United: This Time A CATastrophic PURRformance

Just when the harried airline thought all the unfriendly skies incidents were over, a new passenger dumping happened. It occurred aboard a United aircraft in Baltimore before take-off to Chicago.

When she was scheduled to go aboard, the woman told the desk clerk that she was seriously allergic to cats. Once aboard, she noted a cat with another passenger seated several rows away. The distraught woman asked an attendant to be seated far away.

Her complaint angered the attendant, and suddenly the passenger was escorted off the flight by two TSA agents. Later, there were explanations, excuses and United did get the woman on another flight. However, this latest incident of bad publicity makes it appear that United did the nasty deed on PURRPUSS.

Holy WOW! $89 One-Way Flight NYC To Iceland PDF Print E-mail

It’s a fantastic price for an overseas flight on WOW Airlines, but if it appeals to you, be sure to check all the ifs and buts when booking. The price is for a limited time, and the number of available seats per flight is also limited. Figure in extras, such as taxes and baggage fees.

Also, check cost of connecting flights from Iceland to other European destinations, as well as return flight schedules and prices. For more info, go to wow.air and www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2018/01/16/sale-wow-air-rolls-out-89-one-way-fare-europe-whats-catch

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada: Just An Hour From Las Vegas PDF Print E-mail

Many senior tourists who visit Las Vegas choose the Grand Canyon for a side trip. However, it’s 270 miles away, requiring five hours to drive or expensive helicopter trip. You can see similar brilliant sights at the Valley of Fire, just an hour’s drive from Sin City.

Nevada’s largest state park, the Valley of Fire offers hiking, nature-sculpted brilliant rock art and desert wildlife. With the spring season starting just about now, you’ll be surrounded by miles and miles of colorful wildflowers in bloom. Be sure to be ready to record all the glory on your smartphone, camera or Baby Brownie.

Erie PA: Who Let The Cat Out Of The Bag? PDF Print E-mail

At the local airport, a TSA security inspector actually did let a cat out of a bag. The owners had packed her in a checked suitcase for a two-hour flight. Fortunately, the cat survived after treatment at a local SPCA.

A reminder of when you fly with a pet. Check with your airline first for instructions. Always keep your pet on a leash. The busy airport is often very busy with sudden noises that could cause the animal to panic and run away.

Carry your small pet through the metal detector or walk the larger one on a leash. If your pet triggers an alarm, an officer will require a closer look. Pets are not screened with the body scanners. If your pet is traveling in a portable kennel, a TSA inspector will screen it for prohibited items.

Las Vegas NV: Save Money While Gambling It Away PDF Print E-mail

In many Sin City casinos and elsewhere around the world, gamblers at tables and slot machines are served free booze, snacks and other goodies. Of course, it isn’t that the casino bosses are kindhearted. They figure the more plastered you get, the less you’ll be able to make sensible bets.

So, when you see servers wandering in your area, ask for the free drinks and other items they’re handing out. Figure that if you take advantage of the offers five or six times a day, you can save $50 or more. Be sure to tip a buck per drink.

Venice Beach CA: You Can Still Feel Jim Morrison's Doors Vibes PDF Print E-mail

The sunny, sandy beach town is the perfect place to spend some late winter days and nights. January temperatures are mid-60s days and mid-50s nights. Welcome springtime in February when it’s low-70s days and mid-60s nights. Great for walking the beach, splashing the surf and biking the venerable boardwalk.

The restaurant and hotel scenes are great, and the music fantastic. Venice Beach is where the rock band, the Doors, was born and created by Morrison 50 years ago. The town is just 20 minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown.


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