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DRIVER LICENSES FROM NINE STATES WON’T BE VALID ID’S FOR DOMESTIC FLIGHTS IN 2018
(Pending extensions from the TSA as of Dec. 16, 2016)  Check this website for updates: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id/

Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses.   Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID, or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints—even for domestic travel.   The TSA Began placing signage around airport security checkpoints to inform travelers of the new TSA rules going into effect in 2018.    The IDs from these nine states do not meet the federal government’s minimum security standards. And, according to the REAL ID Act of 2005, federal agencies (like the TSA) are prohibited from “accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.”    In order for states to pass the government’s security standards, they must verify every ID applicant’s identity, put anti-counterfeit technology in the production of the card and conduct background checks on those who issue driver’s licenses.

If the nine states currently on the list change their ID process, the government “may grant extensions or determine compliance for additional states as warranted,” the TSA said in a statement. “TSA will update signage if and when states that are currently listed receive extensions.”

Travelers who are not from the nine states will not be affected by the change in 2018. But by 2020, all travelers must have identification in compliance with REAL ID or they will not be allowed through TSA security checkpoints.

Only 24 states (plus Washington, D.C.) currently comply with the rules set forward in the act. The remaining states have been given extensions (through 2017) to meet REAL ID standards.

But the process to change state-wide ID standards is lengthy. Legislature in many of the states, including Missouri and Kentucky, has been issued to the state house floor in order to comply with federal government standards. But these bills may have trouble getting passed due to growing concerns over privacy.

Travelers from the nine states can either get a passport or wait and see if their state’s laws change in time to comply with the TSA.

 

ZIKA VIRUS PRECAUTIONS:
This is not to alarm travelers, but to have you “in the know”. We have been travelling to many of these effected areas often and rarely have seen a mosquito and we have had no clients contract it while away. The biggest concern is for those who are planning or are already pregnant, although you should always consult your personal physician for advice. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) upgraded their Zika virus travel health notice to "Alert Level 2", (Practice Enhanced Precautions) . The CDC notice now includes most of the USA, Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America among the affected areas. There has been a recent increase in poor pregnancy outcomes among mothers who contracted Zika during pregnancy. The CDC Advisory particularly impacts women who are pregnant and women who are trying to become pregnant.

Zika virus is spread primarily through mosquitoes, which mainly bite during daytime hours. Symptoms of Zika typically develop 3-12 days after being bitten and may include fever, headache, skin rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from 2-7 days and most people who contract Zika experience no symptoms at all. There is no vaccine to prevent Zika Fever however individuals can reduce their risk of contracting Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses by following these steps prior to going on your trip (or for that matter in your backyard):

  • Apply insect repellent which contains one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin (KBR 3023), Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD, or IR3535.
  • If both sunscreen and insect repellent is used, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent.
  • Repellent is available for purchase from the shops on board.
  • Wear a loose, long-sleeved shirt and long pants, preferably of a light color to minimize the likelihood of being bitten.

For the most up-to-date information on the Zika virus and countries affected, please visit the website: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/


NEW IMPORTANT NOTE ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES YOU CARRY ON: 
Customers with any electronic or battery powered devices (mobile telephones, tablets, e-books, laptops, etc.) may be required to turn on their device in front of security teams and/or demonstrate the item’s functionality. If, when asked to do so, customers are not able to demonstrate that their device has power, they will not be allowed to take their device with them on their flight.

It will not be possible for customers to place the item in their hand or hold luggage by the time the are in security and sadly you also have no access to your checked luggage at that point either.   You would have to leave it behind rebook an alternative flight at your own expense.

 

NEW HAZMAT NOTICE
Please review the notice of items that will be prohibited on all flights to/from the US as mandated by the FAA and DOT.  In general, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations prohibit passengers and crewmembers from carrying hazardous materials (dangerous goods) aboard commercial aircraft. The table below lists the exceptions that allow passengers and crewmembers to carry a limited amount of hazardous materials in carry-on and/or checked baggage. Though allowable by DOT regulations (see 49 CFR, section 175.10), some of the items listed here may, at times, be prohibited/limited in the aircraft cabin by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules (see www.tsa.gov). Individual airlines and other nations may also have more restrictive rules on what passengers can carry aboard the aircraft. See http://www.faa.gov/go/packsafe for additional guidance on hazmat in baggage or Click here to download a pdf document:  Hazmat Notice »

CURRENT US CITIZEN
PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

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Important Notice Regarding New TSA Flight Requirements

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that it will require full name (as it appears on their government issued ID), date of birth and gender for all passengers traveling on or after November 1, 2010 regardless of when the reservation was booked. Failure to provide this information could result in a reservation being refused by the airline.
 
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AIRLINE NEWS:

Southwest is currently accepting air reservations through November 3, 2017. On May 18, 2017 Southwest will open their schedule for sale through January 7, 2018. This date is subject to change! Please check with us for your air reservations.


American Airlines
Delta
United
UNITED, DELTA & AMERICAN are offering “basic economy” fares on many flight routes in an effort to compete with the low cost carrier. BUYER BEWARE!
Created for our customers who may be more price-sensitive, these lower-priced fares provide most of the same inflight services and amenities that are available with standard Economy — such as food and beverages, and inflight entertainment — but with some important restrictions that you'll want to be sure to review carefully before booking: Seat Selection and upgrades are not available on most of them until 24 hours prior or are automatically assigned, Groups and Families on these fares will most likely not be seated together, full size carry on bags are not permitted, only a personal item, flight changes and refunds are not allowed, Some do not allow you to earn miles, and most place you in the last boarding group.

 

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