Veteran Flight Attendant Celebrates 60 Years In The Air

As years go, 1957 was a relatively quiet one. No major wars nor natural disasters. Time Magazine Man of the Year was Nikita Khruschev, the average home cost $12,000, a bottle of soda was 10¢, a restaurant steak dinner $2.50, a gallon of gas was 25¢. President Truman visited newly-opened Disneyland and Elvis recorded All Shook Up.

Bette Nash started her job that year as a 20-year-old stewardess, now called flight attendant, on Eastern Airlines, today with all the company changes and merges, it’s American Airlines. So, if flying on one of your senior air journeys you encounter Bette, join travel4seniors.com in wishing her another 60 years of safe, enjoyable air journeys.

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I first stepped ashore in Shanghai, China, in September 1945, when my Navy troop ship docked there to pick up just-released American, British and Aussie POWs from World War II. We then took them back to Manila for medical air and flights to their homes. Although the old city was a bit worse for wear from combat and bombing, Shanghai was still the charming international city it had been for a century. That time I was armed with a Navy backpack, a carbine and .45 pistol.

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Carnival introduces quicker boarding of ships by kiosk PDF Print E-mail

Carnival Cruise Lines is trying a new, speed-up check-in system at the Port of Miami FL. As in airports, cruise passengers will be able to board their ships by quickly swiping ID cards at an electronic kiosk that replaces the time-consuming live guard station process.

We recently returned from a cruise of the Mexican Riviera, and all facilities and services aboard the ship were easily and conveniently available. However, when boarding at the original Long Beach CA pier and at every port stop along the cruise, passengers  had to wait in hour-long lines for the guards in the terminal to go through the tedious security procedures before they allowed boarding. Vintage kiosk

Before arriving at the port of embarkation for the cruise at Carnival’s Miami pier, passengers who want to use the quick check-in kiosks are required to pre-register online and must be citizens of the U.S., Canada or other nation that issues visa waivers for US travel. The check-in requires passengers have authorized credit or passport cards to swipe at the kiosk, as is the usual procedures at airports. After passengers clear the security check-in procedure, they will be given their stateroom keys by cruise staffs as they arrive onboard.

If Carnival’s experiment proves effective, plans are in the works for the kiosk check-in procedure to be installed for other Carnival sailings. While we recognize and appreciate the need for tight security, we hope the kiosk check-in procedures will soon become universal for all cruise ships, and eliminate the frustration of long, time-consuming check-in lines.

QE2 to retire to Dubai, or maybe South Africa PDF Print E-mail

QE2 to retire to Dubai, or maybe South Africa
No, no, not the real QE2, who’s still very active with her corgies in Buckingham Palace. Vacations To Go reports Cunard's legendary ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 was retired from service last fall, and originally scheduled to be permanently settled at a Dubai United Arab Emirates dockside.

As with the old Queen Mary 1 in Long Beach CA, she was to be fitted out as a floating luxury hotel. However, the Cunard executives who make such decisions may change their minds and dock the QE2 in Durban or Cape Town, South Africa, where she’ll be a floating hotel there. South Africa is scheduled to host the World Cup Football (soccer) event next year in Cape Town. Stay tuned to find out what will happen to the old girl. No, no, not THAT old girl.

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Continental seatbacks to show live, satellite TV PDF Print E-mail

Won’t it be wonderful? According to USA Today, Continental Airlines has had DirecTV on 18 of its aircraft for several months. Soon, by huge popular demand (at least 3 people), Continental will offer 77 channels of live seatback TV on most domestic flights.

Think how you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy it all while jammed into your five-across sardine can seat as you fly 3,000 miles across America or to destinations around the world. Can you wait to watch such enlightening TV shows as Dance Your Ass Off, American Idol, Letterman mugging/twitching and Dog the Bounty Hunter abusing scofflaws.

You’ll also be thrilled by loud sales pitches by the late but still yapping Billy Mays, the Burger King dummy, Comcast eyeballs, Geico lizard, Preparation H ads, ambulance-chasing local lawyers, sweaty gold buyers and all the noisy, jerky images and gutter language on MTV. Or maybe you’ll be real lucky on your six-hour, non-stop flight and get to watch an endless PBS begathon.

Unless you’re flying first class, the privilege of these treats for your eyes and ears will cost you $6 per flight. However, because the TV programs could require you to use them, barf bags are still free.



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