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2020 Mileage Rate Change

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the standard mileage reimbursement rate for employee travel will be 57.5 cents per mile, down .5 cents a mile from 2019.

Real ID information for Domestic Air Travelers

Beginning on October 1, 2020, the Federal Real ID Act will be enforced and travelers who choose to use a state-issued driver’s license as a source of identification for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport checkpoints will need to ensure they are compliant with Real ID.

To better prepare your travelers for the Real ID Act and help them fully understand its requirements, please share the information below with your travelers:

Important Information for Domestic Air Travelers

The Federal Real ID Act imposes stricter security requirements for state-issued driver’s licenses and other forms of identification, and it will take effect on October 1, 2020. Once the Real ID Act is in place, every air traveler will need to provide Real ID-compliant identification in order to board domestic flights.

How do I know if I have a Real ID?

Check and see if the upper right corner of your license contains a star inside of a circle (or for California residents, a star on a golden bear). If it does, your license is certified as Real ID, and no further action is required. If you are unsure if your license is Real ID-compliant, please consult the Department of Homeland Security website at www.dhs.gov/real-id.

How do I obtain a Real ID?

You will need to go to your DMV and present an appropriate form of identification as defined by your state. For state-specific details, visit www.dhs.gov/real-id and select your state. You will be redirected to your state’s DMV website where you can find further information.

What happens if I do not have Real ID after October 1, 2020?

Beginning on October 1, 2020, any individual with a driver’s license that is not Real ID-compliant will need to present another acceptable form of identification, such as a valid U.S. passport, in order to board domestic flights.

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IMPORTANT NEW TRAVEL ALERT!

FAA Bans Recalled MacBook Pros from All Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is explicitly banning certain MacBook Pro models on flights (both as cargo or carry-ons) because of faulty lithium batteries that pose a fire risk. Banned models include 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between September, 2015 and February, 2017.

The mandate is not unlike the FAA’s ban of the infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone. Unlike Samsung’s Note 7, however, which had distinct design characteristics to set it apart from other phones, there’s no easy way to tell at a glance which MacBook Pros should be stopped: a 15-inch 2015 MacBook Pro that has a problematic recalled lithium battery looks just like a 15-inch 2015, 2016 or 2017 model that doesn’t.

It’s not immediately known how many MacBook Pros will be affected by the ban. About 432,000 MacBook Pros with faulty batteries were sold in the U.S., while an additional 26,000 were sold in Canada.

Some international carriers also have banned MacBook Pros. Four airlines with cargo operations managed by Total Cargo Expertise—TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy and Air Transat—have likewise recently barred these laptops from flying as cargo.

Actual enforcement of the FAA ban will inevitably prove problematic, since the only means of identifying affected MacBook Pros is through the device’s serial number. Because of this, Bloomberg reports, “It’s unclear what efforts will, if any, be made at U.S. airports.” That said, arbitrary confiscation of all MacBook Pros remains a possibility unless travelers can provide verification that their laptop is not among the affected units.

To ensure that you travel safely and that your laptop is not arbitrarily confiscated, visit Apple's recall page (please see link below) and enter your unit’s serial number (found by clicking the small Apple logo in the upper-left corner of the menu bar and then clicking "About This Mac").

https://support.apple.com/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall  If your unit is not at issue, print and take validation from the Apple website to the airport with your laptop!

Travel expense reports must be submitted within 30 days of the end of the travel event.

The Travel Office at Binghamton University is charged with verifying that Travel Authorizations (R&A's) and New York State Travel Vouchers comply with the State Comptroller's travel manual and policies. This office issues travel advances and processes travel payments. It is within this office's purview to request documentation or justification necessary to support state-funded travel expenditures.