Report: FAA to allow Kindle use during takeoff

Reports are circulating that the Federal Aviation Administration may allow travelers to use Amazon Kindle devices during takeoff.

The FAA’s Portable and Electronic Device Advisory and Rulemaking Committee is reviewing current policies and will end those deliberations in July. The committee has more than two dozen members, who include representatives of the FAA, Amazon, airlines, pilot and flight attendant unions, aircraft manufacturers, the FCC and the Consumer Electronics Association.

The current guidance is that travelers have to turn off everything while below 10,000 feet, but that may all change.

Over the past few years, the FAA has been under mounting pressure to either allow passengers more electronic freedom onboard aircraft, or provide solid scientific evidence why they can’t. Critics point out that pilots now employ iPads in the cockpit for navigation purposes.

So tell us what you think — should passengers be allowed to use electronic devices during a flight? Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook wall or Tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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TravelSafe Vacation Plan Named Number One for Second Consecutive Year

We are proud to announce that the TravelSafe Vacation Plan has been ranked the number 1 travel insurance plan for the 2nd consecutive year by Top Ten Reviews!

So what does this mean for you? TravelSafe plans provide unmatched coverage which allows travelers to see the world with peace of mind. Awarded a 9.5 overall rating, the Vacation Plan offers up to 150% of the trip cost if your trip is interrupted and up to $25,000 for non-medical emergency evacuation. The policy also provides a $100,000 emergency accident and sickness benefit.

According to Top Ten Reviews, “if you are most concerned about travel insurance benefits for missed connections or lost baggage, this policy beats all of the competition.”However, we know that one plan doesn’t fit all – so we offer several options so you can find the plan that works best for you. Choices include Basic, Classic, Classic Plus, Protect-a-Group and more.

To find out more about the right coverage for you, visit TravelSafe.com or call us at 1-888-885-7233. We look forward to hearing about your next travel adventure!

Safe travels,
Your Friends at TravelSafe

 

Presidential Getaways

President’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect chance to escape on a quick vacation! In honor of the holiday, we’ve compiled a list of the most Presidential getaways for you:

Mount Vernon Estate
Mount Vernon is located in Alexandria, Virginia, and the estate was home George Washington and his wife, Martha. President’s Day is the perfect time to visit because this historic site is offering free admission and will open one hour early. There are also several events scheduled over the weekend including musical salutes, discussions and a ceremony at Washington’s tomb.

Mount Rushmore
You can take visit four past presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, at this granite sculpture. The unforgettable masterpiece lies in the Black Hills of South Dakota and offer guided tours, the Black Hills National Forest nearby and Crazy Horse Memorial.

Gettysburg National Military Park
This year is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and the military park’s calendar is filled with events to commemorate the Civil War’s bloodiest battle. President Lincoln delivered one of the most famous speeches in American History, the Gettysburg Address, on the property.

Washington D.C.
Last but certainly not least is our capitol city, Washington D.C. The White House, the Capitol and the unbeatable Smithsonian museums are a great place to start for a weekend trip to D.C. If you decide to go back for more, Washington D.C. also boasts world-class restaurants that will please any traveler.

Tell us – what do YOU plan on doing during President’s Day Weekend?

How to Stay in Touch for Less

If your travel plans are taking you abroad this winter, you’ll most certainly be making calls during the holidays. Traditionally speaking, international calling can be costly and connections can be shaky. However, these days there are more options for international calling including those that won’t cost you a dime. Here are the top ways to stay in touch while abroad:

Purchase a temporary phone. You can rent a cell phone or purchase an inexpensive throwaway phone during your trip. These phones can be found online or your regular carrier may offer overseas rentals. This can cost you less than $50, but be warned, these phones don’t typically have all smartphone capabilities.

Use your cell phone. If you don’t want to part with your cell phone, this option is the easiest for you. Check with your carrier to see if they provide international roaming packages and ask for the fees. If you are going to communicate a lot during your trip, these fees can add up quickly. Also, avoid extra data charges by disabling all notifications from your apps and automatic e-mail pushes.

Connect to a hotspot. Today, a majority of the hotels abroad offer free Wi-Fi (especially in Europe). Before you travel, contact the hotel, ask if they have Wi-Fi and if there are charges involved. This is the perfect option for you if you don’t want to be connected 24/7, but want to call or check in on social media when you are at the hotel. Don’t forget to pack your cell phone for emergencies – just keep it off unless you need it. 

Download apps before you go. If you’re taking your smartphone or tablet, Skype is a great way to stay in touch. It is available for download on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. You can register for Skype with a unique U.S. number so people can reach you at no cost while you’re abroad.

Buy the cards. If you don’t feel like messing with “Wi-Fi”, cellphones and hotspots, you can buy a local calling card. To call out, you dial a local or toll-free access number, then enter your account ID plus the number you want to call. The big U.S. telecoms offer calling-card systems for international use, but if you really want a deal – buy local and you can find lower rates.

For this option, you’ll have to rely on your hotel for contacting you with an emergency calling, and it might not be easy to find a pay phone if you’re wanting to make a call outside of the hotel.

Whether you use the latest technology or go old school, staying in touch with family and friends during the holiday season is important. What option would fit your travel plans best? Tell us by leaving a comment below.

Safe travels,
Your friends at TravelSafe