WWII Vet Loses Priceless Medals

 

A recent report on ABC 7’s Eyewitness News, told the sad story of a World War II veteran who was traveling to a reunion of his fellow platoon but when he arrived at the airport, his luggage—and all his war memorabilia inside—were gone!

Emmett Nolan was on a United Airlines flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Norfolk, Virginia this summer, to reunite with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. He was going to be making a speech and showing off some of his war uniforms, ribbons and medals, but all of that disappeared when his luggage never came off the plane.

Nolan was 18 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Army back in 1943. He was a paratrooper with the 101st airborne Screaming Eagles. Among the 91-year-old’s irreplaceable possessions were a presidential citation and a lanyard from Holland.

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His daughter, Linda Williamson, who was traveling with him on the trip, told the news station that they were told the luggage ended up on another flight—caused by the fact that their original flight was canceled and they missed their connecting flight. The problem was, the airline couldn’t say exactly where.

“It was just awful. I’ve never been treated like that in my entire life,” Williamson said. “I was so frustrated with the whole episode that I filed a complaint with the airlines and I also filed a complaint with the Department of Transportation.”

Nolan went to the reunion and sadly was sans his memories. He had hoped they would show up while he was there, but he and his daughter didn’t hear from the airline the entire weekend.

In fact, even when they returned home to California, the airline was of little help. That’s why they reached out to the ABC News, hoping someone could help.

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That was a savvy decision on their part, because a month later, the luggage and all his war memorabilia was found.

“I thought it was gone. I didn’t think we’d recover it. Thought someone had found it, bootlegged it and sold it,” Nolan said. “We got the people, they called in (to ABC7) and really got on the ball and they chased it down and they found it in Newark, New Jersey.”

The Department of Transportation mandates that airlines must compensate passengers for the value of lost or damaged luggage, and its contents, for up to $3,300 for domestic flights. That was little consolation for Nolan, as the sentimental value was irreplaceable.

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A spokesperson for the airline said that as with any lost bag, an alert was issued and they did everything they could to locate the bag in a timely manner.

Now, none of this would have happened had Nolan been using LugLoc.

The innovative LugLoc provides travelers with the ability to track their bags so if the airline loses them, at least you know where they are. To take advantage of this system, simply purchase the tracking system, which combines GSM and Bluetooth technology, and then download a simple app. By tapping the app, a map will appear showing the exact location of your suitcase, regardless of where in the world it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Four Must-Have Apps For Travel Pros

When you’re on the go your smartphone becomes your best friend. Why? Because it’s a premium resource that can not only guide you to your hotel, but also help you rent a car for the weekend, buy a cheap plane ticket, play a game while waiting for the bus to arrive, and capture the most amazing pictures of the places you visit.

In a world full of apps, we’ve picked a few we consider are the essential ones, those that every traveler should have on their smartphone. There’s no doubt they will ensure your trip goes smoother and more fun.

Get Organized

Chances are you have heard about, or at least know someone that uses TripCase. It’s one of the most popular travel planning apps that works as a personal assistant by helping you organize your travel plans in a single place. TripCase is an itinerary management app that delivers the right information at the right time. This means that if, for example, your flight is delayed, you will receive a notification on your mobile even before the airline tells you about it. How does this happen? The beautiful app is powered and developed by Sabre, a global technology company that leads the travel industry.

 

After downloading the app, you will have to complete your profile, add a trip and every item you like (car rental, reservations at restaurants and any other attraction). Plus, you can share your trip with others and, in this way, if you’ve emailed information about an arrival, the updates of that flight will be sent to that person too. It’s available for iOS and Android.

Related: 5 Wearables You Must-Have When Traveling

Pack Like a Pro

It can happen, you can leave home without a spare pair of socks. Sure, the world will continue to turn and, with a couple of bucks, you will buy new ones elsewhere. But, let’s be honest, to travel well more often than not is to pack light. Instead of going through the mental checklist for each trip, you can create a customized inventory list with Packing Pro.

Think about it, this is a perfect travel companion. The bad news is it’s only available for iPhone and iPad for now. You can auto generate packing lists based on a variety of travel factors such as destination, number of travelers, weather, food, etcetera. What’s more, you can easily create a list with over 100 items in seconds. Of course, you can move these items from one list to another. So, whether you are an awful list-maker, or someone who makes a list out of everything, you will fall in love.

Dishing on Food

Like Tinder but for food, that’s how Foodspotting is often described. There are times when you find yourself saying, “don’t ask me. what do you want to eat?” and that’s where this app earns it’s keep. It’s useful for finding restaurants with dishes that look appetizing, a visual guide to food if you will.

