Nearly 150 container ships off the coast of the Port of Los Angeles are waiting for entry to offload their cargo, in spite of increased efforts to clear the backload. Some are quarantined with crew infections of Covid, but mostly, it's the Port of LA straining to keep up with unprecedented demand. Ships are being docked and unloaded at record speed, but the ships just keep coming, prompting a backlog that isn't going to abate any time soon.
Johnny is back from a desert getaway at a VRBO home. VRBO stands for Vacation Rental By Owner, but they go by "Verbo." They stayed at Anthony Bourdain's vacation house. They visited Palm Springs, Joshua Tree Forest, and Pioneer Ghost Town.
Apple has announced that employees will continue to work from home until the beginning of 2022 due to the resurgence of the Delta variant. Additionally, Apple Stores will remain on limited hours.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about the Florida couple who got arrested for trying to use fake covid vaccination cards to enter into the state. In other news, while the vaccine is the best option for combatting Covid, you may still get it. That's what happened to his dad. But he's recovering. In other news, Johnny says that the New Haven airport is a good option to avoid flying into New York, now that they're taking larger planes like 737s.
Dickie D joins Leo to talk about how you can protect your Vaccination card after you get the shot. Here are a few ideas:
Here are two options from Amazon:
This 4" x 3" Inch Record Cards Protector comes with a clip that can be used without any additional accessories. Simple to use and small, it allows you to easily show your CDC records Card at airlines and travel ports for quick entry. This badge holder is 0.8mm thick, thicker than others I've seen. 5/$9.00 approx $1.80. This price can change at any time! Actually, on 5/1/21 it's dropped $2.00 to $6.99.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about his most recent flight, which he was forced to postpone because his Wife has had a bad reaction to her second vaccine. In other news, Johnny says that because rental cars are so limited in inventory and expensive, people are opting to rent an RV instead and use it instead of a hotel.
Citing the Covid-19 pandemic and a changing business landscape, electronics retailer Fry's has announced it will be closing down. The drawdown has begun this week and after 36 years, the retailer will close forever.
There's a lot going on in Travel News these days. President Biden signed a mask mandate and all travelers have to wear a mask while on a plane. With this mandate, if a flyer refuses to wear a mask, they can be arrested and fined $30,000 or a year in prison.
In other news, a new strain of COVID-19 is prompting countries to mandate only the use of N95 masks. This could be problematic considering shortages of the design.
The latest in travel news is that the CDC now requires a negative test three days before you travel overseas. You will then also have to have a negative test to return. That's on top of two weeks of quarantining when you arrive. That will add huge fees to traveling that could cause international travel to take a hit. But Johnny Jet says that this will be the future of travel and it should be done at the airport. LAX is already doing rapid testing for $125. So Johnny thinks that airfares will go up, and domestic travel will be more popular for some time.
Johnny Jet says that with the vaccine rolling out, travel could bounce back in 2021. But he also thinks American travelers will travel around the country first.
Hawaii is also offering a free round trip for people staying and working for 30 days.
American Airlines is offering home covid tests for $129.
Delta announced the elimination of change fees, along with United (even for Basic Economy Class).