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.
The busiest airport in the world is Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta. Atlanta is a major hub and they have planes taking off and landing every 30 seconds.
October is Plan a Cruise Month, with good deals on cruises. The best place to go is to a cruise agent. This is a specialist who books cruises. Cruise specialists often cruise themselves and have great insights on where to go at your destination and what are the best cruises. Also, check out CruiseCritic.com. They have great last minute deals at up to 85% off.
Johnny Jet says that Google has a new site called Google Arts and Culture which has street views of our national parks. Leo says it's like going on a virtual vacation.
App - Soothe on Demand Massage. It's a massage delivered to you within an hour, and it's legit. Book by the hour. Couples massages and prenatal massages as well. Apps for Android/iOS.
Little Jet is just a month away and Johnny and Natalie are busy with parental workshops. So things are getting very exciting.
This weeks' website - PetChatz. It's essentially Ring Central or Skype for Pets, where you can talk to your pet. You can even train them to use it to call you, and it will release a treat as a reward. $379. Leo says he used to have one, but returned it because his dog ignored it.
Johnny Jet's app this week is also a website - Go Euro. It will give you the best options for traveling around Europe. Johnny says it's a simple interface that gives you every option for traveling around Europe.
New travel product - The LuMee Illuminated Cellphone Case. It's great for selfies, but don't bring a selfie stick. Many parks and museums have banned them.
This week's website - HostelZ.com. This lists 46,000 hostels in 7,000 cities. It's the Kayak of Hostels.
This week's App - All Set Now. This is dining for people who don't have time to eat out. It's partnered with 200 restaurants in San Francisco and New York. You order and pay for your meal and then tell them when you're coming. They'll seat you and bring out your meal right away. It's available on Android/iOS.
Johnny says that the US has banned all Turkish Airlines traffic into the US because on top of the attempted coup, passengers have been able to board without being screened. Johnny says that if you're left stranded, you can try and have your ticket reissued through one of Turkish Airlines' partner airlines. Absent that, you'll eventually get a refund on your ticket, so you can buy another ticket with a discount airline to get you out of Turkey. Or you can take a boat to Greece, or even a train. The best thing to do if you're trapped in Turkey is to lay low.
Johnny Jet is in Hawaii this week.
Website of the week: Review Skeptic. A site dedicated to figuring out whether reviews are legit. It's based on research from Cornell University and boasts a 90% accuracy rate. You basically copy the review into the Review Skeptic site and then it will test it as to whether it is legit or not.
Johnny and his wife Natalie are hanging out in Hawaii this week. Today he's talking about Brexit and how the UK leaving the EU will affect travel. He says there won't be much change for about two years, but it has lowered the cost of travel in the short run to the UK. But it will affect flyers who use Irish carriers like Ryan Air, since Ireland could opt to stay in the EU.