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San Francisco Airport: Greet And Pet Wag Parade Animals


Take a few pleasant moments from your busy schedule at SFO to mingle with some SPCA representatives. Most on the so-called Wag Parade will be friendly dogs, as well as a costumed pig named LiLou offering happy oinks for you. The animals roam the airport waiting areas on weekdays.

In Some Cities, Selfies With Locals Are Not Permitted PDF Print E-mail


Just about every senior traveler today has a smartphone, and instinctively points it at everything in sight. Including grabbing colorfully-clad locals and monuments to be with them while shooting selfies.

The rules are simple. Before pointing your lens, be sure local laws allow you to shoot, including or excluding selfies. When you want to pose legally with a local, always first ask permission. And respect no for the answer. In some cities where selfies have been a problem, the practice may be totally forbidden, and violators could be arrested and fined. www.cnn.com/travel/article/kyoto-gion-photo-ban

 
Q: Should Our Seniors Club Make Plans To Visit Cuba? PDF Print E-mail


Many of our members recall those long-ago days before Castro, when Americans enjoyed visits to Havana for the great music, food and casinos. Is it possible to arrange a group tour this winter? LER, Tampa FL

A: The restrictions of no visits were eased recently, although still not totally lifted. After over 140 thousand Americans came by cruise ships in early 2019, the U.S. government put in new rules. A previous category for "people-to-people" travel, which accounted for many tourist visits, was eliminated. Before you begin making group plans to go to Cuba, probably now only allowed by air, check with a trusted travel agency on current rules and restrictions.

 
Venice, Italy: Senior Travelers Be Aware Of Heavy Flooding PDF Print E-mail


St. Mark’s Square and much of the Grand Canal tourist areas are under water. It’s the worst flooding in more than 50 years. If you have schedules to visit Venice, check closely with your travel agent and continuing online and news developments.

While city officials say climate change is a cause of the flooding, business owners blame political corruption. There have been many delays in creating  a barrier protection system, which may have prevented the streets to become flooded. The continuing disaster could cost hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, repairs and lost tourist spending.

 
JetBlue Introduces New Cheap Seat Air Fares PDF Print E-mail


The airline announced that it now offers a new bare-bones fare class, Blue Basic. It doesn’t allow advanced seat selection nor to change or cancel a flight. You’ll board last and can only choose a seat during the check-in process, which begins 24 hours before the flight's departure.

Blue Basic passengers will have access to the airline's perks, including free Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks and seat-back television. You can bring carry-ons, and, as with most other classes of tickets, Blue Basic fliers must pay for checked baggage. The new low fares will vary by route, date and demand, so not all fares will be offered on all flights. www.jetblue.com

 
Use The Airport Restroom Before Boarding Your Flight PDF Print E-mail


Get to the airport early enough so your innards will be ok when it’s time to board. On a short flight, you won’t have to visit the teeny airplane john. Also, during a longer flight, you won’t need to hop up and down in the aisle while six people wait in line ahead of you at the onboard toilet.

 
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