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Washington DC: Washington Monument Reopens PDF Print E-mail

Closed for three years and millions of bucks of upgrades and new security facilities, you can now visit the iconic structure. Of course, to get in you’ll have to pass thru all kinds of new bleeps and clicks.

You can now ride the upgraded elevators and/or hike the 897 steps to the top at 555 feet. Starting October 10, you can order free tickets for tours beginning October 19. The monument is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and daily except December 25. For more info, www.npr.org/2019/09/19/761868410/our-long-3-year-wait-is-over-the-washington-monument-reopens

Hong Kong: Political Activists Negatively Affect Tourism PDF Print E-mail

Protesting mobs continue to disrupt everything in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Of course, the marchers may have legitimate reasons to protest, but their actions hurt local commerce more than the Chinese administration. If your future travel plans include Hong Kong, keep in daily touch with breaking news. Then consider changing or cancelling your visit.

Los Angeles CA: Delta Cameras Now Scan Flyer Faces PDF Print E-mail

Soon to spread to other airports, the airline now uses electronic recognition tech at Los Angeles International. Cameras help in ID procedures on passengers, so far, at one boarding gate.

The sneaky system by Delta has been criticized by Greenpeace, MoveOn and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. There's talk of seeking a federal ban of the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies. They insist the faces recorded by the cameras can be stored and used to violate privacy. So, next time you board at LAX, offer a sunny smile or petty pout.

Survey Says These Are The Worst U.S. Airports PDF Print E-mail

Website maxim.com lists the ten: Luis Muñoz Marín Puerto Rico, Houston Hobby, Cleveland Hopkins, Armstrong New Orleans, Laguardia NYC, SW Florida Ft. Myers, Detroit Wayne County, Ft. Lauderdale FL, Orlando FL and Chicago Midway.

Reasons for the negative votes are familiar. Lack of cleanliness, long lines, employee incompetence, inefficient facilities, few restaurants, overpriced shops and much more. Internet criticism listings are unlimited on the subject, depending on many factors. Of course, a senior traveler may have a bad experience at the best airport, as well as a satisfying one at the worst.

It all depends on weather, traffic, security and, of course, having a lucky or unlucky day. However, the bottom line is that most of us don’t have much choice in airports. We can’t fly from the best ones if they’re hundreds or thousands of miles away. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we usually must fly in and out of our hometown field. So, have a safe, satisfying next flight! For more info, www.maxim.com/news/best-and-worst-airports-in-america

London GB: World’s Longest Cruise Will Be For Almost A Year PDF Print E-mail

The Viking Sun set sail recently from England along with its happy passengers for 245 days. There are scheduled port visits in Scandinavia, the Caribbean, South America, South Pacific, Australia and Asia.

Your travel4seniors.com editor recalls his year-long cruise in 1944-45 from San Francisco, including scenic stops at the Philippine Islands of Leyte, Samar and Luzon. Except that some angry guys were trying to kill me, I enjoyed most of the cruise as a 19-year-old crewman on a World War 2 U.S. Navy troop transport.

It included free meals, lodging and $150 a month spending money. Incidentally, the Viking Sun voyage fees start at a mere $92,990 per person, including free meals and shore excursions.


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