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TSA: No More Must Flyers Bear Being Bare


Shy people going through airport screening can now breathe a collective sigh of relief. The Transportation Security Administration is giving up on the airport body scanners that expose virtually naked images.

TSA currently uses two types of airport scanners. The ones that show shadow images will continue to be in place, but the more intrusive x-ray versions are being phased out over the next several months.

Hopefully, it all means that travelers can maintain at least some remnants of modesty while being groped, prodded  and screened on the way to their flights.

Q: Should We Take Our First Trip To Sinful Las Vegas? PDF Print E-mail


My spouse and I both retired from teaching last year, and for religious and other reasons have never gambled in a casino. We’re invited to speak at a convention at Caesars Palace next month. We’re tempted, but…. What do you suggest? TRMcD, Ogden UT

A: Unless your religion expressly forbids it, go to the convention. Of course, its called Sin City, but there are countless other things to do in Las Vegas besides gambling, and many are free. For example, check out Fountain Shops and art displays at Caesars, as well as downtown Fremont Street where there are nightly sky-filled lights, music and huge projected images.

There’s the Conservatory at the Bellagio Resort, with beautiful blooming trees and flowers, huge aquarium at the Silverton Resort and interactive art museums at the Cosmopolitan and City Center. And don’t miss the Statue of Liberty at New York New York and Grand Canal at the Venetian. And, if you have the time and interest, there’s much more to enjoy.

 
Bangkok, Thailand: New Super High Rise Makes Debut PDF Print E-mail


If your travel plans include visiting the enjoyable Asian capital, be sure to experience the new Iconsiam. The super-modern building features nearly two million feet of upscale luxury department stores, restaurants, entertainment and 379 luxury skytop condos.

More continuing developments of the building complex along the city’s Chao Phraya include an IMAX movie theater, museum, gardens, art exhibits and many other innovations.

 
Make Virgin Space Flight Your Ultimate Senior Journey PDF Print E-mail


You’re old, and you’ve seen it all from Bangkok to Bermuda to Brussels, and you don’t have much more time left on this planet called Earth. So, what the hell! Sign up for a 2019 space flight with Virgin Galactic’s SS2.

After a training program, the 90-minute trip will carry crew and passengers 50,000 feet into Earth’s stratosphere. Ticket prices are a mere $250,000 each, but think of it as what a way for a seasoned senior to go heavenward while undeserving relatives get fewer inheritance bucks!

 
Treat All Travel-Related Unsolicited And Robo Calls As Scams PDF Print E-mail


When you pick up the phone, there’s a friendly voice, and it frequently begins with: How are you today? For your travel4seniors.com editor, the immediate reply is a loud curse and quick slam of the phone. That’s the safest way to protect yourself from being robbed.

However, if you cluelessly decide to listen, as millions of senior suckers do, the voice offers all kinds of goodies, often including that you’ve just won a free cruise. Of course, you should then realize the wise old saying: there’s no such thing as a free ocean ride.

The next step in the scam is requiring you to send in your credit card and other personal info. That’s when you’ve foolishly set yourself up for online robbery. Whenever you plan a voyage, always deal directly with the cruise line or a trusted travel agency.

 
Driverless Taxis Waymo Introduced On City Streets PDF Print E-mail


It had to happen sooner or later! With all the hoopla about automatic cars on the roads, soon you’ll be able to hail, hop on and hop off a driverless taxi. It could happen in a city wherever your future travel schedule takes you. As with Uber and Lyft, you’ll call with your smartphone app and go for a ride.

And just maybe, the inventors of the new taxis will add familiar features from traditional taxis to ease your ride. Such as: When you tell the automatic driver your destination, you must speak in a foreign language of taxi driver’s origin, such as Brazilian, Swahili or Mogadishu. Also, from the back seat, you’ll smell the automatic driver’s unwashed odor of sweat, flatulence, garlic, wine, chili or week-old fishcakes.

When you enter the Waymo cab, it will automatically take you on the longest and most expensive round-about route. And if you ride on a busy traffic evening to a downtown restaurant or theater, the pumped-up tab will be double the daytime rate. Finally a question: How much do you tip a non-human driver?

 
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