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.
Word on the street is that employees on British Airways are threatening to strike over Christmas, and if they do, it will pay to have a backup plan.
The Wynn Las Vegas is planning to put the Amazon Echo in all 4900 rooms. The Marriott was the first to do it. The future seems to be voice activation.
Travel App of the week - PassportBooth for Android and iOS. It has tips on how to take your own passport photos with your smartphone, print them, or send them to a local printer to print.
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.
This week's app is Air Mule. Think of it as Uber for package shipping, as travelers use their spare luggage space to shop items. $40 for up to 5 pounds. If you have extra space in your luggage, you can rent it to people needing something shipped. Packages can be delivered internationally within 24-72 hours.
Website: Vaccine.org. Find out where to get a flu shot near you. Usually a local pharmacy.
Johnny Jet says that when you meet people while traveling, friending them on Facebook is a great way to stay in touch.
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.
Johnny says if you're planning to travel over Thanksgiving, the key is flexibility. Try a day or two before and after Thanksgiving, or if you have to fly on Thanksgiving day, fly in the afternoon. You'll get better deals than in the morning. When you search, don't put in the time of day. You'll get far more choices and better prices that way. Fly from alternate airports, which could be cheaper to fly into. Check out Google Flights first. Then go to the airline directly. Johnny Jet also has his own search tool.
Johnny Jet says that when you're traveling and need Wi-Fi, one hack is to walk into the lounge and request a day pass, then look around for a sign that offers the Wi-Fi password. If you don't buy the day pass, at least you have free Wi-Fi. Check out this website that offers websites for all Wi-Fi passwords in airports around the world. Or use a service provider that allows free overseas data like T-Mobile. Google Fi is also another option.
This week, Johnny Jet took a trip for the first time since his wife had their baby and he thought it was very weird. The news this week was that the FAA had banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on any flight, passenger or cargo.
Website of the week - oyster.com. This site has real photos of hotels all around the world with expert reviews, not perfectly coiffed and faked photos.
With the election coming, if you're traveling during the election, check out VoteFromAbroad.org. If you're not going to be around, you can vote by mail and this site will help you request your ballot ahead of time. But you have to do it now or you may run out of time.