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.
Travel App of the Week - Photocard. Take pictures and then have them printed and sent to friends. Leo says that PhotoCard is the best for printing. The quality is 5x7 lamented. The creator Bill Atkinson is a professional photographer and he wanted the images to be professional grade. $1.50 to send inside the US, $2.25 outside the US. Email them for free. There's also some great help videos for the more advanced features and they're done by Leo! There's also PosterGram, which is similar. .99 each.
Another App - Cozy Family. It's a simple family organizer.
Johnny Jet says that Global Entry has gotten so popular that it's almost as long as the regular TSA lines. The next best thing is Mobile Passport by the US Government. It's an app for iOS and Android that allows you to have your passport data in your mobile phone -- and it's free. Once you land, you turn on your phone and hit submit on the phone and you have four hours to clear through customs. It's a great alternative and cuts down on the waiting times.