US Department State Travel Advisory 2020

US Department State Travel Advisory:Travel the world without stress

Global travel has increased: the number of international tourists became 1,400 million people in 2018. This is a 6% increase over 2017. Many people see travel as a way to relieve stress, it turns out that Reality shows you otherwise. And so, at the end of the speech they end up more stressed than when they started.

US Department State Travel Advisory
US Department State Travel Advisory

Travel stress is a sensation of mental tension and pressure directly related to travel or planning.
The stress of planning, air travel, safety concerns, financial concerns or unrealistic expectations can cause some people to have a very negative vacation. What can be done ?. Consult the  US Department State Travel Advisory.

There are simple things you can do to nullify or lessen this stress and make sure you can enjoy your vacation.

Right I nformation 

The most common stressful travel experience was related to pre-trip problems and planning. These include packing, concerns about finances, making travel arrangements and deciding on an itinerary. It also includes false, outdated or erroneous information about the places of destination:

An example of outdated information: Paris and France

France and Paris in particular, is a very common destination for citizens of the United States. But it turns out that the riots in that country have increased in recent weeks. Moreover, in the last days massive strikes have left all of France without trains, buses and airplanes. And to Paris without public transport. It is an advantage to know the particularities of the place where you are going to visit to take precautions.

US Department State Travel Advisory - Twitter
US Department State Travel Advisory – Twitter

Level of Risks – US Department State Travel Advisory

The US Department of State,  is responsible for preparing warnings of different kinds for travelers visiting countries other than the United States. Here the detail

On January 10, 2018, the State Department presented a series of improvements to the way we transmit information to American travelers. These improvements will provide U.S. citizens with security information in a clear, timely and reliable manner throughout the world. Under the new system, Travel Recommendations will be provided for all countries, with levels of recommendations ranging from 1 to 4:

Level 1 –Take normal precautions:

This is the lowest recommendation level for safety risks. All international trips involve a certain risk. In other countries, conditions may differ from those in the United States and change at any time.

Level 2 – Take greater precautions:

The existence of greater risks to safety and protection must be considered. The State Department provides additional recommendations to travelers in these areas through the Travel Recommendations. In all countries, conditions may vary at any time.

Level 3 – Reconsider the trip:

Travel should be avoided due to serious safety and security risks. The State Department provides additional recommendations to travelers in these areas, through the Travel Recommendations. In all countries, conditions may vary at any time.

Level 4 – Do not travel:

This is the highest level of recommendation due to the greater likelihood of life risks. During an emergency, the United States government may have a very limited ability to provide assistance. The State Department advises US citizens not to travel to the country or to leave there as soon as it is safe. The State Department provides additional recommendations to travelers in these areas through the Travel Recommendations. In all countries, conditions may vary at any time.

Travel Recommendations for each country replace the previous Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. While we will issue a general level of Travel Recommendations for each country, the levels of recommendations may vary in certain places or areas within a country. For example, we may advise US citizens to “Take greater precautions” (Level 2) in one country, but “Reconsider the decision to travel” (Level 3) to a specific area within that same country.

US Department State Travel Advisory - Facebook
US Department State Travel Advisory – Facebook

Our detailed Travel Recommendations

will also provide clear reasons for the assigned level, using established risk indicators, and provide specific advice to US citizens who choose to travel to those places:

C – Crime: Violent crimes or organized crime have a widespread presence in some regions of the country. The ability of local law enforcement authorities to respond to serious crimes could be limited.

T – Terrorism: There have been terrorist attacks and / or there could be specific threats against civilians, groups or other objectives.

U – Social conflict: There is political, economic, religious and / or ethnic instability that could cause violence, major disturbances and / or security risks.

H – Health: There are health risks, including current disease outbreaks or a crisis that disrupts the medical infrastructure of a country. One factor could be that a Travel Notice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been issued.

N – Natural disaster: A natural disaster or its consequences involve dangers.

E – Time-limited event: A short-term event, such as an election, sporting event or other incident, which could pose a security risk.

O – Other: There are potential risks that are not covered by previous risk indicators. Read the Travel Recommendations for more details.

Travel Recommendations will be analyzed and updated as necessary, based on changes to safety information.

Embassies and consulates of the United States:

Will hereinafter issue Alerts to replace the current Emergency Messages and Security Messages. The alerts will inform US citizens about country-specific security considerations, such as demonstrations, criminal trends and weather events.

