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Is airline bar-stool squatting the next cheap travel pain?

Mike O’Leary, CEO of Ryan Air, is known for his joking around. He was the first to suggest airlines put in pay toilets. Now he’s talking about offering cheaper fares to people willing to fly squatting on close-packed stools.

His theory, if he isn’t kidding, is that by using bar stools instead of regular airline seats, and he could jam another 50 percent more people onto each flight. O’Leary adds that if passengers accept the idea, and with a full aircraft, he can not only cut costs, but also reduce prices.

O’Leary, known for his often disturbing Irish wit, is suspected of joking on the bar stool idea, because he recently came up with the pay toilet in the air idea. He said passengers would use credit cards in slots to activate toilet doors, and be charged from one U.S. dollar on up to an English pound for each potty break. What's next? Airline straphanging?

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Basically, they all give the same advice. If you want the least stress and the most satisfaction, get to the airport early. The times vary from 30 minutes to two hours, with a basic suggestion added. Be signed up in advance with one or more of the official early boarding permissions, such as Priority Pass. For more info, go to www.cnn.com/travel/article/airport-arrival-time-opinions

 
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The list puts five of the best 10 in California, which may not agree with those of us who’ve been stuck for hours in super busy LAX and SFO. Of course, it all depends on repairs, strikes, schedules, security and good or bad luck. And just for the record, take-off and landing flights are rarely delayed by Arctic blizzards at tropically sunny California airports.

 
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The historic Fairmont welcomes dogs, cats and other pet guests. For a $75 fee, they’ll enjoy mini-beds, water bowls, toys, tasty meals and other comforts.

During your visit, you and your pet may meet (but not eat) Lilou, a therapy pig who often stays at the hotel for special events. And for exercise, you and your four-footed friend can hike through a great city’s steep streets, parks, and maybe hop on a cable car ride.

 
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Instead of hiking on busy sidewalks during your visit to the movie capital, consider signing up for a bike, e-scooter or bus tour. You’ll see much more of the local scenery as you zip along, and at the same time, get invigorating exercise. When planning your Hollywood and other US and world sightseeing trips, check out the various kinds of local tourist riding tours you can join.

 
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Your travel4seniors.com editor caught this candid shot as the strapped-in dog scoots by on the back of a motorcycle. Of course, with all the restraints, it looks somewhat safe. However, any sudden turn or stop in fast traffic could cause the dog to be sent flying helplessly and dangerously.

 

 
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