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Q: What Are Airport Behavior Detection Officers? PDF Print E-mail

Reminds me of school days. As if we don’t have enough hassles getting through airport security, TSA has behavior detection officers on the job. Will they carry rulers and rap us on the knuckles or butt if we misbehave? Marie P., Milwaukee WI

A: You must have bad memories about school days. The specially-trained behavior detection officers are not there to punish misbehaving kids. They look for unusual and potentially dangerous psychological symptoms as passengers go through security.

Does Dressing For Success Require Flying Formal? PDF Print E-mail

Q: In my working days, this ex-business guy always wore a suit and tie when flying for business and vacation. Now a senior, I travel only for pleasure, and so go very casual, with old jacket, t-shirt, baggy pants and sneakers.

Is it my imagination, but it seems I’m now too often herded along in airports and aboard flights like a prisoner? It makes me mad as hell! As in my working days, would airline people treat me with more respect if I dressed up again? JJMcK, Boston MA

Mugged In Rome! How Can We Protect Ourselves? PDF Print E-mail

Q: In broad daylight in front of the Trevi Fountain, some innocent-looking kids moved in on us. While several stood in front begging for money, two slipped behind, cut our purse straps, grabbed the bags and took off. As traveling seniors who’ve been all over the world, this is the first time we were mugged. How can we prevent it in the future? MBMcK, Boston MA

Q: Are There Seniors-Only, Clothing-Optional Cruises? PDF Print E-mail

This barely answerable query comes from a travel4seniors.com reader who’ll only be identified as Jean M of Milwaukee WI. After some research, we’ll try to undress ...I mean... address Jean’s question.

A: First, a bad joke. On a clothing-optional senior cruise, an observant passenger remarks that a sunbather’s swimsuit is all wrinkled. Ooops! The very old senior is sunning in the nude.

There are many resorts and beaches in Europe and the Caribbean where vacationers can sun and bathe in the all-together. Even a few in the U.S. If you’re interested in exploring clothing-optional cruises, check websites such as blisscruise.com and castawaystravel.com for upcoming schedules.

Traveling Cat: Info About Flying And City Daycare PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’m planning to take my cat, Mabel, with me on a flight. I have business during the day in downtown Los Angeles, but will be free for five nights. Will it be OK to have Mabel in my room with me? Miriam K., Denver CO

A: First, check with the airline about requirements to take Mabel on the flight. Then, when booking your hotel, ask staff about allowing the cat to be in the room alone during the day. Some hotels forbid it, while others charge a fee for an area in the hotel with cages, feeding, exercising and other visiting pet services.

Another idea is to treat Mabel to several days at a pet resort near your hotel. For example, there’s a worldwide chain, Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa. For locations, costs and other info, go to www.thebarkleypethotel.com


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