The recently redesigned traveler information center of the State Department travel.state.gov will contain all Travel Recommendations, Recent Alerts issued for each country and an interactive map with mobile-friendly formats. The country pages on the website will continue to include all travel information that is currently available, including details on entry / exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, transportation and other relevant topics.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

In order to receive news about safety and other important information while traveling, US citizens can register their travel plans in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

US Department State Travel Advisory - STEP
US Department State Travel Advisory – STEP

Do you like the risk ?

Check the information that the US Department of State has for this type of travel

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Luxury Travel Blog – Eco Tourism Travel Blog – Adventure Travel Blog 2020 – Lesbian Travel Blog – BackPacking & Dark Travel Blog

 

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51 Most Useful Travel Gadgets 2020

The Useful and Practical Travel Gadgets 2020

Travel Gadgets 2020 that make the trip easier

51 most useful travel accessories 2020: From luggage with tracker to scales to calculate the weight of the bag and adapters for plugs, a guide with objects that every traveler will appreciate at the time of packing. All these articles are designed to save time and money on any trip.

In this first post about travel accessories, the most useful and common ones were selected. they are grouped by categories, so if the article you are looking for is not here, just access it by the nearest category. Enjoy the purchase at Amazon.com.  

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 eReaders IPX8

Travel gadget: Kindle Paperwhite – Kobo – Sony – Onyx Boox – Fire – Voyage – Kindle Oasis

Kindle paperwhite IPX8 waterproof - Travel Gadgets 2020
Kindle paperwhite IPX8 waterproof – Travel Gadgets 2020



Portable Espresso Machine

Wacaco Minipresso GR,  Compatible Ground Coffee, Small Travel Coffee Maker, Manually Operated from Piston Action – Travel Gadget 2019 – 2020

Star!

Wacaco portable espresso machine - Travel Gadgets 2019 2020
Wacaco portable espresso machine – Travel Gadgets 2020


Travel gadget 2020: Nespresso Coffee Maker

For Camping or Motor Home Vacations – Nespresso Essenza Mini

Nespresso Essenza MIni - Coffee Espresso maker
Nespresso Essenza MIni – Coffee Espresso maker

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Camping – Bear Pepper Spay

SABRE Frontiersman Bear Spray 9.2 oz (Holster Options & Multi-Pack Options) — Maximum Strength, Maximum Range & Greatest Protective Barrier Per Burst! — Effective Against All Types of Bears – Buy on amazon.com – Bears in Great Smoky Mountains Bational Park

Bear pepper spray - Travel Gadget 2020
Bear pepper spray – Camping Gear Travel Gadget 2020


Top Travel Backpacks

Laptop Backpack, Travel Computer Bag for Women & Men, Anti Theft Water Resistant College School Bookbag, Slim Business Backpack w/USB Charging Port Fits UNDER 17″ Laptop & Notebook by Mancro (Grey) 

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Backpack for Women


Airplane Travel Gadgets 2020

Everlasting Comfort 100% Pure Memory Foam Neck Pillow Airplane

Travel Pillow - 1210 Travel gadgets 2020
Travel Pillow – Travel Gadgets 2020


Suitcase Scooter Smart

Luggage Suitcase Scooter Electric Travel Carry Business Luggage

Smart scooter luggage 2020 Travel gadget
Smart scooter luggage 2020

  • Intelligent products, so that you no longer have to worry about towing heavy luggage.
  • Applicable to users under 90kg.
  • You can save you time and travel in a small space.
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Travel Adapters for Europe

Digital Luggage Scale

One most useful and practical travel accessories : Travel Adapter 

International Power Plug Converter UK Plug Adapter Kits with Dual USB Ports Worldwide All in One AC Wall Outlet Charger Adapters for UK, US, AU, Europe & Asia

Travel Gadget: Luggage Scale, Stainless Steel Backlight LCD Display Digital Hanging Luggage Weight Scale

One most useful and practical travel accessories : Travel Adapter 
One most useful and practical travel accessories 2020 : Travel Adapter  – Digital Scale

Travel Adapter  —  Luggage Scale


Travel Alarm Clock 

Travel Alarm Clock with Calendar & Temperature – Battery Included

Travel Toothbrush

One most useful and practical travel accessories Travel Toothbrush

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Travel Toothbrush – Travel Alarm Clock – Travel Gadget 2020

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Travel Outdoor Gear: Multitools

Leatherman – Victorinox – Multi-Tools –Multipurpose Outdoor Survival Portable

Multitools 20 most useful travel accessories in 2019
Multitools : travel accessories 2020


