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JetBlue brings aboard former NYC cops in blue

This has nothing to do with the JetBlue attendant who went ballistic on a flight when a passenger hit him with her carry-on bag. However, don't be surprised if the burly flight attendant on your next JetBlue flight is a former New York City police officer or firefighter.

According to the Wall Street Journal, over its ten-year history, JetBlue has hired many former New York City cops and firefighters. These employees are among the best of the airline’s mature and reliable workers. Many of the veteran JetBlue flight attendants are fully-qualified EMTs, and came to the job with years of real-life experience in security, emergency procedures and working under stressful condtions.

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Fido Rides The Speedy Hawg: Good Idea? PDF Print E-mail


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.

 

 
Q: Are All Travel Ads And Customer Testimonials Fake? PDF Print E-mail


After seeing exciting ads for a seaside resort hotel, we booked a weekend. In the ads, it showed happy visitors enjoying lush rooms, pool, beach and dining in fancy restaurants. Actually, for us the hotel was old and dirty, the food awful and the beach worse. How can we avoid this kind of rip-off? PLJ, NYC

A: Take all big-promise TV, smartphone and print travel ads with caution. Like the miracle drugs, fancy cars and other flowery product ads that are endlessly repeated, most is exaggerated promotion. Before you book, check several independent websites such as TripAdvisor that sensibly review travel destinations.

 
Big Brother Taking Over: Airports Now Face Scanning PDF Print E-mail


Next time you walk through the airport doors, garage or sidewalk, you won’t see them. But dozens of electronic eyes will be following every move, especially as you’re finally lined up at security when boarding your flight. And as the technology gets more and more advanced, those all-seeing eyes will not only scan your face and figure.

They’ll also be able to use that new info instantly to merge with stored visual impulses and texts about you. First, of course, is the search of face and/or figure to seek a match of those of known criminals. There’s particular emphasis on images that may have a history of terrorism or members of terrorist organizations.

Those who fit any of the images will be detained for more detailed security examination, and possible arrest. So, senior wanderer, next time you go into an airport, always wear an innocent smile and carry only approved stuff on you and in your baggage.

 
Buffets Are Yummy, But Watch Your Tummy PDF Print E-mail


Enjoying cruise ships, resorts, casinos and other lush destinations often involves all-you-can-eat meals. Some seasoned travelers jump in and stuff themselves with many more calories than they normally consume.

Especially for older people with tender stomachs, it can be a bad idea, and turn a fun vacation into painful sickness. Additionally, gobbling up more than you eat in normal meals at home can cause medical problems, especially if you try unfamiliar dishes with exotic ingredients. Additionally, because buffet food sits on display for hours, spoilage can be potential for even more serious physical problems.

Therefore, when your journey involves tempting displays of all-you-can-scarf foods, take it easy on the amount you take, and be sure what you eat is fresh and clean. Also a helpful tip from your travel4seniors.com editor. At a buffet, instead of stuffing myself, I eat a modest amount. Wearing a coat with lots of pockets, I then wrap and sneak out with some choice foods for a later free midnight snack and/or next-day lunch.

 
Help My Aging Mind And Body Cope With Long Flights PDF Print E-mail


Q: I need to fly frequently, but as I get older the ordeal becomes more and more uncomfortable, both physically and mentally. I still have another five years of frequent business travel before I retire. Any suggestions on how I can cope? MJMcC, Portland OR

A: Try meditation. Block out aircraft noise, confusion and discomfort. Look for local services that teach the ancient practice, and/or scan online meditation websites for instructions. There are also basic ways to pass the long flight time with smartphones and other portable electronics in your ears and eyes. Fill them with prerecorded books, music and videos. And don’t forget to bring a brimmed hat or cap you can pull down over your eyes to blot out the crowded, noisy aisles and seats around you.

 
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