International travelers flying into and out of Atlantas Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will now see a brand new look. The Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal, which opened in May 2012, puts a new face on international travel at the worlds busiest airport. The new facility will help meet the demands of increased oversees travel in the coming decades.
The first thing passengers flying out of Atlanta will notice is the new entrance to the airport. Passengers will access the new international terminal from the east side of the airport, off I-75 at Exit 239. The main terminal, which now handles only domestic flights, is still accessed from the original airport entrance off I-85. The international terminal has its own parking on that side of the airport. A free 24 hour shuttle will provide transportation between the two terminals.

Eight airlines will operate international flights out of the new facility. Those airlines are Air Canada, Air France, AirTran/Southwest, British Airways, Delta, KLM Royal Dutch, Korean Air, and Lufthansa. Atlantas airport now has 40 international gates, 12 in the new Concourse F and 28 in the existing Concourse E. Passengers are now able to fly to nearly 80 destinations in 50 countries. Following the completion of their merger, AirTran/Southwest is expected to add new routes to the Caribbean and Mexico. Other airlines are expected to add additional routes to Asia and South America.

The new terminal has an attractive design, with a sweeping roofline and soaring glass windows. The facility is LEED-certified. Passengers will notice several spectacular pieces of art, as the city requires that 1% of capital construction costs be dedicated to public art. Travelers will have a variety of dining options in the new international terminal. Choices will include sit down restaurants, a tapas bar, a gourmet market, quick food options, bars, and a Starbucks. Retail shopping outlets will include Clutch, Brookstone, The Body Shop, Touch Table, Simply Books, and Tommy Hilfiger. Business services, personal services, and Wi-Fi are also available.

There are separate security checkpoints for arriving and departing passengers. Atlanta bound travelers who are returning home will find they are no longer required to re-check their bags after clearing customs and immigration. They will be able to keep their bags and exit the airport.
Some ground transportation options, including taxis, will be available at the new terminal. A shuttle will take travelers to the rental car center. Hotel and offsite parking shuttles will pick up and drop off at the international terminal. Travelers taking the MARTA transportation will need to take the shuttle to the main terminal.

For the holidays many families go to worship. Here are some tips for including your deaf child and making it fun!
1.Work with your place of worship to have an American Sign Language interpreter for worship services and activities. Usually you have to search for an interpreter who knows the vocabulary and has experience with your worship services. These interpreters are out there, you just have to start your search early! Your place of worship should pay for the interpreter. At our church, after a while we started making the arrangements with the interpreter directly via email and phone, and the church paid the interpreter, this was more efficient and avoided miscommunications.
2.Here is a big tip: work with someone involved with the worship services to get copies of the agenda, scriptures, hymns, and sheet music or at least the words to the songs that will be performed at the service for the interpreter before the worship services. Sometimes it is difficult for the interpreter to hear/understand the words of songs someone or the choir is signing.
3.For really well attended services, arrive early so your family can sit in the front row in order to see the interpreter without obstruction. The location for the interpreter and the entire deaf persons family should be reserved by the church.
4.Include your deaf child in any holiday related activity, for example making advent wreaths etc. With good planning, the interpreter should attend these activities too.
5.If your family will be participating in worship services include your deaf child along with your other children. For example, at one Christmas service our family had to read a couple of passages of scripture. Larry signed a passage and the interpreter interpreted. Larry has a Bible for the Deaf and he signed the passage from his Bible. Again, explain to the interpreter the format of the particular worship service and get the interpreter scripture passages etc early.

From the time we moved to Massachusetts, when Larry was 10 years old, right through to Larrys high school and university years we attended the Presbyterian Church in Sudbury, MA. We were blessed to have Pastor George Saylor who did a great job of including Larry in church activities and services. Pastor Saylor and elder Doris Soule did all that was necessary to ensure that an American Sign Language interpreter was available and paid, for all church activities that Larry attended. Doris Soule gave Larry his Bible for the Deaf. We were very lucky to find Marion Butland to interpret at church activities and services.

