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Q: How Can I Be Safe In A Hotel Elevator? PDF Print E-mail

Recently found myself alone late at night in a casino resort elevator on its way down to the lobby. Two drunks entered and proceeded to annoy me. Fortunately, I managed to jump off quickly in the busy lobby. Suggestions? Mary L, Lansdowne PA

A: If you feel threatened physically and/or vocally, hit the elevator emergency call button immediately. Also quickly grab your smartphone and dial 911. If the contact was potentially dangerous, report the incident to hotel security.

If, during a ride up, you feel uneasy about another person in the elevator, wait until he pushes a floor button. Then, after he exits, hit the correct button for your floor.

Q: Is It OK These Days To Sightsee In San Francisco? PDF Print E-mail

For decades, the beautiful city was one of our favorite destinations back in the 1950s and 60s. We’re talking about going back soon to mark our 50th wedding anniversary. However, all the recent news about growing homelessness, dirty streets and crime may make us change our minds. What do you think? CFR, Tucson AZ

A: It’s all still there from your happy memories: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Chinatown and cable cars. Unfortunately, the City By The Bay has had considerable bad publicity lately because of the deterioration of safe and clean streets. The ever-growing homeless problem on city streets is a factor that negatively affects tourism.

To determine whether you’ll take your anniversary celebration there, keep in daily touch with news reports about the city. If and when you determine it’s safe for you and your spouse, and as long as you’re aware of potential dangers. Book a stay at a security-protected hotel, such as the St. Francis or Mark Hopkins. And do your sightseeing and dining with an escorted tour group.

Q: Can You Explain Aircraft Boarding And Seating? PDF Print E-mail

Every time I fly, it seems airlines make it more complicated, and confuse the hell out of me. Can you explain how I can do it quickly and economically without all the hassle? Jim C, San Antonio TX

A: The easiest way to avoid all the confusion is to make airline reservations with a savvy travel agent you can trust. The boarding rules and ticket prices are always changing, so it takes an expert to keep up with them. Of course, if you’re an online info expert and bargain hunter, try to work thru the ever-changing mess yourself after you get to the airport.

Q: Do We Need Travel Agents In This On-Line Age? PDF Print E-mail

We just retired and are making plans to do some cruises and other overseas traveling. With all kinds of the most updated info available every minute on the internet, is it easier and more economical to do it ourselves on our computer and smartphone? Mrs. PMO’R, Temple TX

A: Working in person with a qualified local travel adviser can help you sort out the best schedules, as well as find the most economical deals and packages. To start, check out the website of the American Society of Travel Agents for the latest info, go to www.travelpulse.com/suppliers/travel-associations/american-society-of-travel-agents

Q: Rent E-Scooters To Get Around Manhattan? PDF Print E-mail

We’re in our 60s and physically fit. We ride e-scooters in our home town, and would like to use them when we visit New York City. We know the hazards and always wear helmets, but wonder if it’s safe enough there. Mrs. EKL, Princeton NJ

A: First check with current NYC safety rules. E-scooters are having speed and accident problems in some cities, causing tight restrictions, and in some cases are totally banned. Senior visitors with sharp reflexes, clear eyesight, along with proper use, protective clothing and good luck, e-scooters can be a very convenient way to get around busy Manhattan. However, before doing it, consider your age, agility and ability to peal through the Big Apple.


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