 

This app uses your location and is perfect for travel because, it allows you to search by restaurant, dish type, user, or location to maximize your ability to make the best local eating decision. It’s available for iOS and Android.

Related: Traveling With Kids Is Possible And Suggested

World Talk

International travelers often have a need help to communicate in the native tongue of the place they’re visiting, and this app is here to save the day. Of the 500 million+ people who use Google Translate, more than 9 in 10 live outside the U.S. This app lets you translate a word into 103 different languages (and you can even chat to anyone in a foreign language). Not so long ago, the idea of a universal language translation device sounded like science fiction, but now this it’s reality and available for iOS and Android.

 

Which are the apps you usually use when traveling abroad?  Please share them with us, we would love to find out!

 

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Red Alert

The British Olympic team did a lot right at this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio, taking 67 medals back to England, but when traveling home, they did something that was anything but medal-worthy.

An article in The Washington Post revealed that when the 300-plus athletes and support staff got off their plane, they were greeted not only by a slew of flag-waving, cheering fans, but also a sea of red bags.

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You see, someone behind the scenes for the British Olympic team made the decision that all of its athletes should have the same red suitcase to show team unity, but didn’t think far enough ahead to realize what would happen when 900-plus identical bags would roll out on the luggage carousel together.

Olympian Rick Dempsey, who took home a silver medal in Men’s windsurfing, was a bit flabbergasted when he went to pick up his bags at the airport and realized that it wasn’t going to be easy.

However, fellow Olympic sailor, Sophie Ainsworth, didn’t mind the problem, tweeting out, “Honored to be a part of the Olympics” and “This is a fantastic problem to have.”

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Brian Parrish, a spokesperson for Southwest Airlines, has seen situations like this before and notes that Southwest customer service agents pay strict attention to ensure all bags are properly tagged with the owner’s name and contact information.

“We place an intense focus on making certain that we properly tag each piece of checked baggage with the correct final destination upon customer check in,” he says. “Our Ground Operations Team manually reads each tag on checked baggage to ensure items are properly loaded so that we deliver our customers’ checked items as promised.”

Unless the travelers themselves do something to distinguish the bags, those at the check-in desks can’t really do anything except ensure that they have the proper ID tags on the luggage.

Peter Greenberg, who runs a travel blog, notes there are several ways that people could distinguish their luggage, and any of these tips could have helped the Olympic athletes solve their “red” dilemma.

His tips include using a unique luggage tag, featuring an animal or a fluorescent color; add colorful duct tape to the bag; attach a colorful or unusual luggage belt, and adding travel stickers.

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Travel host Channon Dade has traveled the world during her 17 years working in the travel industry, including landing on five continents and 35 different countries.

“I have an emblem of my alma mater, Stanford University, attached to my bag to help it standout.” she says. “Even if there was another bag that looked like mine, I would know the difference.”

Now, a simple fix for the British team could have been just writing the athlete’s name on the bag somewhere, but even with the problems it caused, the Brits all seemed to have a good laugh about it. Besides, with the number of medals it returned to its country with, they were just excited about the whole experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What a Nightmare!

We hate to stir up bad memories, but luggage nightmares happen.

Anyone who travels often has likely had an experience where a bag gets lost or damaged. It isn’t funny at the moment, and some experiences are harder to get over than others, but after enough time goes by, sometimes we can look back and have fun with the bad memory.

That’s why we asked brave travelers to dig into their past and share stories with us that they’d likely prefer to forget.

Not the Car Seat!

Jeff Neal, founder of Jason Coupon King remembers a time when he, his wife and their two daughters traveled from Pennsylvania to Florida. They lost something that stopped them in their tracks.

“You can take baby car seats onto the flight for free, but once we landed, one of our car seats was missing,” Neal says. “We were stressing out because you can’t just have a kid bouncing around in a car without a car seat. And they’re expensive.”

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They went to the help desk and after two hours of waiting (and two kids getting increasingly grumpy), they were told the car seat was lost.

“The vacation was off to a terrible start, but this story has a happy ending,” Neal says. “After letting us know it was lost, they had a loaner car seat (which luckily fit our daughter), and they said we could borrow it until they found ours. If they didn’t find our car seat, they would have let us keep it. But two days later, we get a call from the airport, letting us know that they found the car seat.

“If you have kids, then you know that traveling with them is a nightmare because you need to pack strollers and car seats in addition to the luggage, which only adds to the stress and anxiety.”

