Johnny Jet's son Jack is about to take his first flight, and it requires a passport. How exciting!
The latest on travel ban: Four government subsidized airlines flying from the middle east cannot bring electronic devices, other than a phone, in the cabin. All other gear must be checked when flying into the United States because of concerns of terrorism. Delta, American and United, on the other hand, aren't subject to this ban. Johnny Jet says business travelers like himself get their work done on those long flights, so the ban is going to be problematic.
App of the week - ZocDoc. When you need a doctor, this app can find you one anywhere in the US and let you know if they take your insurance. You can even make an appointment through the app.
Site of the week - On the Snow. If you love skiing, this is the site for you. Sign up for the powder alert newsletter, see snow totals, and see webcams.
Travel Tip of the week - Keep a photocopy and a scan of your passport. You can keep it up on Evernote.
This week's website .... Award Hacker. It let's you figure out how to use frequent flyer miles, and what programs work best.
This week's app ... Memrise. How to learn a language while you're playing a game. iOS and Android. Learn five new words a day.
Travel Tip of the week - If there's a weather issue like a snowstorm or volcano, and you can't get through to your airline call center, jump on skype and call the international number. You'll likely be put right through.
Fly from the US to Ireland on Norwegian Airlines for $65 one way from New York. That doesn't include bag fees though. If you can travel lightly, it can be a great deal, just make sure to read the fare rules. The devil is in the details.
Website of the week - The Earth Awaits. If you want to live overseas, this will tell you where you can live according to your budget.
Travel Deal of the Week: Singapore Airlines is offering round trip from LA to Tokyo for $1900 business class. Hong Kong $592 Coach.
Site of the week: Human trafficking has become a serious issue around the world, with over 24 million living in slavery worldwide. So airlines are starting to train their staff to look for tell tale signs that human trafficking is using airlines to transport children for human trafficking. Check out this website - AirlineAMB.Org.
This week's deal - American Airlines roundtrip to Sydney for $750. It's even better if you can do an overnight stop in Hawaii, Fiji, etc.
Travel site of the week - JoeyTravel.com. Meet a local for a drink and pick their brain about the city. Johnny says it's a great idea and if you're a local, you can make a little money.
New app - Tunity. Listen to the audio for any TV that's been muted. Great for being in lounges and bars where you can't really listen to the audio. iOS and Android. All you need to do is use your camera to sync with the video image and Tunity will give you the audio for it. You can even fine tune the sync.
Johnny Jet has family in for the holidays and today's conversation is about mobile phones on the plane. The Department of Transportation is finally going to start allowing people to use their mobile phones on the plane. Leo says technological issues have never been why he's against that, but because people will keep talking loudly on the flight and it'll be even more annoying to fly. Johnny Jet says that VOIP is becoming very popular since in-air Wi-Fi has become very fast and reliable. Johnny says that it'll be left to the airlines to decide if it happens, and it won't be for a few years.
Website of the day: Flight Aware. This site will tell you how often a flight is on time and how long the trip actually is. Johnny says to stay away from regional jets during the holidays. They have different rules, and Johnny says they aren't as safe as major carriers. Even flying out of regional or smaller airports, you can usually get a flight on a major carrier.