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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?

Warning: Phony Robocalls Target Senior Travelers PDF Print E-mail


Despite phone company and government promises to block the phony calls, more robocall scams are now happening than ever before. The obvious reason is that the thieves are taking advantage of all the latest tech ways of breaking into phone and smartphone systems.

Shockingly, according to a recent article in USA Today and FCC reports, 2.4 billion robocalls are made each month. That’s seven per person, although some of our angry senior readers claim they get that amount of annoying interruptions every hour of every day.

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Flying Wings: Welcome Back, Wilbur & Orville PDF Print E-mail


Looking much like the Wright brothers’ early 1900s flying bi-wing, Google’s Larry Page expects to soon introduce an all-electric simple flying machine. In honor of the brothers, he calls it the Kitty Hawk Flyer. It resembles a hybrid of small helicopter and drone, and a bit like the Jetsons' vehicle.

However, it won’t be allowed to land in busy roads. The small two-seater aircraft will be authorized to fly over water and away from busy commercial air traffic. When the Kitty Hawk Flyer is government approved, pilots can soar anywhere in the air, but must take off and land on lakes, rivers and at friendly seashore docks.

 
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Tulip Time Is Here! PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor had the great fortune to be in Amsterdam on May Day several years ago. Throughout the city, the flower markets bloomed with all varieties of spring colors. The most glorious were the famous Dutch tulips, and we enjoyed a great weekend of strolling, shopping and dining.

Even more enlightening was a short bus trip from the city to the famed Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse. We knew what sights we were about to experience while viewing miles of tulip fields along the highway before arriving at the Gardens.

The brilliant red, white, yellow and blue blossoms created an surrealistic landscape. At the Gardens, there are also exhibits of other flower species and varieties of natural plant life. For scheduled programs at the Gardens, bus, train, fees, on-site dining and other info, go to keukenhof.nl/en

 
10 Tips On Protecting Valuables While Traveling PDF Print E-mail


There are many ways to safeguard personal items while roaming the world. Most are simple actions we take wherever we are. Then, when on the road, at sea or in the air, we merely need to practice those basics with maximum attention to surroundings and need for personal safety.

1. Your credit card is one of your most valuable possessions. It's not only because you can use it instead of carrying large sums of cash, but in the wrong hands, a stolen credit card can cost you dearly. Use it only when absolutely sure of its security, as when paying for air travel and hotels.

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Los Angeles CA: 155th Cinco de Mayo Celebration PDF Print E-mail


Marking the battle in 1862 when the rag-tag Mexican army beat the mighty French forces at the Battle of Puebla de Los Angeles. That little town was in Mexico, but one of this year’s most popular celebrations of the event is in another, slightly larger City of the Angels, several hundred miles up the Pacific Coast.

The event is called Fiesta Broadway, and celebration is a week earlier, on Sunday April 30. It’s the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the USA, produced by All Access Entertainment. The festival is held in the city’s downtown, along Broadway and the large City Hall Plaza.

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