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What is Seat Pitch on a Commercial Airplane? 15 Nov 2017

Have you ever wondered why some airline seats have more legroom between them than others? This is largely affected by seat pitch – the distance from a point on your set to the same point on the seat in front of you. Seat back thickness can also affect the amount of legroom. Seat width also adds to comfort. If you want to check this out before purchasing your ticket, go to Seat Guru to compare.

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Mobile Passport Control App 15 Oct 2017

The US Customs and Border Protection recently approved the use of an app called Mobile Passport Control to expedite entry process into the US after traveling abroad. This free app is downloadable to your smartphone or tablet and can be currently used at 24 US airports and Port Everglades in Florida. Once you land, you simply input your specific trip information and answer certain questions thereby replacing completion of the typical Declarations form then look for the specific fast lane for Mobile Passport Control at one of these participating airports: Mobile Passport Control.

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Not Showing up for Your Flight Can Have Severe Penalties 15 Sep 2017

Ever just decide to skip one leg of your flight, over sleep, or have car trouble on the way to the airport and miss your flight? If you want to keep the rest of your flights in tact and avoid costly penalties, you MUST contact the airline before your scheduled departure time in order to avoid the ramifications of their No Show policy. Most domestic and international airlines have a No Show policy which allows them to cancel ALL your remaining flights with NO value for re-booking. In addition, most airlines charge a No Show penalty and you are subject to current fares when re-booking your flights.

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Can I Still Travel With My Electronics on International Flights? 15 Aug 2017

This question has been a moving target since March, but the Department of Homeland Security announced a new policy for electronics entering the US.  As of June 28th, all airlines with inbound flights to the US are required to implement stricter measures for screening carry-on and checked baggage as well as vetting passengers before they board.  If they don’t meet the new standards, they are subject to the laptop ban currently in place for nine airlines from eight countries, or even have their airline certificate revoked disallowing entry into the US.

What does this mean to you as the traveler?  You should allow more time to go through security at international airports (3 hours) as airports and airlines work through the new procedures.  Be prepared to see more bomb-sniffing dogs, have your laptop or tablet checked by an agent and see new scanner equipment.

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More About Tracking Your Luggage 15 Jul 2017

Until “permanent” bag tags are available and universally recognized at all airports, there are a number of electronic devices available to minimize worry and keep track of your luggage while traveling.  This article may help you find the best solution for you: 10 Best Smart Luggage Trackers, courtesy of Anya Jones.

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