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

Who Says There’s No Depth Of Creativity In Hollywood PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor captured an interesting landscape while hiking and photogging recently along Santa Monica Boulevard. The steep incline is on Olive Street in West Hollywood. It climbs steeply north to Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard and Walk of Stars, office buildings and beyond. Then higher above to the grossly-higher-priced little homes perched above on the Hollywood Hills. And, as the tall crane implies, there will soon be new little overpriced homes.

Berlin, Germany: Tempelhof May Become Haus Der Katzen PDF Print E-mail

The historic airport, closed for more than ten years, may soon see more kinds of flighty activities. Tempelhof was infamous in the 1930s as the favorite travel facility for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi pals.

Immediately after World War 2 in the late 1940s, Tempelhof honorably served as the daily relief source, known as the Berlin Airlift. The defeated Germans were starving due to Russian forbidding food trucks from entering the city. So American and British aircraft flew over daily. They dropped tons of food and other supplies.

Recently, a group of horny German business entrepreneurs has asked permission to use the long-closed airport as a brothel. Does that inspire some familiar aviation quotations? For instance, the sexy flight attendant asks: coffee, tea or me? Also: Expect lots of turbulence, so hooker up your seat belts! Or, guys, make sure everything on you is in the full upright position.

Washington DC: Monument To Welcome Visitors Again PDF Print E-mail

The famed tourist attraction named for the nation’s first president, was closed for many months for major upgrades and security improvements. It's now scheduled to reopen on September 19.

I still have long ago memories about the first time I saw the Washington Monument. It was during my high school senior class trip to the nation’s capital in mid-December 1941. We were there just a week after the Japanese sneak bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

The city was in a hysterical panic because there was growing fear that the next attack would be on Washington. We saw armed guards at the city’s major buildings, all wearing World War 1 uniforms and helmets. I was 16 then, and a few months later joined the Navy. Incidentally, after the Army got better helmets and other equipment, we eventually won World War II.

Are You Planning To Invade Area 51 In Nevada? PDF Print E-mail

The government has denied permission for gathering of space-enthused celebrants at the actual Area 51, an official military base. Therefore, the so-called Alienstock (in tribute to Woodstock) Festival is scheduled to happen in tiny Rachel, Nevada, the closest town. It sits on State Route 375, nicknamed the Extraterrestrial Highway.

Alienstock will start on Friday, September 20 and end at noon Sunday, September 22. Scheduled are alien costumes, music, entertainment, food and drink stands. Admission is free, but attendees are urged to make volunteer contributions to continue Alienstock efforts at space exploration, world peace and harmony.

So far, there have been no predictions of appearances at the festival of actual extraterrestrial visitors nor spaced-out politicians.

Los Angeles Airport: Take City Tour From LAX To Relax PDF Print E-mail

Many senior travelers must wait hours at LAX for connecting flights across the Pacific to Asia. They have a choice to spend many hours trying to find a quiet spot in the busy airport or enjoy a tour.

If your layover at LAX will be five hours or more, consider lacitytours.com. The cost is about $100. It includes strolling the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica beach scenes and up the hills to the Hollywood sign. There’s also a visit and lunch stop at the city’s historic Farmers Market. For more info and booking, check the website.


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