Shavers for Women & Men

Shavers for Women & Men - l Travel Gadgets 2020

Shavers for Women & Men – l Travel Gadget 2020


Travel Gadgets Blood Pressure 

Fitness Travel Gadgets
Fitness & Heath Travel Gadgets 2020

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Luggage & Travel Carry On

Luggage Carry On Expandable Suitcase With Spinner Wheels

Luggage & Travel Gear 20 most useful travel accessories in 2019 2020
Luggage & Travel Gear 2019 2020


Travel Gadget 2020:  Hiking Shoes

Travel Hiking Shoes Boots Leather Walking Sneakers for Outdoor, Trekking, Training & Casual

Hiking & Trekking Boots : Travel Waterproof Hiking Boot – Columbia – Hi Tec – Timberland – Salomon

Hiking Shoes - travel accessories 2020
Hiking Shoes – travel Gadget 2020

 


Luggage Cover

Travel Luggage Protective Covers for 26″-30″ Suitcase Elastic

Luggage Cover - Suitcase - Travel Gadgets 2020
Luggage Cover – Suitcase -Travel Gadgets 2020

 


Fragrance Atomizer

Sen7 Twist Lockable Refillable Fragrance Atomizer

 Refillable Fragrance Atomizer - Travel Gadgets 2020
Refillable Fragrance Atomizer – Travel Gadgets 2020

Travel Jewelry Organizer

Jewelry Roll Travel Case Bag for Women, Storage for Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets

Travel Jewelry Organizer - Travel Gadgets 2020
Travel Jewelry Organizer – Travel Gadgets 2020


Power Bank

To provide power to your travel devices, up to 89800 mah

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Wireless Car Charger

iPhone X/XS MAX/XR/XS/8/8 Plus Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+/S8/S8+/S7/S6 Edge Plus Note 9/8/7/6 Automatic Clamping Luxury Fast Wireless Charger 10W 7,5W 5W+Qi Enabled Phone

 

Car Charger

 

Double Layer Electronic Organizer

Travel Gadget Storage Bag for Cables, Mini Changer, Plug and More, Perfect Size Fits for Tablet, iPad Air, iPad Mini

Case Organizer - Travel Gadgets 2020
Case Organizer – Travel Gadgets 2020


Mobile WiFi Hotspot & Power Bank Global SIM

Unlimited Data –Global SIM-Free 4G LTE –Pay-as-You-go –Coverage in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia

travel gadgets 2019- WiFi Hotspot & Power Bank Global SIM

  • Your Portable Global Hub: Travel the world with Skyroam’s super fast global 4G LTE hotspot with embedded power bank, one pocket-sized solution for all your WiFi needs.
  • Long-Lasting: Stay online all day long with 16+ hours of battery life. Keep your gadgets charged on-the-go with the 6000 mAh power bank.
  • Instant coverage in 130+ countries: Skyroam’s unique virtual SIM automatically connects you to the best speeds at top destinations in Europe, The Americas, Asia, Africa & Australia.
  • Simple, Cost-Saving Pricing: Get UNLIMITED data anywhere around the globe for just $9 per day pass. Buy day passes only when you need them!
  • Secure & Shareable: Encrypted connection for 5 devices. Keep your smartphone, tablet, laptop and reader online simultaneously.

Travel Storage bags – no pump needed

Vacuum space saver compression,

FIT UP TO 3x MORE ON YOUR TRIP: Increase space in your suitcase or carry on with premium space saving bags. To use simply place clothes, comforter, or fabric, close the bag sealer, and start rolling beginning form the zipper. The air will exit from the bottom of the bags until you fabric reaches maximum compression. Buy on Amazon.com

Storage Bag - Travel Gadgets 2020
Storage Bag – Travel Gadgets 2020


Archie Mcphee Instant underpants

Just add water one pair

Instant Underpants - Travel Gadgets 2020
Instant Underpants – Travel Gadgets 2020

Waterproof Video Sunglasses

Video Sunglases - Travel Gadgets 2020
Video Sunglases – Travel Gadgets 2020

Camera Sunglasses  IP66 Level Water Protection. ULTRA HD 1080P VIDEO RECORDING: 1080P Ultra Full HD Resolution Video with Audio.  US Safety Lens Standard ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015 Impact Resistant for Eye and Face Protection, 100% UV400 Protection Polarized Lens with FDA Drop Bell Lens for all Kinds of Outdoor Sports.  The Battery Recording 60 Minutes for One Charge.Recording. 32GB Memory. 5 Hours Video Info. 


