Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1237 (1:10:38)

In light of yesterday's terrorist attacks in Paris, Johnny wanted to talk about what to do if you find yourself in a country that is experiencing widespread terror attacks. What do you do if you're caught in the middle? Johnny has been in the area of an attack twice, Mumbai and in New York for 911. First ... try and remain calm. You will be able to think if you're calm. Stay safe.

Leo says that Facebook has a great solution called Facebook Safety Check, for getting the word out to let your loved ones. All you have to do is click a button. But it has to know your location so it can advise you to check in. The US Government has a program called STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), which enables you to register with the State Department so in case of disaster, it gives you access to US Embassy services. They'll even contact you. Another option is to get to the embassy, or absent that, go to the Canadian Embassy.

During a disaster or attack, if you want to just come home early, most airlines will waive fees. But it pays to have good travel insurance for that to be safe.

Cross reference English government website for more information as well. Follow them on social media. FireChat helps when cell service is down as it uses peer to peer connections of mobile devices when internet connections or mobile data isn't working.