A Ruined Suitcase

Catherine Shovlin, U.K. director for the firm Synthetron, once flew from London to San Francisco with a tight transfer in Philadelphia. Her nightmare began when her luggage showed up on the carousel in Philly.

“My 9-year-old daughter’s small hard shell case was practically destroyed,” Shovlin says. “The lid was broken, the zip had ripped open and there were two dirty great tire tracks across the top of it. Distraught we gathered up the items scattered across the carousel and headed to the customer service counter with the sorry apology for a suitcase.”

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They didn’t get much help in Philly, the airline representative directed them to a table with tape and bubble wrap to fix it.

“We were flabbergasted,” Shovlin says. “Not only no apology but no surprise either. Is this such a regular occurrence that they have a table especially for it? I tried to reassure my daughter but she was pretty upset.”

Everything worked out OK, though. She found a more helpful crew in San Francisco, and the airline gave her a new, better, suitcase and a toiletries pack.

“My daughter got a new holiday wardrobe,” Shovlin says. “We completed the paperwork and within a few weeks they had refunded the cost of everything we had bought, including replacing my laptop, which I had stupidly put in her case thinking the hard shell would protect it.”

They Found the Bag, But…

Not all stories have a happy ending, though. Four years ago, Julie Bonette, of Laura Bishop Communications, spent five weeks in Greece, and had an experience that was, let’s say, colorful.

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“On my way home, Al Italia lost my bag,” Bonette says. “They kept telling me they would send it to me in the mail and I’d see it ‘tomorrow’ but I didn’t get it until eight days later. When I opened up my bag, an expensive liquor I had purchased, that was a specialty to one of the islands in Greece I had visited, had shattered and turned all of my clothes orange.”

The LugLoc luggage locator can help keep your dream vacation from turning to a nightmare. For more information, go to LugLoc.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Wearables You Must-Have When Traveling

An avalanche of wearable products is coming our way and you should enjoy the new releases. Thanks to the advent of f technology, wearable products are becoming easier to own than ever before.. Not only are these tech accessories fashionable, but also functional. One  can monitor sleep, track fitness, count calories, and even feel a buzz you if you need to move more.

They say that smart clothes are the future of wearables. Overall, fitness tracking bands and smartwatches are by far the most popular type of wearable technology at the moment. They can tell us everything about accurate fitness metrics and detailed analysis of workouts in a few minutes. Thankfully, many companies are beginning to think beyond gym rats. Take a look at these five must-have when traveling:

24/7 Charger Jeans

Charging your phone from the wall sounds old-school nowadays. Joes Jeans created #Hello, a luxury and skinny jean designed to carry your phone and keep you charged at all times. You just place your iPhone in the secret side pocket, connect it to the power cord and then press the power button on the battery pack to charge. This doesn’t come cheap. Jeans: $189. Battery pack: $49.

Related: Three Apps For Working Out When Traveling

Footwear That Leads The Way

How about this for amazing –  Lechal. Imagine if your shoes told you which way to go without you ever having to take your eyes off the road or sidewalk. “Slip into your smart footwear, set your destination in your app, and let Lechal show you the way through gentle vibrations”. The shoes sync over Bluetooth to an app that pulls your path from Google Maps. Plus, it counts steps, calories and measures the distance travelled. It logs your activity, so that you can keep track of your fitness.

 

Touch-sensitive clothing

Google And Levi’s designed a piece of clothing different from others. It appears to be as normal as any denim but it’s not: it has a conductive yarn that enables touch interactivity. Users can tap, swipe or hold on the left cuff of the sleeve to fulfill simple tasks like changing music tracks, blocking or answering calls or accessing navigation information (delivered by voice). All functions that can be sustained while riding in place of having to pull a phone out to do them.

 

A Smart Sock For The Little Ones

The Owlet Baby Monitor is a world-changing “smart sock” that measures a baby’s heart rate and breathing. It uses the same pulse oximetry technology used in hospitals and can monitor heart rate to make sure the little one’s breathing and sleep has been uninterrupted. This tiny beauty comes in three different sizes to ensure a snug fit and charges up via a small base station.

Related: 5 Signs You’re A Travel Addict

Easy Payment At The Rich Of You Hand

A simpler way to pay. If wearing something around your wrist is not really your style, take a look at this. Barclaycard and Lyle & Scott have teamed up to launch a contactless payment jacket powered by bPay: the Contactless Jacket. The payment bit is hidden in the cuff of your sleeve, and it has bPay inside you can use your credit or debit card (from Barclays or any other bank) to complete transactions in hundreds of thousands of places in the UK.

We’re ready to embrace new wearables in our lives. They are fun and really helpful. Which wearables will you take with you when traveling?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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