Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about how Hawaii is opening up this week to allow travel. The big news is 72 advance testing requirement before boarding, which could become the new normal. But even passing a test won't prevent you from catching Covid19 before you travel. Which is why JJ still won't travel right now. He has stayed at a Marriot Hotel recently and has seen all the steps that the hotel is taking to protect hotel guests. A getaway is doable if you mask up and protect yourself.
The huge story in Travel news ... United Airlines is offering rapid testing at San Francisco Airport for $250 with results in 72 hours, or you can test ahead of time and drop off the package for $80. You'll still have to quarantine where you're going until the results are received, but why not? Hawaii Airlines is also offering rapid testing for $90 and it will take 72 hours. Lufthansa is offering rapid testing for only $12 in Europe. Johnny says that until COVID goes away, this is the new normal if you want to travel.
Johnny Jet is heading back to Hawaii after the state set a reopening date of October 15th. So far, it's only Oahu and you need to be tested within 72 hours of travel, and it's only through CVS or Kaiser Permanente. If you don't have a test, you will have to either turn around and go home or quarantine for five days. New York has also reopened to six states, including California.
American has transcontinental deals from California to New York for as low as 12,000 miles per seat.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about travel, especially during the outbreak. A listener wanted to know if there was a statistic on how many have caught COVID-19 while traveling on an airline. Johnny says it would be difficult to really pin that down unless the patient does a lot of traveling.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about how passengers need to wake up and wear a mask while they are traveling. Airlines are also starting to test passengers before they load the plane, but still, people are getting infected while traveling. Most Airlines are not selling middle seats and are requiring masks to board the plane. Johnny says the TSA is also now allowing up to 12 oz of hand sanitizer and wipes. Passengers will also need to separate out their foot in a clear plastic container.
Sam says that in light of the pandemic, ride-sharing has dropped to nothing, and the feeling is that a lot of people aren't likely to return to it, or public transit. We may see a shift back to personal use vehicles. This is a serious challenge for not only ride-sharing companies that would require sanitizing after every ride, to autonomous cabs. It's also moving autonomous vehicle developers to move towards goods delivery, not ride-sharing. So the future of driverless vehicles may be the transport of goods, not people.
Thanks to a new feature in both iOS and Android, if you encounter someone who has been exposed to COVID-19, the phone will be able to alert you based on the person's location data, and that of others they have encountered. And if you're sick, it will enable medical professionals to track the path of infection through phone location data. It's called "contact tracing." The new feature has met with protest though, because Apple won't give governments all the information. It will also be a voluntary download.
PC sales surged last quarter, as users obeying COVID-19 stay at home orders are working from home. The result is a banner quarter for Intel and sold out PCs everywhere.
While Zoom is helpful in keeping people connected during the Covid19 isolation, it also has huge privacy issues. Firstly, Zoom installed a web server on the background of Apple computers that would stay even if you uninstalled the software. Apple has fixed that, but Zoom was very slow to respond. There are also security issues with "Zoom bombing" where trolls are crashing meetings and posting offensive material.