Johnny joins Leo to talk about what to do after you get vaccinated. The CDC still says not to travel unless it's essential, and if you are, you still have to wear a mask. Airlines are also going to continue to require masks at least until the fall. Travel continues to bound back, with over 1.8 million going through the TSA every day. And Europe may be opening up soon as more people get vaccinated. You'll also want to carry your CDC Vaccination card with you at all times.
Johnny Jet says that right now is a great time to buy tickets in advance because there is a lot of flexibility. Airlines are dropping change fees, and business travel isn't coming back for at least six months, if ever. So airlines have to rely on leisure travel. So if you can get a great deal on a flight in July, make sure you read the fine print and can make a free change if you need to, and go for it. Travel prices will go up once the vaccine is widespread. So right now is a great time to buy.
Sara is a painter and is traveling to Florence, Italy to showcase some of her art. She's worried she may not be able to bring her laptop back when she returns, though. Leo says that policy hasn't been decided yet on airlines from Europe. But it could, and if so, she'll have to check her laptop in her bag. Or she could ship it back. She will be able to return with it, just not in the main cabin.
Leo says if she has a tablet or iPhone, she could use that instead, and Excel runs quite well on iOS.
Recently, privacy advocates have become aware that US Customs and the TSA are demanding travelers turn over passwords to their social media and demanding travelers open up their laptops and mobile devices to gain your data. Leo says that is clearly a violation of privacy and the fifth amendment. That passwords and fingerprint ID should be protected. Leo recommends turning off all your devices while you're re-entering the country. But they may detain you until you do. So be ready to call a lawyer.
This week's website - Tired of the long TSA lines? Check out I Hate the Wait. People are taking pictures of their TSA lines and posting them with the tag line #IHateTheWait. Airlines are even complaining about people missing their flights because of the TSA checkin. Johnny says that's why it's always best to get to the airport several hours in advance. Bring a book, check in unhurried and then wait. Also get TSA Precheck. But even that can be a 20 minute wait. The TSA gives suggested wait times, but it's not really that accurate.
Johnny Jet got through customs in Canada really quickly today because he has a Global Entry Card. For $100, you get a GE Card that represents that you've been vetted and a background check made. What the GE card does is speed your re-entry into country. They take your fingerprints and do an iris scan. And then, when you check in, it's a few minutes from terminal to gate. Great for business travelers. Leo likes it and wants to go.