More Posts On: Safety and Security

Stupid Tip of the Day: Take Every Questionable Item Out at Airport Security Checkpoints

Going through the usual procedure at an airport security checkpoint, the agent of the Transportation Security Administration is suddenly alarmed by the machine — and you find out that the belt buckle or the watch or a coin is the culprit when walking through the body scanner.

“I have been through hundreds of airport security checkpoints; and this item has never alarmed before,” you might say to the agent — but that statement is of no use at that moment, which is already too late. Now you get a “free pat-down” and endure an invasive search which…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: NEVER Let Anyone In Your Hotel Room

“One late evening in Thailand I got on a hotel elevator and a man in a suit got on behind me. He punched a floor number higher than mine, but got off with me on my floor, where he claimed to be security. He stated that he believed I had an unregistered guest in my room and insisted on looking in. So I let him, where he found no one.”

The narrative posted by…

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The Mistrust of Security Procedures and Protocol — One Possible Reason

We passed through the metal detectors at the security checkpoint of the ballpark with no problem when an employee rushed up to my friend and outright demanded him to open his shopping bag to view the contents.

“Please?!?” he responded as he stared at her incredulously — as though he was properly completing her request with the implication of not being rude and impolite.

She looked through the shopping bag and told him that…

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Can an Emotional Support Animal Be Used as a Threat?

“This is not about legitimate Service Animals, it is about the ‘emotional support’ animal fad. I have noticed these animals, mainly pets, on at least 1/3 of my flights. As last week’s Delta incident shows, they are a disaster waiting to happen. I mean, I can’t carry a screwdriver on a flight, but a passenger can carry an attack dog.”

Does…

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A Different Viewpoint on Stopping Terrorism

On Memorial Day 2017, this article was written by an officer — who has served for many years in the United States military — in response to this article on how to fight terrorism as detailed by a member of the United States Army who retired after serving 32 years with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. It was not written as a rebuttal; but rather “as a more deeply thought out message.”

Unless…

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“I Might” Expand the Electronics Ban to All International Flights To and From the United States: John Kelly

John Kelly has been appearing in various media outlets with comments pertaining to national security — and, more specifically, the former general and current secretary of the Department of Homeland Security of the United States has commented about what may be the impending ban on most electronic devices larger than a mobile telephone on all international flights to and from the United States.

“Are you going to ban laptops from the cabin on all international flights both into and out of the U.S.?” asked…

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Federal Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond earlier today refused to reinstate the revised travel ban ordered earlier this year by Donald Trump — who is the current president of the United States — stating in this official decision that it “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”

This latest setback to significantly limit travel from several predominantly Muslim countries is likely to be appealed at the Supreme Court of the United States as stated by Jeff Sessions — who is the current attorney general of the United States — according to…

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Why We Should Stop Using the Word Terrorist

As ridiculous as this may sound, people are affected by the use of certain words. For example, announcements by pilots aboard the airplanes of certain airlines over the years have switched from using the word turbulence — which causes a reaction of fear in some people — to the term rough air, which is perceived to sound less threatening.

Despite the fact that a person has a substantially greater chance of being killed…

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No Expansion of Restrictions on Electronics to Include Europe — For Now

“Seems like the conclusion is no ban but other changes may occur (I can assume we will see more aggressive gate screening of electronics)” is what FlyerTalk member NickP 1K posted — along with a link to this article from BBC News.

“US and EU officials have decided against a ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Europe”, according to…

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