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Old 08-21-2017, 09:57 PM
 
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We are usually preselected to go through security without having to take our shoes off. Once you are over 68, I think this becomes pretty standard. This speeds up going through TSA. I've traveled many times, and I've not had problems recently with how I have been treated. A number of years ago, yes. But in the last 10 years, not so much.
Does one go to a TSA office at an airport and fill out a form to get 'preselected to go through security without taking your shoes off'? Or is the form available online and one can take the form to an airport TSA office?
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Does one go to a TSA office at an airport and fill out a form to get 'preselected to go through security without taking your shoes off'? Or is the form available online and one can take the form to an airport TSA office?
Get TSA PreCheck. $85 for five years. Info at the TSA web site. If you fly internationally, get Global Entry. It also gets you PreCheck and facilitates reentry into the US.
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Old 08-22-2017, 05:45 PM
 
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My Dad always tried to get me interested in getting my own license but it never really clicked for me. Now, had I hit the jackpot on a pre-IPO start up, perhaps I might have gotten a bit more interested in it.

I don't like flying when someone else is in the cockpit.

I'd do it all the time had I hit an IPO, gotten a multi engine jet rating, and could fly me / DW up above the weather.
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:15 AM
 
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We usually fly Southwest to avoid changing schedule and luggage fees and generally have a tolerable experience, mainly with 2-4 hour flights within the US. We arrive early to avoid stress, carry essentials with us but check the rest. Try to travel light. We generally get assigned TSA Precheck (age?) now which is so helpful.

We bring our own cushy headphones to watch movies or whatever, and they definitely block out shrieking kids or other noises (adults can be worse).

No more red eye flights for me, even when we book a hotel for that night and go directly there upon arrival for perhaps a short nap or a shower. Just makes me feel too icky as I don't sleep well on planes.

On our last 8 hour foreign flight I watched 3 movies in a row on our way home as I was actually too exhausted to read my book. The time did pass by.

We always get direct flights when available even if we pay more - well worth it.

We noticed people do not recline their seats so much anymore as the space is so tight it really infringes on the person behind you. I am 5'5' and my knees have very little clearance from the seat ahead of me.

If you are older, wear compression knee socks to avoid swelling and change into slippers for long flights. We don't have any major circulation issues but we do move our feet and lower legs in small exercises throughout the flight to avoid clots.

Flying used to be fun decades ago but no more. My parents would always dress up - Dad in a suit - back in the day! Now it is a cattle call so we just keep our cool and pray we have quiet people around us.
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:55 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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One problem with flying in retirement, you may get sick and recovering time may not be quick. My husband caught something in our last trip. It's been 3 weeks since. He is slowly recovering from that cold or flu. He might get flu shots next year. Maybe our immune system is not as strong as when we were younger.
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Old 08-23-2017, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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I got sick in Hong Kong and I mean sick. I thought they were going to quarantine me on the plane, and this was during SARS.

I am always fully vaccinated when traveling anywhere to minimize the possibility and it's the only time I regularly use hand santitizer.

Even flying to CONUS - cause they got lots of bugs we are not used to.
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