Everything You Need  for Extreme  Experiences

This survival equipment has all the tools that a person needs in extreme conditions. This survival kit includes a lighter, survival bracelet, scraper, carabiner, Swiss stainless steel card, tactile flashlight, emergency blanket, whistle, tactical ballpoint pen, wood cutter, compass and black box.

Outdoor Survival Gear - Travel Gadgets 2020
Outdoor Survival Gear – Travel Gadgets 2020


Travel Gadget: Shower Speaker Waterproof

Great for Outdoors and Shower.The silicone cases and interface design ensure Shockproof, Dustproof ,level up to IPX5, can be used for shower or outdoor (DO NOT immerse it into water)

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Best Digital Cameras

Sony – Canon – Panasonic – Olympus – Nikon – Kodak

Travel gadget 2020 - Photo Cameras
Travel gadget 2020 – Photo Cameras


Micro SD Cards & Pen drive

64GB to 400GB – Samsung – SandiskMemory Cards & Pen drive - 20 most useful travel accessories in 2019


Travel Women Accessories: Makeup

Makeup Case – Professional Cosmetic Makeup Bag Organizer, Accessories Case, Tools case

Travel Makeup 20 most useful travel accessories in 2019

 

Travel Gadget: TSA Luggage Locks

3 Digit Combination Padlock Codes

TSA Lock travel gadget 2020
TSA Lock travel gadget 2020

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Travel accessories: Hiking Poles

Hiking Poles – 2-pc Pack Adjustable Hiking or Walking Sticks – Strong, Lightweight Aluminum

 

Hiking Poles- Travel Gadgets 2020
Hiking Poles- Travel Gadgets 2020

BestTravel Gadget: Flashligth

Adjustable Focus Mini Tactical Flashlight Torch

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Traveller gear: First Aid Kit

Camping 6 Outdoor gear : Compact First Aid Kit 

Hard Shell Case for Hiking, Camping, Travel, Car

First Aids 20 most useful travel accessories in 2019


Travel Clothing

Travel Jacket for Women & Men, 

Clothes 20 most useful travel accessories in 2019


Travel gadget 2020: Compression Socks

Other useful travel gadget for Women & Men

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Travel gadgets 2020 star: Collapsible Water Bottle

Other useful travel gear:  Perfect for Outdoor & Travel

| Leak Proof | BPA Free | Food-Grade Silicone – 14oz 

Lightweight collapsible design allows for quick & easy storage while traveling or adventuring outdoors. Easily clips to backpacks, purses, dog leashes, sport bags, and much more.

Collapsible Water Bottle gadget 2020
Collapsible Water Bottle travel gadget 2020

 

Women’s  Hiking Rain Jacket

Lightweight Waterproof Long Raincoat Hood

Travel Gadgets 2020- Waterproof Long -Raincoat Hood
Travel Gadgets 2020- Waterproof Long -Raincoat Hood

 


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50 most useful travel accessories in 2020

Most importantly: Quick dry towels, Smart bags, Dehumid underwear, Anti-sand blankets, Motorized luggage that follow a yard to its owner. Folding eyeglasses. Portable sanitary equipment. There are many more accessories to review in the next post.

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CDC 2020: Eat and Drink

Eat and Drink Safely for  Travelers – CDC 2020 Recommendations

These are some recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to consume Eat and Drink Safely for Travelers For more information you can consult directly with the official page that you detail below

CDC  2020
CDC  2020

Unclean food and water can cause travelers diarrhea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.

CDC 2020: Eat Safely

  • Food that is cooked and served hot
  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
  • Pasteurized dairy products

Don’t Eat

  • Food served at room temperature
  • Food from street vendors
  • Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
  • Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
  • Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
  • Unpasteurized dairy products

Food Tips to keep in mind

  • Thawed foods that still have ice crystals can be re-frozen or cooked. If not, throw them away.
  • The following should be done with food or containers that may have been in contact with contaminated water
CDC  2020: Eat and Drink Safely for Travelers
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You should also not eat foods that have these characteristics

  •  Foods that have unusual smell, color or texture.
  • Canned foods or containers that are swollen, open or dented.
  • Foods that are not in airtight containers or cans
  • Canned food at home
  • Food in packages with screw cap failures, snap caps, indented caps, half-screw caps, flip caps and caps that
    open with button.
CDC  2020: Eat and Drink Safely for Travelers
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Drink Safely

  • Bottled water that is sealed
  • Water that has been disinfected
  • Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Hot coffee or tea
  • Pasteurized milk

Don’t Drink

  • Tap or well water
  • Ice made with tap or well water
  • Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
  • Unpasteurized milk

Never Drink water

If you do not know if it is suitable for consumption.

