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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

Check Into Bike Sharing In Busy Big City Downtowns PDF Print E-mail


If you’re in good physical shape and need to roam quickly around crowded downtown areas, seek online info about bike share. It’s more convenient and much cheaper than ever-rising charges for taxis, Uber or Lyft. Many cities already offer the bike service free or at very low cost.

They include Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Minneapolis, New York City, Orlando, Phoenix and Portland. When you roam foreign cities and want to bike your way around, you’ll  find many of them offer similar economic bike share programs.

 
RoadScholar Trip: Enjoy Live Country Music In Branson MO PDF Print E-mail


Groove with other seniors in the town boasting to be the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World”. Enjoy six public stage shows, have an afternoon tea, Q&A and discussion with DeeDee Lennon, and three private shows.

Six Branson trips scheduled this year, with next from June 9 to 13. It all happens during six days, five nights, including hotel stay and 13 meals. Get all the facts about Program No. 1615RJ, with price starting at $1,199. www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/1615/branson-show-biz

 
Q: Is It OK These Days To Sightsee In San Francisco? PDF Print E-mail


For decades, the beautiful city was one of our favorite destinations back in the 1950s and 60s. We’re talking about going back soon to mark our 50th wedding anniversary. However, all the recent news about growing homelessness, dirty streets and crime may make us change our minds. What do you think? CFR, Tucson AZ

A: It’s all still there from your happy memories: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Chinatown and cable cars. Unfortunately, the City By The Bay has had considerable bad publicity lately because of the deterioration of safe and clean streets. The ever-growing homeless problem on city streets is a factor that negatively affects tourism.

To determine whether you’ll take your anniversary celebration there, keep in daily touch with news reports about the city. If and when you determine it’s safe for you and your spouse, and as long as you’re aware of potential dangers. Book a stay at a security-protected hotel, such as the St. Francis or Mark Hopkins. And do your sightseeing and dining with an escorted tour group.

 
AA Flight Attendant Fined For Flying With Boozy Breath PDF Print E-mail


Although her name is now all over the news and internet, your travel4seniors.com editor will not display it here. First, in all my years of flying commercial and in Navy aircraft, I encountered many air crew members with boozy breath before flights. None were any less capable of doing their jobs.

Another factor in this case is that the veteran American Airlines flight attendant will be 65 this year, and did her job through the decades with no previous problems. Therefore, we can guess she was celebrating her upcoming retirement. So, let’s all raise our glasses to her and say: Congratulations and welcome into your sunset years on terra firma!

 
Texting While Driving Illegal, Soon Texting While Walking, Too PDF Print E-mail


New York and other states may soon enact laws forbidding the dangerous practice. Countless times on travels in busy cities I’ve almost collided with clueless texters blocking the sidewalk, either standing stupidly in the middle or shuffling along into foot traffic with eyes glued to little boxes.

Also I hold my breath as distracted texters cross busy streets with little awareness of traffic. Several weeks ago in New York City, I passed a distressed woman sitting on the curb while an ambulance crew examined her injured arm and neck. She was a texter who had been hit while crossing the street. Fortunately for her, she had collided only with speedy, equally stupid scooter riders, who were busy sexting.

 
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