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Airport Security Future: No More Touchie-Feelie?


According to a recent USA Today article, an advanced security system will take over at airports within the next decade.

Instead of passengers required to be body-searched by human TSA agents, remove clothing and endure other current inconveniences, they’ll just need to walk through an electronic corridor. Super-sensitive scanners will make all the necessary observations as they pass.

Along with allowing passenger boarding comfort, the state-of-the-art system is expected to be much more efficient than the current manual one. It will be better capable of detecting illegal, as well as potentially dangerous, items hidden on passenger bodies, clothing and carry-ons.

Frontier Airlines Fined $1.5 Million For Snow Delays PDF Print E-mail


The DOT beancounters hit the airline with the hefty punishment for incidents at Denver International Airport last winter. The fine may seem somewhat questionable, because it happened during a heavy snowstorm in the Rocky Mountain State.

Scores of flights were delayed, and the airline had to hold back take-offs for more than three snowy hours. Instead of allowing passengers to return to the comfort of the airport lounge, they had to sit in the grounded flights during those waiting winter hours.

Questions for future senior Frontier fliers: How will the airline make up for the heavy DOT fines they had to pay for last winter's offense? Do you think future Frontier ticket price increases will require a blizzard of cold cash from your pocket?

 
Fidel: Are We Getting Some Bad Vibes From You? PDF Print E-mail


If you’re planning a trip to Cuba in the coming months, be aware of the possible closing of the U.S. Embassy in Havana. According to the U.S. State Dept., recent mysterious electronic sounds seriously damaged the health of some American employees in the embassy.

It hasn’t yet been reported whether the sounds were accidental or intentionally pumped in to injure the victims. This comes just as relations between the two unfriendly nations were improving to the point where visitors from the U.S. could visit Cuba as freely as they can other nations. If you have travel plans, stay in touch with developing news about the problem.

 
Caution: Scamming Via Internet Is Big Business PDF Print E-mail


And it gets bigger all the time as suckers continue to fall for increasingly more sophisticated rip-offs. Of course, there is considerable dishonesty in the travel business. For example, many of today’s legit ads on TV and internet are also untrue, i.e. $99.99 flights, cash-back car sales, lawyers and miracle drugs.

However, the worst of them simply steal your money, and many seniors fall for the scam. When you receive a phone call or an email about winning a sweepstakes offering an all-expenses-paid vacation package, it’s always phony. Promising you free trip to Las Vegas, Hawaii or cruising the Caribbean sounds fantastic. But, before you respond, do some reality thinking. How could you win a sweepstakes you didn’t enter?

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Monte Carlo, Monaco: Pretend You're A Senior James Bond PDF Print E-mail


Mix Beverly Hills, Malibu and Las Vegas. Give it a French accent and you'll have Monaco. It's a one-mile-square principality on the Riviera, surrounded by France and the Mediterranean.

See where Vegas got the glitzy gambling idea at the 170-year-old, elegant Monte Carlo Casino. Envision yourself rubbing shoulders at the gambling tables with international royalty, European billionaires and some shady James Bond types.

The famous auto race, the Grand Prix of Monaco, runs every year in May. If you want to experience the race route, rent a car or hire a cab to ride over the winding seaside route at speeds much safer as the real event.

Have lunch in the garden of Le Grill Restaurant at the Hotel de Paris. Be aware that the hotel, meals, entertainment and everything else in Monte Carlo is very expensive. However, if you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience as a pretend member of traditional, espionage or money royalty, the posh city and views are well worth it.

 
Cancun, Mexico: U.S. State Dept. Says Danger Lurks PDF Print E-mail


If your autumn travel schedules include visits to some South of the Border cities, consider the growing gang violence in certain areas. According to the Los Angeles Times and other news sources, the US government warns that the traditional senior tropical destination of Cancun is dangerous for visitors.

The city is on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, with tropical coastal beaches and lush hotels welcoming visitors. However, the growing drug gang violence in the area should be a warning to seniors who vacation there.

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