  •  Never wash dishes, eating utensils, toys or other objects if  It does not know if the water used is suitable for consumption.
  •  Never bathe if you do not know if the water used is suitable for consumption.
  •  Never cook with water if you do not know if it is suitable for consumption.
  •  Never brush your teeth with water if you don’t know if the water used is Suitable for consumption.
  •  Never make ice with water if you don’t know if the water used is suitable for consume.

Eat and Drink Safely for Travelers: For more info CDC Official Site

CONTACT CDC :  1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: 888-232-6348 Email CDC-INFO

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US History of Tourism: First Coast to Coast Flight 1929 – Transcontinental Air Transport

US History of Tourism – The Lindbergh Line – First Coast to Coast Flight – Transcontinental Air Transport – TAT –  Ford Tri-Motor

US History of Tourism: Transcontinental Air Transport – TAT

US History of Tourism, first coast to coast flight: Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) was an airline founded in 1928 by Clement Melville Keys that merged in 1930 with Western Air Express to form what became TWA.  

The Transcontinental Air Transport airline was like “The Lindbergh Line” and the idea began in the months after the 1927 transatlantic flight of Charles Lindbergh. The main sponsors of this commercial airline were:

STOKES COLLECTION 1934 American Classics / 16.5" x 11" . Ford Trimotor - Amazon.com Poster Vintage
Stokes Collection 1934 American Classics / 16.5″ x 11″ . Ford Trimotor – Amazon.com Poster Vintage
  • Charles Lindbergh,
  • Harold Bixby,
  • Henry Breckinridge,
  • Harry Knight
  • Commander William Robertson

They set out to unite the coasts of the Atlantic and the Pacific, between the cities of New York and Los Angeles

TAT investors were: The Curtiss companies, the Wright Aeronautical Corporation, the Atchison Railroad, Topeka and Santa Fe plus five investment banks. In the spring of 1928, the group formed Transcontinental Air Transport, Inc., with Clement Melville Keys (Curtiss) as chairman and a board of directors composed of representatives of major investors.

History of Tourism: Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor TAT - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
History of Tourism: Ford Tri-Motor  5 AT  – Pic: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (1)

Charles Lindbergh Chairman of TAT Technical Committee

Charles Lindbergh became Chairman of the TAT Technical Committee. The Lindbergh Technical team designed the air route to follow. They chose 10 cities spaced between the coasts: Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind .; St. Louis, Mo .; Kansas City, Kan .; Wichita, Kan .; Waynoka, Okla .; Clovis, NM; Albuquerque, NM; Winslow, Ariz .; and Glendale, California.

Transcontinental Air Transport bought or rented sites for airports. Pilots and mechanics were also hired, coordinated airline and rail schedules. They also directed the construction of runways, airport terminals and weather stations.

TAT tested the schedules of the stops between June 20 and July 6, 1929. Several pracytical trips and training with teams and personnel were made. Before the first client traveled, almost 50,000 test miles were recorded. Also transported 261 passengers through the different sections of the TAT route to make sure everything was ready.

US History of Tourism: Ford Trimotor 5-AT

The plane chosen by Lindbergh was the Ford TriMotor. According to Lindbergh, the Ford had more power and better maintenance than any other aviom. The Ford Tri-Motor was popularly dubbed the “Tin Goose”. Its corrugated metal fuselage looked like a tin washboard, and his body seemed to crawl on the ground like the belly of a goose.

Ford Tri-Motor - EAA Aviation Center 
Ford Tri-Motor – EAA Aviation Center  – 3000 Poberezny Road – Oshkosh, WI 54902 (7) – Book Fly

Having three engines made flying on that plane safer than on other planes of that time. If one or maybe two engines stop running in flight, the TriMotor could land safely with only one of the two engines. The plane’s cabin could accommodate a maximum of 10 passengers. The plane had been built to transport more people but Transcontinental Air Transport dismantled six seats to leave the place for a kitchen.

A very narrow corridor ran through the center of the passenger cabin. Next to each seat was a window covered with velvet curtains. Each passenger had their own reading lamp and also an electric lighter with an ashtray. The seats were adjustable to three positions and resembled more common splinters than the current asintos of an airplane. The Ford TriMotor had a top speed of 110 miles per hour.

