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TSA: No More Must Flyers Bear Being Bare

Shy people going through airport screening can now breathe a collective sigh of relief. The Transportation Security Administration is giving up on the airport body scanners that expose virtually naked images.

TSA currently uses two types of airport scanners. The ones that show shadow images will continue to be in place, but the more intrusive x-ray versions are being phased out over the next several months.

Hopefully, it all means that travelers can maintain at least some remnants of modesty while being groped, prodded  and screened on the way to their flights.

Grand Princess: Cruise Los Angeles-Hawaii Round Trip PDF Print E-mail

As the weather turns chilly, 'tis the season for continuing sunny senior days and balmy nights at sea. Do it right by booking a 15-day Los Angeles to Hawaii and return cruise aboard the beautiful Grand Princess.

Departure is Thursday, December 4, and return Friday, December 19. Port visits include Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Hilo and Ensenada, Mexico. Prices, based on two in a cabin, start at $1,399, plus $145 added fees.

Hollywood CA: Hotel For Famed Tinseltown Ghosts PDF Print E-mail

In the mid-1950s, your travel4seniors.com senior editor worked on an afternoon daily newspaper, the Beverly Hills Citizen, now long gone. Since it opened in 1927, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, a mile or so from my office, was where movie stars romped.

It’s right across the street from Grauman's Chinese Theater (now TLC Chinese Theatre). However, today's stars rarely visit tacky, touristy Hollywood. They prefer to live and play in the hills of Beverly, Holmby and other posh communities west to the ocean in Malibu.

When at the hotel on news assignments, I recall bumping into Frederic March, Groucho, Yul Brynner, Irene Dunne, Judy Garland and many others. Once I may have glimpsed Marilyn Monroe, but she was in dark glasses, bundled up and gone so quickly, I've never been sure.

Haunt A National Battlefield On Halloween PDF Print E-mail

Many seniors are veterans of battles fought throughout the world, and still carry mental and physical scars of those tough times. This year, to add a serious note to the usual ghostly celebrations, consider making a pilgrimage to a memorial here in the USA.

There, you with family or friends, can mark the holiday with personal memories. You can also pay homage to those fellow veterans who fought and died there. Most American battlefields are administered by the National Park Service, and beautiful in autumn colors.

Bunker Hill MA: Despite what you heard in school, the battle was actually fought on nearby Breed’s Hill. As with other such stories, most are pure fiction. You’ll get the truth from park rangers when you visit. www.nps.gov/bost

Gettysburg PA: It was the pivotal battle of the Civil War, with the highest casualties. The location was made immortal a year later by Abraham Lincoln’s speech. www.nps.gov/gett

Seniors In The Air: No, No On Bad Jokes! PDF Print E-mail

On a recent flight, a self-appointed humorist told fellow passengers he had Ebola, then laughed and said he was just kidding. However, the pilot wasn’t kidding when he immediately returned to the airport and ordered a medical team in hazard suits. Result: A planeload of frightened, frustrated and delayed passengers, plus the jailed jokester faces legal, possible criminal charges.

We’re aware that many travel4seniors.com readers have spent responsible lifetimes in business, education and the military. Along with that serious career success, especially with ex-military, there’s often a creative sense of humor.

Beijing, China: Visit The National Museum of China PDF Print E-mail

The building complex in the capital city includes more than two million square feet of exhibits. They represent everything from prehistoric archeology to contemporary Chinese culture, as well as other examples of the world’s art, sculpture and design.

Located next to Tiananmen Square, the museum address is 16 East Chang’an Av., Dongcheng, Beijing 100006 PR China. Admission is free. For info and news about current and upcoming exhibits, go to en.chnmuseum.cn


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