by Stephanie Faris
Driver’s Licenses in Nine States Don’t Meet Federal Requirements
Last week, the Transportation Security Administration began posting notices in airports across the country alerting passengers of stricter identification requirements to enter terminals and fly. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington have licenses that no longer meet Federal Security Requirements.
According to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh C. Johnson, for an identification card to be accepted as compliant it must incorporate anti-counterfeit technology into the card, verify the applicant’s identity, and conduct background checks for employees involved in issuing driver’s licenses.
The law doesn’t go into effect until January 22, 2018 to give states and residents time to prepare. Here’s the TSA’s list current list of valid identifications.
Those Toys You Got for the Holidays Might Not Fly
According to an article by the New York Times, some of those toys you got during the holidays may join hoverboards and Galaxy Note 7s and go into the banned bin. Under the International Civil Aviation Organization’s dangerous goods regulations, lithium-ion batteries with an output greater than 100 watt-hours are not allowed on passenger aircraft without advance approval of the airline. Batteries with an output greater than 160 watt-hours are not allowed in passenger carry-on or checked baggage. Check your airline’s website before you pack it.
And while flying itself was once a wonder to everyone, today some passengers are tuning it out in favor of virtual reality. There are suddenly a lot out there. According to the market research firm, SuperData, six million Americans had planned to purchase a PlayStation VR this year, five million planned to purchase Facebook’s Oculus Rift and two million planned to purchase the HTC Vive. While the batteries don’t pose a danger, the lack of “situational awareness” may. It’s likely that airlines will soon be asking passengers to switch them off so you can take instructions from the flight crew during takeoffs and landings. (Maybe they could get virtual instructions instead?)
Airport Shopping Improves Customer Experience
Passengers waiting for their flights are enjoying their shopping experience. A new survey of airports finds that customers like the many shopping options available at America’s largest airports. The study, conducted by J.D. Power, drew a direct correlation between high customer satisfaction levels and the amount of money those customers spent shopping in airports. In recent years, there has been a concerted effort to expand airport retail offerings and the investment is paying off.
Disney Puts Drones on Display in Holiday Show
Consumers will line up to see air shows, finding the impressive aviation skills of professional pilots entertaining. For that reason, it’s no surprise that Disney World has a hit in its holiday presentation, held twice nightly over the lagoon between Disney Springs and Disney’s Saratoga Springs hotel. In the show, 300 drones are equipped with LED lights that create a colorful show with more than four billion color combinations.
Whether you’re traveling to see family or visiting Disney World in Florida this holiday season, innovations in aviation may improve your experience. At the very least, it will give you something to look forward to for next year’s holiday travel.
Stephanie is an experienced editor and writer, working on projects that range from books to blogs. She covers such topics as addiction, law, real estate, SEO, and technology. She has experience in many different genres and types of written communication.