When Larry and Amrit were expecting Raveena and starting a family we moved from the Presbyterian Church in Sudbury to Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA. Grace Chapel has a Deaf Ministry with many Deaf members and American Sign Language interpreters for church activities and worship services.

Please let us hear your holiday worship tips!

No one ever said that travelling with children was easy (well, not anyone who has actually done it), and there are endless things to worry about while on a family holiday. However, taking care of a few things before you head out on your adventures can help minimize your work and hassle while abroad on your family holiday. Travel insurance, child friendly transport and appropriate accommodation can all be researched and booked before you go.

This article offers a checklist of things to do before travelling abroad with your family.

1. Book Family Holiday Travel Insurance

Family holiday travel insurance package deals cover medical and property loss abroad and normally offers discounts over individual rates. These plans are usually quick and easy to purchase, and many can be researched and booked online.

2. See your family doctor

When travelling with your family outside of Europe, there might some vaccinations that you or your children will need to get before you go. In some cases, these vaccinations are necessary before you can even apply for a visa. You’ll also want to refill any prescription medications that you or your family need so you have enough to last the whole trip.

3. Get family friendly transport

If you’re thinking about hiring a car, reserve one large for your whole family and request whatever infant car seats, child booster seats, or other kid extras you might need ahead of time. Sometimes access to these things are limited, and having them reserved ahead of time will make it easier when you arrive.

4. Scan your travel documents

You’ll need to gather up all your family’s travel documents, scan them, and email them to yourself so that you an have electronic access to them at all times in case you need them. You should include all passports, ID cards, copies of your family holiday travel insurance, records of vaccination, doctor and emergency contact details.

5. Make family friendly accommodation arrangements

Before you book and pay for your accommodation, be sure that you’ll have access to the things you and your children need to make your stay more comfortable. This might include asking the hotel or resort to provide your room with playpens, cribs, strollers, or baby monitors. Some larger resorts even have child care services on site.

6. Camera time!

While on your trip you no doubt be making some amazing memories with your children. You’ll want to capture some of these special moments, and not having the correct camera equipment at hand could mean you may miss some. Be sure to pack extra batteries and memory cards and, if possible, try to get a waterproof case. That way you don’t have to worry about your camera falling in the hotel pool if little hands are playing with it.

Physically and mentally prepare yourself for helicopter tour Big Island and also learn some safety measures.

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First and the most important things with helicopter tour Big Island is you need to prepare yourself physically and mentally. This will help you to have comfortable ride across the island. Hawaii is the place stuffed with scenic beauty and to view it perfectly you need to be well prepared.

Hawaii tour is incomplete without helicopter ride so whenever you plan your tour to this place, do inquire about booking system of such ride. There are many people who prefer plane ride over helicopter ride in order to spend maximum time with family while viewing the beauty of place. When you are on holiday definitely you will not like to get separated with your family and so it is advisable to inquire in detail about plane ride.

What are the safety measures while planning for helicopter tour Big Island? You need to know details of safety measures in order to act tactfully during emergency situation. While planning your visit, you should go online and check out every detail related to such tour. This will help you to successfully accomplish tour at best possible rates with best possible safety measures.

Following are some of the precautions you can take while planning your helicopter tour to Hawaii:

1st precaution measure

How to lock yourself to the seat? You need to inquire about it in order to have a comfortable seat and at the same time enjoy scenic beauty with complete grace. How can you make use of first aid kit? Where it is located? How to make use of doors? You need to gain answers to above mentioned questions to face emergency situations. Where is the life jacket located? Know details of it so that it can become easy to safeguard yourself during emergency situation.

2nd precaution measure

Inquire about pre flight briefing! Don’t say that you are not going to operate helicopter and so there is no need of such briefing. Be cautious about your clothing and accessories. Anything that is loose can blow away with the wind pressure like hat, loose chain, etc. There are chances of meeting with an accident if any of the blow away items get stuck to the rotor blade. If you have anything in your pocket, then place it under your seat before the ride starts.

It is important to be safe with helicopter tour Big Island rather than facing any kind of trouble related it or plane ride.

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