Showing posts with label airplane. Show all posts
Showing posts with label airplane. Show all posts

Jul 20, 2016

Biggest News in Travel Since Luggage Fees

Biggest News in Travel Since Luggage Fees



Newly passed air travel legislation is ‘an amazing win for consumers’

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill has been approved by Congress and this legislation would create:
a rule that directs the transportation secretary to establish a policy to allow children under age 13 “to be seated in a seat adjacent to the seat of an accompanying family member over the age of 13” at no additional cost.
a rule to require airlines to promptly and automatically refund “any ancillary fees” paid for checked baggage if it is delivered later than 12 hours after the arrival of a domestic flight or 15 hours for an international flight.

More information on the Bill here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-passes-faa-reauthorization-bill




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Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill (pdf)


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Mar 28, 2016

What Are the Rules For Gadgets On A Flight These Days Anyhow?

New Rules For Gadgets On The Plane


In recent months there is something missing when you board the plane, take your seat, and meet your flight crew. There is no more announcements to turn off all your electronic devices. That's right. Now you are able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on your devices during most phases of flight. Larger electronic devices such as laptops and tablets, books, and other loose items do need to be put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing. Phones can stay in your hands. FAA found, after a review, that personal electronic devices, such as your smartphone or tablet, will not interfere with a plane's functionality.

In- flight Travel Gadgets 
All phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular services disabled. FCC regulations prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. You can use Wi-Fi if your airline provides the service during flight. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards. For more info regarding airplane mode and your phone click here 7 Cool & Useful Things You Can Do With Airplane Mode
Otherwise, you can do just about anything that doesn't require data transfer on your smartphones and tablets. You can keep playing video games, watching movies, listening to music, and reading e-books as your plane takes off and lands.

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WiFi
That is of course if you have pre-download all these onto your gadget prior to take off. And also charged your device (Charge Your Gadget Before You Travel, Or Else). Airlines typically turn on access to onboard Wi-Fi once a flight reaches the cruising altitude of 10,000 feet. But using that Wi-Fi can be expensive and painfully slow. If airlines were to offer expanded Wi-Fi service, even during takeoff and landing, you likely still wouldn't be able to do things like stream videos from Netflix or download iPad games as that would be very expensive. Though if you don't mind spending some cash for access, you're free to post to Facebook or Twitter while in the air.

Exceptions
In rare instances of severe weather with low-visibility, as per FAA, the crew will instruct passengers to turn off their devices during landing.

Passenger reaction:

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am. I'm excited to be able to read books on my iPad the entire flight



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Mar 17, 2016

Airport Security - Gold Statues are Subject to Screening Too

Oscar in the bin going through screening


Image: Mashable

Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Lászlo Nemes, traveling home with his prize found out just how strict and non-discriminating TSA can be when screening travelers. He had to place his Oscar statue in a bin to be checked by TSA agents at the security gate. The Hungarian director received the award for the movie "Son of Saul."


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Oscar Winners 2016

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