First Coast to Coast Flight: Inauguration Day in NYC 

 On July 7, 1929, transcontinental travel began. He initially offered a 48-hour coast-to-coast travel (night trains and day planes on several flights). The first Passengers had to board, first, a night train to take them to the airport in Columbus, Ohio (today is John Glenn International Airport), 850 miles away.

Ford Tri-Motor "City of New York" at hall NYC Pennsylvania station, - US History of Tourism - TAT - Lindbergh Line - First Coast to Coast Flight
Ford Tri-Motor “City of New York” at hall NYC Pennsylvania station, – US History of Tourism – TAT – Lindbergh Line – First Coast to Coast Flight 1929

At the NYC Pennsylvania station, a Ford Tri-Motor called City of New York was in the hall. He was taken for the occasion and was Christening by Amelia Earhart. After the speeches, passengers boarded The Airway Limited on Platform 15, and the train departed to Columbus  at 6:05 pm

First Day:  New York to Waynoka

Because The city’s Union Station was located in the city center, TAT built its own train station and terminal at the Columbus airport. Thus, the transfer from train to plane was faster and more comfortable for passengers.  It was a cloudy day with light rain that fell in Columbus on July 8, 1929. Passengers who arrived at the new Columbus Penn train station walked down a gangway to the Ford Tri-Motors aircraft.

The plan was for two Tri-Motors to take off at the same time and move together across the continent. The Ford Tri-Motor chosen were the so-called City of Columbus and the City of Wichita. 

Pennsylvania Railroad - Coast to Coast 48 hs
Pennsylvania Railroad – Coast to Coast 48 hs

The list of passengers who boarded that day the Ford Tri-Motor aircraft were (2)

The passengers on the City of Columbus Plane:

  • Colonel Edgar S. Correll (President, Stutz Motor Company, IN)
  • Paul Henderson. Jr. (Colonel Henderson’s son)
  • Stay Brainerd (Associated Newspapers. NYC)
  • S.W. Higgins (Dennison Manufacturing Company, MA)
  • U. Grant Border (U.S. Border & Sons. NYC)
  • J.W. Brennan, (Central Traffic Manager. TAT)
  • Daniel M. Shafer (Chief of Passenger Transportation. Pennsylvania Railroad)
  • Albert A Garthwaite. (Vice President. Lee Tire Company. PA)

The passengers on the City of Wichita Plane  :

  • Charles Tice (Fox Movietone News and Equipment)
  • Carl Larsen (Fox Movietone News and Equipment)
  • William Chaplin (Associated Press. NYC)
  • Miss M.A. Salomon (Chamber of Commerce. Brooklyn. NY)
  • Mn. John T. Litch (Boston. MA)
  • E.E. Greiner (Springfield. OH) William James Bryant (Nation’s Business. D.C.)
  • Mn. George P. Putnam (NYC) Mn. F.C. Kenney (Indianapolis. IN)

Carl Larsen and Charles, members of Fox Movietone, filmed the historic TAT inaugural trip across the United States. The film still exists and it’s very interesting to view (here) this documented trip across the continent. 

Liberty Aviation Museum's 1928 Ford Tri-Motor "City of Port Clinton"/"City of Wichita" stopped off in Winslow, Arizona
Liberty Aviation Museum’s (6) 1928 Ford Tri-Motor “City of Port Clinton”/”City of Wichita” stopped off in Winslow, Arizona at the Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport

After the two Ford Tri-Motor departed, Mr. T.B. Clement, the General Traffic Manager of Transcontinental Air Transport , hosted a breakfast in the TAT hangar. Important guests that attended the start of the inaugural flights and the celebration breakfast included

  • Henry Ford. ( Chairman of Ford Motor Company)
  • Eckel Ford (Henry Ford’s  son);
  • William B. Mayo (Chief Engineer of Ford Motor Company);
  • Harvey Firestone (Firestone Tire Company).

Columbus Airport

Early in the morning , at the Columbus Airport (3), the passengers board a Ford Trimotor plane and fly to Waynoka – Oklahoma. The plane had to stop 4 times to refuel before arriving in Oklahoma. There they boarded another night train on the Santa Fe Railroad for a trip to Clovis, New Mexico. On the train they spent the night and arrived at the next airport.

Columbus Airport - Transcontinental Air Transport - First Coast to Coast Flight - US History of Tourism - indbergh Line
Columbus Airport – Transcontinental Air Transport – First Coast to Coast Flight – US History of Tourism – indbergh Line

Around noon, the TAT flight stops in St. Louis, where pilots who had flown from Columbus were replaced by a new flight crew. TAT limited the flight time of its pilots to no more than five hours in the air in a single day. A TAT pilot earned more than $ 12,000 a year, more than double the salaries that most pilots earned at that time.

