TSA Body Searches To Get Even More Invasive

Now they’ll never fail ya, as they grab your genitalia! The Transportation Security Administration has increased its physical search procedure on air passengers. Calling it “universal pat-down”, TSA insists it “continues to adjust and refine our systems and procedures to meet the evolving threat and to achieve the highest levels of transportation security”. In other words, more crotch gotcha. So, on that next flight, be sure you and your intimate body parts are prepared for closer scrutiny.

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Destination: SeaWorld, Orlando FL PDF Print E-mail

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Located near Walt Disney World, SeaWorld is adjacent to Busch Gardens. If you’re planning a family trip to the area, bring everyone, including grandparents and grandkids. Now that weather is getting wintery in many other parts of the U.S. and Canada, be sure to allow at least three to seven warm, sunny days and comfy nights to experience all of these wonderful vacation facilities.

Lots of bargain hotels, motels, restaurants, amusement parks, swimming, boating, shows and scads more waiting for you to enjoy. Be sure to see the wonderful water acrobatics, performed both by talented humans and their fantastic aquatic animal pals at SeaWorld!

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How to breeze thru airport security PDF Print E-mail

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Well, not really a very fast breeze these days, but if you do it right, at least you can avoid the usual snail’s pace . Here are some suggestions for easing your way:

1. Wear easy-off shoes, sandals and boots. Nothing is so awkward in the security line as when you’re juggling tickets, purses, computers, tickets and other stuff, and then have to stoop over to remove or put on footwear. Make it at least a bit less inconvenient if you can get barefoot in a hurry.

2. Wear a jacket or vest with lots of pockets when going through security. Have all papers and other documents ready ready to be displayed.

3. Yeah, we know all the gripes about the body scans, and how they’re getting more embarrassing as new ones are invented. If you must go through the ordeal, keep calm and courteous. The scan person is just doing a job and has heard it all before.

4. Know the no-no rules about stuff you can’t carry through security, and be sure to leave it with your checked bags before you must go through the delays caused by your thoughtless error. Be sure your laptop is in approved bag with open flap in case it is inspected.

And, for your own peace of mind, get to the airport early, so the ordeal won’t also include running to a gate that has just closed. Be prompt, not sorry.

Food: Would cavemen enjoy in-flight meals? PDF Print E-mail


On your next flight, would you enjoy a dinner of roast dinosaur? There are several scientific studies going on that examine the diet of Stone Age humans. The rumor is that cruise lines, airlines and hotel chains are interested in serving foods that include more natural and healthy ingredients.

Actually, just kidding about dinosaur on the menu. If you ever stayed awake in history class, you’d know those beasts were gone from the earth several million years before man arrived. However, the cavemen's simple diet, primarily of meats, is considered healthy for today’s humans by some nutrition experts. Just don’t try convincing a vegan of that.

Stone Age people were hunter-gathers who found food, primarily animals, within short distances of where they lived. They did eat some wild grasses and beans, but researchers claim vitamin-rich liver, kidneys and brains were their favorites. By the way, have those researchers considered that cavemen died at 30 of old age?


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