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When Qualified, PreCheck Speeds Fliers Thru Security


With year-end super-busy holiday air traffic and jammed check-in lines, senior flyers should consider this new go-to-the-head-of-the-line gimmick. Called the TSA PreCheck system, and costing $100, it now permits some pre-security approved airline passengers to get to their aircraft more quickly.

After their status is confirmed, the privileged few are allowed to keep shoes, belt and coats on. They may also carry laptop computers and eligible personal liquids and gels in carry-ons. The only negative could be enduring the dirty looks and curses of the poor peasants who must wait in the long security lines as the special boarders sail past them.

If eligible passengers have kids under 12 with them, all can go through PreCheck. To keep up with the constantly changing status of PreCheck, when booking new flights, always review requirements with your favorite hometown or online travel agency. It may also be expedient to call the airline directly at least 24 hours before your departure to make sure your lofty status is on record.

For more information about PreCheck, go to www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck

When Should You Wash Your Hands? Always! PDF Print E-mail


If you’re on the road, ocean or in the air this season, the worldwide Coronavirus scare must be on your mind. Along with all the other advice, always apply one of the most necessary rules. Wash!

Every time you touch anything dirty or potentially germy, wash your hands in soapy, hot water. Do this not only after you leave a public toilet. Just as important is before and after you eat and drink. When you grasp railings, stairways and passages, be sure you then wash your dirty hands. Any time your hands are visibly soiled, including after digging and hauling trash, clean up.

For the sake of others near you, if you have a cold or flu, wipe your face and hands with alcohol-based medicine after sneezing and blowing your nose. The same applies when dealing with young children and when you feed and pet animals.

 
Senior Discounts: Ya Gotta Ask Or Ya Won’t Get ‘Em! PDF Print E-mail


When traveling, whether to a local restaurant, Parisian hotel or gift shop in Tokyo, prices may be lower just because of your advanced age. Sometimes the signs tell you about the deal, but often they don’t, and you must speak up with the simple question: Is there a senior discount on that price?

Additionally, members of AAA, AARP, active military and veterans’ groups can receive discounts at restaurants, hotels, airlines, cruise lines, National Parks, tour sponsors and car rental agencies. Therefore, seasoned world wanderers: If you want to bring your travel costs down, you gotta speak up!

 
Delta To Scratch Off Itchy Flight Crew Clothing PDF Print E-mail

Delta Airlines has replaced the uniforms that hundreds of its employees complain are causing health problems.The uniforms, worn by Delta's flight attendants, gate agents and other customer service employees in airports, were made of heavy wool by Lands End clothiers.

The uniforms were worn for several years. More than 500 Delta employees, mostly flight attendants, sued Lands End, claiming health problems were caused by the uniforms. Troubles included vocal cord dysfunction, breathing difficulties, skin blisters and rashes, blurred vision, nosebleeds, ringing ears, migraine headaches and fatigue. Gee, with all those claims resulting in relief, is it OK now to sue all the political candidates for causing itchy pains in our wallets?

 

 
Be An Eight-Minute Astronaut For Only $5,400 Plus Tax! PDF Print E-mail


If you have the dough, off you go! Zero gravity flights are scheduled to happen in 12 US cities this year. The Zero-G tour includes flights in Atlanta,  Austin, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami Boston, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The $5,400 fee includes breakfast, lunch, photos and at least seven heavenly minutes of weightlessness. www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/2020/02/13/zero-gravity-flights-coming-los-angeles-atlanta-las-vegas

 
Senior Travel Insurance More Necessary Than Ever PDF Print E-mail


With sudden spread of coronavirus and other potential world epidemics, be sure to anticipate your possible losses while roaming the world with effective insurance coverage.

Today you may need to cover trip cancellations, cruise delays, medical expenses, lost luggage and other unpleasant problems associated with travel. And because medical issues are more likely to happen to seniors, be sure to buy adequate travel insurance. Before embarking on your journey, check what your health insurance covers, especially when in foreign countries.

Some Medicare supplemental insurance plans are not in force outside the US. Now that the coronavirus and other worldwide medical problems are negatively affecting travel, additional insurance will assure you of more potentially necessary coverage.

 
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