted? Everyone knows the law has been sidestepped, evaded, ignored, avoided and violated every day for decades. Any American can get to Cuba from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or through air or sea bookings.

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