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Emotional Support Dog Injures Child On Southwest Flight


That’s what the news headlines blare out. What may have actually happened was when the dog was already seated. Then, in the crowded aisle, the passing child was pushed, and his brow got too close to the dog’s open panting mouth. The result was dog teeth scratches.

Of course, depending on opposing lawyers’ statements, either the nervous dog deliberately bit the child or it was all an unfortunate accident by the innocent canine. Some sane advice for senior flyers from your travel4seniors.com editor: Don’t try to pet strange dogs.

Several months ago, I was walking by a costume party scene. The people were standing on the sidewalk outside a restaurant. Their large pit bull terrier was dressed as a clown, complete with tasseled hat. When I reached to pet the dog, he clamped his sharp teeth down hard on my hand. The golf ball-sized wound required a dozen stitches, bandages, three painful weeks and all kinds of antibiotics. Did I mention you shouldn’t pet nor pass too close to strange dogs, especially big ones with big teeth?

USA Today & GasBuddy: When To Pump The Cheapest Gas PDF Print E-mail


First of all, there ain’t no such thing as cheap gas. Ask the oil-rich Saudis, their crooked American oil company pals and your unfriendly neighborhood gas station owner. They greedily started hiking prices in the 70s, and the never-ending inflation is still destroying our economy.

Before filling up, check advice about when and where to find the lowest-priced gas at the stations. Maybe if you do it right, you’ll save a few bucks. However, as long as the phony inflation continues, you’ll be paying way more than it should be. And, of course, plan the ultimate way to fight the greedy oil thieves. Make your next car electric or hybrid. www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/04/09/gas-prices-gasbuddy-best-day-to-fill-up

 
American Follows Southwest In Cancelling 737 Flights PDF Print E-mail


Be aware of schedule disruptions. If you’re booked to fly aboard those two airlines over the next months, be sure to keep in hour-by-hour contact with your travel agent and those airlines.

With research continuing with the Boeing 737 because of two devastating crashes, hundreds of the aircraft will be out of service until safety solutions are established. For more info, go to www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2019/04/07/american-airlines-cancel-90-daily-flights-into-june-boeing-737-max-8-grounding

 
Senior Tourist Confused About Helping Handicapped Travelers PDF Print E-mail


Q: I’m 66, newly retired and blessed with good health. On a recent cruise, there were some very elderly people aboard in wheelchairs. When I asked to assist several around the ship, they got very angry with me. What are the rules when you try to show simple kindness? Mrs. PJL, Denver CO

A: Understand that many handicapped people insist on being as independent as possible. Right or wrong, some resent offers of help as demeaning. Of course, it’s very kind of you to offer, and you should keep doing it. However, be prepared for rejection, and then back politely away.

 
Hollywood CA: Bike Line Along Santa Monica Blvd. PDF Print E-mail


Stay in line, obey all signals, and watch out for traffic. Especially street-crossing little old lady tourists and electric scooters speeding down the sidewalk.

 
Hamburg, Germany: Designing Skinnier Airline Sort-of Seats PDF Print E-mail


When paying for a flight of less than three hours, your travel4seniors.com editor usually buys the cheapest economy seat. Of course, over the years I’ve noted that they are no longer so cheap, and worse, seem to get smaller every time I fly.

Italian aircraft seat manufacturer Aviointeriors recently showed their latest models of near-standing seats, called Skyrider, in Hamburg at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2019 (AIX). They’re described as something between a horse saddle and bicycle seat. So, on your next economy flight, don’t be surprised if you’re wedged in with half-sitting, half-standing 400-pound seat mates while hanging on to a subway strap.

 
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