Many airlines are now banning all 'smart' bags that have fixed Lithium batteries
Airlines and aviation safety experts continue to have a particular concern that any fire happening inside a pressurized aluminum tube loaded with people and jet fuel at 34,000 ft could have a potentially negative outcome.
The risk of fire is present when the battery is connected.
YES: Your smart bag may fly under these conditions
NO: Your smart bag is prohibited from flying under these conditions
Be Smart. Be Safe: Contact your respective airline(s) for complete, official details on all restricted items including smart bags before you travel. The information contained in this post is for general reference purposes only and is not official.
Online Search Engines VS Direct Airline Websites
What restrictions should I consider before purchasing a Basic Economy ticket?
Avoid Unpleasant Surprises: All airlines are not the same. Always read each respective airline's fare rules and restrictions before purchasing. Each of these is hyperlinked to its own Basic Economy page for your convenience.
Additional Basic Economy Notes
Very Limited Exceptions May Exist for...
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Beaches and Hikes on Kauai, Oh My!
Hawaii - The Aloha State
Hawaii Quick Facts
You can fly or cruise to the Hawaiian Islands. Either way, Hawaii is one of those destinations for which the more effort it takes to reach the more you will be rewarded once you get there!
Approximate Non-Stop Gate-to-Gate Times from the Mainland to Honolulu (HNL)
Returning to the US Mainland
Cruise Ships from California
Which island is the best? - It all depends on what you are looking to enjoy.
Hawaii has something for everyone. Here is what you'll find on each island regardless of which one(s) you choose to explore.
Here is a summary of the four top-visited islands:
Know the Facts Before You Book Your Next Flight
New TSA screening procedures require food items be removed from your carry-ons
8/26/17 - We were surprised at the Albuquerque International Sunport to learn that we would be required to remove all solid food and snacks from our carry-on bags before they went through x-ray. Yeah, it was a mess digging through our backpacks for all the loose granola bars, gum and mints we had haphazardly thrown in for our flights.
The polite TSA agent informed us that ABQ is one of the airports participating in the trial and this new procedure would go into effect nationwide within the next few months.
To clarify, food and snacks are NOT prohibited or restricted, but rather are not to stay in your bag for x-ray. Leaving them in will likely result in your bag getting pulled off the line for a manual search and swabbing for explosives residue and slowing you down.
Reduce the number of manual bag inspections that result from questionable x-ray images caused by solid food items and snacks.
The New Procedure
All solid food and snacks must be removed from your carry-on items (luggage, bags, purses, jackets, coats, etc.) and placed in a bin or bowl for x-ray. Yes, it may be in the same bin as your liquids and shoes, etc.
Here is an incomplete list of such items:
Recommendation to Be Prepared
Just like with your carry-on liquids, pack all your solid food and snacks into one clear baggy so that you may easily remove it from your bags and place it in the bin for screening and not slow down the process.
THANK YOU to all the folks who joined us at Taos Pride last weekend in support of diversity, community and equality.
We sent great friends Janet and Sandy on a customized tour of Iceland - They had a blast!
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Hanakapi'ai Beach ~ 4 Miles Roundtrip
Hike: 2 miles from Ke'e Beach. This is also the beginning of the rigorous 11-mile Kalalau Trail.
Difficulty: 3-Moderate - This is a well-maintained, packed dirt trail with occasional uneven, rocky spots.
Hanakapi'ai Falls ~ 8 Miles Roundtrip
Description: A 300-ft waterfall spilling into a large, cool, rocky pool. The hike along the river from the beach is mostly shaded.
Hike: Follow the river 2 miles up from Hanakapi'ai Beach. The trail is uneven, muddy and sometimes slick and requires a couple of rocky river crossings (wading).
Precautions: There may be many bugs, especially toward the end of summer when the guava fruit litters the forest floor.