St. Louis to Kansas City: Lunch on Board

In the stage of St. Louis to Kansas City the passengers were served lunch. Ford trimotor stabilized, the service on board served some aluminum trays with napkin and tablecloth. The food was chicken, cheese and egg salad sandwiches, a pickle and salt. A piece of cake, an apple and a banana were also served. To accompany the meals the option was milk or coffee.

In Kansas City there was another technical stop, where any nervous passenger had the option of making a train connection. From Kansas City, the air route followed the Santa Fe rail route to the next stop in Wichita. Leaving Wichita, the trip to Waynoka was only 117 flight miles.

Landing in Waynoka

At Landing in Waynoka, TAT passengers are driven by car to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe train station. There at dinner will be the Harvey House restaurant. The food was five stars;

  • Blue knitted oysters
  • Duck Salmi,
  • Prairie Chicken with Redcurrant Jam
  • Pickled lamb tongue.

At 8 pm, TAT service personnel accompanied passengers to a special railroad car (The Missionary) bound for Clovis. The train left Waynoka at 11 p.m. through western Oklahoma and northern Texas. He stopped in the cities of Woodward, Shattuck, Canadian, Miami and Amarillo. In Clovis, passengers had breakfast  in other  Harvey House, when they arrived at the City

Shedules Transcontinental Air Transport - First Coast to Coast Flight - US History of Tourism
Shedules Transcontinental Air Transport – First Coast to Coast Flight – US History of Tourism

Second Day: Clovis to Los Angeles

First Coast to Coast Flight: From the Clovis train station, a car drove passengers to the Clovis terminal “Portair” five miles west of the city. The departure of the plane was scheduled for 8:10 AM. The plane took off and reached the height of 8,000 feet. Passengers expect a trip with three stopovers to refuel before reaching their final destination. The name of  Ford Tri-Motor is “City of Wichita,”

Albuquerque was the first stop on the second day of flight. After the stopover, a light lunch was served and the service was withdrawn before arriving at the Continental Division. The most dangerous part of the trip, the flight from Albuquerque to Kingman through Winslow, was also the most picturesque.

In the late afternoon, the TAT Ford Tri-Motor approaches through the Cajon Pass between the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains in California. Approaching Glendale Airport, their final destination, the plane slid over Pasadena, north of Los Angeles. Also about Hollywood and movie studios.

Coast to Coast Travel: Inauguration Day in Los Angeles

The same day at Grand Central Air Terminal near Los Angeles, two Ford Tri-Motor were christened. The TAT Tri-Motors were the Ciry of Los Angeles and the City of Philadelphia. Mary Pidcford christened the City of Los Angeles, and Gloria Swanson christened the Ciry of Philadelphia.

A huge crowd of approximately 30,000 turned out for the christening and viewed the historic beginning of transcontinental service to the east.

Charles Lindbergh piloted the City of Los Angeles on its inaugural travel to the east. (2)

Lindbergh Line - First Coast to Coast Flight 1929
Lindbergh Line – First Coast to Coast Flight 1929

Passengers on the City of Los Angeles Plane:

  • A.L. Rocklcin (LA Examiner)
  • T. Delapp (LA lima)
  • Jack Scanlon (Los Angeles)
  • M.D. Schatrman (Los Angeles)
  • Thomas B. Eastland (San Francisco. Director TAT)
  • R.W. Millar (Los Angeles)
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Wife of Charles Lindbergh)
  • Major C.C. Moseley (Vice President, TAT)
  • Dr. W.J. Furie (Long Beach. California)

The passengers on the City of Philadelphia Plane

  • Albert Hitchin (Insurance Broker, Los Angeles)
  • R.K. Rochester (Vice President, Pennsylvania Railroad)
  • Mrs. R.K. Rochester Charles Walker (Fox News, Los Angeles)
  • Miss Velva Darling (Los Angeles)
  • John B. Austin (President. Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles)
  • Turner Wills (Los Angeles)
Transcontinental Air Transport - US History of Tourism
Transcontinental Air Transport

Charles Lindbergh that day flew the plane “City of Los Angeles” to Winslow, Arizona. From there, the next day on July 9, Charles Lindbergh flew the City of Philadelphia, back to Los Angeles. With the return flight, traveled Amelia Earhart and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

A curiosity: Upon arrival in Los Angeles (Glendale) there was a second christening of the  Ford Trimotor City of Philadelphia. Again Gloria Swanson, movie star, christening for the second time the City of Philadelphia. Some 20,000 people attended the second christening of the plane that had just completed the first voyage of the transcontinental passenger airline.

