More Posts On: Safety and Security

Reminder: 3 Ways to Avoid Being the Victim of Pickpockets

Mere seconds is all the time that is needed for a pickpocket to suddenly ruin your trip — and hours, days or even weeks of time could elapse until you are finally back to some semblance of normal, as by the time you realize that you became the victim of a pickpocket, he or she is already long gone.

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Electronics Ban No Longer Applies to These Five Airlines — But…

The “aviation security enhancements” — which is known more popularly and appropriately as an electronics ban — became effective on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 with which all personal electronic devices larger than a mobile telephone were required to be placed and secured in checked baggage at ten airports from which flights depart for the United States, as they were no longer permitted in carry-on luggage or other accessible property in any passenger cabin aboard airplanes on the affected flights.

As first mentioned in this article pertaining to Royal Jordanian Airlines — from which the news of the electronics ban was first leaked…

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Cash Stolen From Passenger By Transportation Security Administration Agent?

“Whether I’ll proactively remove my wallet from my pocket is another matter. It’s absurd that one would ever be forced to part with one’s money. There are airports in the world where I wouldn’t trust all the contents to reemerge. And putting them in a locked bag pocket isn’t much help, since there are agents who have a problem with my keeping my eye on my bag at all times.”

Seth — who is a reader of The Gate — posted this comment in response to this article pertaining to…

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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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