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Do you want your privacy (and privates) exposed to airport X-rays?

Do you want to bare it all the next time you fly? A new security X-ray device, called the Backscatter, was recently installed in Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Much more sensitive than all previous scanners, it shows security screeners an almost naked X-ray image of your entire body. The device has since been installed in other airports throughout the US.

There have been many complaints since the device was used in tests, primarily because the X-ray image was too graphic for some sensibilities. Now, according to Sky Harbor officials, the image views have been "adjusted" to show less than the nude image. What will they do ... use fig leaves?

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What To Do If Your Flight Is Stuck On The Tarmac PDF Print E-mail


A recent airport incident created passenger health challenges when their flight was delayed for more than three hours. Worse, the on-board air conditioning was turned off. Finally, the flight was cancelled after many passengers suffered severe heat exhaustion and required hospital care.

What should you do if long tarmac delays happen on your next flight? The best way to avoid problems is to keep calm, stay in your seat and restrict physical activities. Also sip water or juice to keep your mouth and throat lubricated. And if you’re religious, a silent prayer could help.

 
Teeny Airline Toilets Are Getting Even Teenier PDF Print E-mail


According to The London Sun, American Airlines is earning more than $500 million a year by reducing the size of on-board toilets, thus adding more seats in the already-jammed passenger compartments. As if sitting for hours squeezed into the tiny cheap seats isn’t uncomfortable enough. What’s next: straps hanging from the aircraft ceiling, so that the lowest-class passengers will have to stand throughout flights?

 
Q: Do Online Travel Sites Really Get You The Best Prices? PDF Print E-mail


I recently bought an online deal for a Vegas hotel of $120 a night. But when I checked in, the clerk said because I was a senior, I could’ve paid just $99. Are those sites giving out wrong info to make money? MCJ, Atlanta GA

A: Of course online agencies exist to earn money. Sometimes their prices are lower than booking direct with hotels. It’s a matter of timing, season, special promotions and other ever-changing factors. When checking in, always ask the clerk if that’s the best price. Of course, also mention you're a senior, frequent visitor and/or other positive fact. Chances are, you’ll get a lower price and/or other benefits, such as larger rooms, free meals and entertainment.

 
Los Angeles: 92-Year-Old Man Beaten While On Daily Walk PDF Print E-mail


According to the LA Times, his offense was accidentally brushing into a gang member on a crowded city sidewalk. Hit many times with a brick, he’s now in the hospital with a concussion, broken cheekbone and multiple bruises.

Your travel4seniors.com editor is the same age, and I hike along city streets twice a day. Not beaten yet, but I’ve been confronted by gangbangers, homeless, mentally ill and other potential sudden enemies. My advice to elderly travelers and other walkers is to avoid trouble in your wanderings. Stay in well-traveled areas and avoid after-dark hikes on city streets.

If you’re in a city area, whether New York, Tokyo or Rome, with a reputation for possible attack, protect yourself. Be sure you have a charged smartphone handy and carry a small can of pepper spray. Also, if age is slowing you down, do your walks with at least one younger companion.

 
Southwest Airlines Stops Serving Peanuts On Flights PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor has enjoyed flying SW for more than 50 years. And one airborne ritual has always been trying to pry open those little foil bags to get the few peanuts inside.

Now, because of frequent problems by passengers who are allergic to peanuts, SW won’t ever serve them again. Of course, there will be other, allergy-free snacks available, hopefully easier to unwrap.
www.cnn.com/travel/article/southwest-airlines-no-more-peanuts/index

 
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