During the first month of TAT ( Lindbergh Line) operations, 153 passengers traveled the entire route. Also 280 passengers made shorter trips between intermediate points. TAT reported that its passenger transport capacity index was 37 percent. 99.4 percent of scheduled miles were completed. The planes flew 113,240 of the planned 113,957 miles. The number of passengers and miles traveled increased during the following months.

Maddux AirLine - US History of Tourism - TAT - Lindbergh Line - Ford Tri-Motor T - Transcontinental Air Transport
Maddux AirLine – US History of Tourism – TAT – Lindbergh Line – Ford Tri-Motor T – Transcontinental Air Transport

Two Air Crash in Five Months

On September 3, 1929,Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-21B NC 9647 “City of San Francisco”, westbound TAT flight crashed into Mt. Taylor in New Mexico. “All passengers and crew aboard died. The Associated Press said it was the first plane crash on a regular commercial land route. The September accident was the first of three serious accidents for TAT in the next five months. It was the first disaster of a commercial airline.

On January 19, 1930 TAT Flight Number 7, Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-C crashed north of Oceanside, California. The plane encountered rain, low clouds, fog, and possibly engine problems, Flying from the races at Agua Caliente, near Tijuana, Mexico to Los Angeles.

The left wing struck the ground, slamming the aircraft into the ground, which subsequently caught fire. The pilots and all 14 passengers aboard died in the crash. Charles Lindbergh, as chairman of TAT technical committee, was involved in the investigation.

TAT & Western Air Express

After the first accident many of the Transcontinental Air Transport passengers chose the train. TAT began offering more services on board, but they had no effect. The fall of the stock market in October 1929 plus the second accident, put Transcontinental Air Transport on the verge of Bankruptcy

TAT - Lindbergh Line - Capital Stock - Transcontinental Air Transport
TAT – Lindbergh Line – Capital Stock – Transcontinental Air Transport

The government offered airlines long-term mail contracts in exchange for buying larger and safer airplanes for passenger transport.Transcontinental Air Transport, which did not carry mail, merged with Western Air Express, which already had a contract with the government. The merger was announced on October 25, 1930. The company that later became TWA stopped operating its train service. From that moment on, the entire route began to fly with only one night stop in Kansas City..

US History of Tourism - TAT - Lindbergh Line - Ford Tri-Motor T
US History of Tourism – TAT – Lindbergh Line – Ford Tri-Motor T

Ford Tri-Motor Today

At present there are almost 18 Ford Trimotor among those that are in operation, restoration and exhibition in museums. We will deal with this later in another note.

Air Museum - US History of Tourism - TAT - Lindbergh Line - Ford Tri-Motor T City of Wichita
Pic: Air Museum Guide – US History of Tourism – TAT – Lindbergh Line – Ford Tri-Motor T City of Wichita (9)

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Tips of  First Coast to Coast Flight:  US History of Tourism – TAT

  • The one-way fare from New York to Los Angeles was $ 352. It would be worth about $ 5,000 in 2019
  • The trip lasted 48 hours – Train  & Ford Trimotor
  • The height of the flight was 8,000 feet.
  • People made fun of the airline abbreviation (TAT) interpreting it as “Take A Train”
  • The trip was a hard physical endurance test
  • TAT was also called The Lindbergh Line

Sources First Coast to Coast Flight 

  1. The Smithsonian Air & Space
  2. Flying In lingbergh Line – Robert F kirk 
  3. The Building of an Airport : Port Columbus Robert F kirk 
  4. Journal American Aviation Historical Society
  5. The Smithsonian  Ford Plane
  6. Liberty aviation museum.org
  7. EAA Aviation Center  – 3000 Poberezny Road – Oshkosh, WI 54902
  8. Palm Springs Air Museum
  9. Air Museum Guide

The Building of an Airport: Port Columbus: “America’s Greatest Air Harbor” 1929 de [Kirk, Robert F.]

Flying the Lindbergh Line: Then & Now: (Transcontinental Air Transport’S Historic Aviation Vision) de [Kirk, Robert F.]
Ford Tri-Motor – Flying the Lindbergh Line: Then & Now: ( Transcontinental Air Transport   Historic Aviation Vision) de [Kirk, Robert F.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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