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Southwest Airlines: Pay Extra $40 To Board First


Remember all those TV commercials by Southwest that bragged about “bags fly free”? Now, the bargain flyer has joined other airlines in tacking on bothersome extras. Bags still fly free, one or two each, but if you want to board your flight ahead of all the in-line peasant passengers, you’ll need to pay an extra $40.

Used to be that if you checked in at the desk early enough, you were assigned to the A line and got in to grab choice seats and find room for your carry-on in the overheads. Or if you were a member of the SW loyalty program, you could proudly march past all the waiting lines.

Now, for non-member Southwesterners, it’s put up $40 or go to the back of the line.

How To Deal With The Boeing 787 Cancellations PDF Print E-mail


Your airline may be acting quickly on the situation and automatically rebook you on another flight. To be sure, on days before your scheduled departure, keep in frequent online touch with your travel agency and the airline.

Phone calls may help, but as Southwest recommends for its schedules, log in to southwest.com or other airline websites to rebook, cancel and/or check flight status. With so many schedule changes, airline phone centers may be jammed. When your flight is canceled in this or other nationwide service shutdown, you’re eligible for a refund and/or free future flight.

 
Amsterdam, Holland: Mayor Says Respect Hookers PDF Print E-mail


The woman leader of the city recently called for tourists to cool it in the famous red-light district. She insists the gawkers make it "unpalatable" and "humiliating" for the so-called sex workers. Over 20 million visitors now come to Amsterdam annually, compared to just 10 million in 2000.

Of course, the ladies of the night pose in their brightly-lit shop windows to hustle up business, and in Amsterdam are as legal as any other. And if they are as attractive to gawking, selfie tourists as the Mona Lisa and Girl With The Pearl Earring, so be it.

 
Miami, FL: Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence PDF Print E-mail


Experience it all at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science until
 April 21. See how bugs, fish, plants and other critters use their natural glow to flash before your admiring eyes. Exhibits include live examples and demonstrations. For fees and other info, go to www.frostscience.org

 
Big Brother Will Be Watching You At Major Airports PDF Print E-mail


Within the next few years, airport face scanning and tightened security will be the norm. A new program, called “biometric entry-exit system,” will work like a super-sophisticated police line-up. It will instantly compare your features with millions of other faces on electronic file, including criminals, terrorists, anarchists, mental cases and other dangerous people.

So, next time you’re in an airport, don’t be surprised if a Sherlock Holmes scan happens to you. Sometime, somewhere, someplace when you least expect it, something gets into your face and says, Smile! You're on Candid Camera!

 
London Daily Mail: Beggars Can Make Up To $200 A Day PDF Print E-mail


I can believe it. Your travel4seniors.com editor hikes twice a day along several miles of Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, California. The final 20 miles of nationwide Route 66, runs from downtown Los Angeles to the oceanfront beaches in the city of Santa Monica.

With growing numbers of homeless in the area, I encounter at least five or six beggars daily. In some locations, such as next to posh restaurants, bars and supermarkets, they get steady handouts of tax-free dollar bills and more.

Advice: Because many street people have mental and addiction problems, don’t hand out money to them in your travels. Too often it goes for drugs and alcohol. You’ll help much more effectively by contributing to your local Red Cross, Salvation Army and other agencies that help the homeless. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6791637/Homeless-beggars-making-200-DAY-reveals-ex-soldier-says-11lb-streets.html#comments

 
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