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Insight Newsletter - September 2014

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Fit in a Workout at the Airport
 

You’re constantly on the move, traveling from business meeting to business meeting. How do you find time to fit in a workout when you have such a hectic travel schedule?

It appears that airports are becoming aware of this issue and are looking for ways to make the airport experience less stressful and more enjoyable. Exercise facilities seem to be popping up at airports around the country with increasing frequency. Want to know what your options are?

 
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Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
 
Singapore AirportIn 1930, when Charles Lindbergh stated that Vancouver “had no fit field to land on,” the city immediately began construction – on Sea Island, Richmond - of a single, 730-metre runway with a small wood-frame building and control tower.
 

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Test New
Mobile Passport Control App


On August 11th the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the launch of the first authorized app developed to allow eligible travelers expedited entry into the United States. Mobile Passport Control (MPC), the first app of its kind, was developed in partnership with the CBP as part of a pilot program at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport.

MPC is available only to U.S. citizens and Canadians, doesn’t require pre-approval, is free to use and doesn’t collect any new information on travelers.

There are five steps involved in using MPC:

  • Download the app from the Apple store prior to arrival.
  • Create a profile with your passport information.
  • Complete the “New Trip” section upon arrival in the U.S.
  • Submit your customs declaration form through the app to receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code. This receipt will expire four hours after being issued.
  • Bring your passport and smartphone or tablet with your digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer

Travelers using the app will be processed through a separate queue and up to four family members can be processed at one time. While the CBP would prefer that travelers wait until they’ve landed to submit their declaration through the app, those who have Wi-Fi onboard their flight could potentially complete it prior to arrival. The declaration can’t, however, be submitted more than two hours prior to landing.

There is no information on when or if other nationalities may become eligible to use the app.

The app is currently only available for iPhone and iPad users but will also be available this fall for Android users. It’s also expected that MPC will be expanded to at least one additional airport by the end of the year.

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Eyefi

Feeling overwhelmed at the idea of sorting through your hundreds of photos? Do they sit on your camera for weeks or months because you never get around to uploading, tagging and sorting them? Eyefi can simplify this job for you.

Insert a Wi-Fi enabled Eyefi Mobi SD card into almost any digital camera, upload the app and purchase a subscription to the Eyefi Cloud. Then watch your photos appear instantaneously on your smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac, as they upload to the cloud the second you take them.

The Cloud is your private photo collection, available at any time on any of your devices. Take pictures on any camera or smartphone you own and the Cloud will automatically merge them into one photo album. A couple of highlights we really like are:

  • Your entire collection is always available, allowing you can work on your photos even when offline. Once you’re back online all changes will automatically be saved to the Cloud. It’s seems a great way to spend some time while flying!
  • You need never worry about losing or accidently deleting photos again as the Cloud automatically stores an original the second you take it.

The annual cost of membership to the Eyefi Cloud is $49.99 while the Mobi SD card ranges in price from $49.99 for an 8GB card to $99.99 for a 32GB card. Cards can be purchased online or in the U.S. at Bestbuy, where you’ll receive a year of Cloud storage with the purchase of a 16GB card. The app is free and is available for iOS, Android and Kindle.

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