More Posts On: Safety and Security

TSA Agents Immune From Being Sued Regarding Allegations of Abuse

When Nadine Pellegrino was arrested in 2006 after a physical confrontation with agents of the Transportation Security Administration at Philadelphia International Airport, she probably had no idea that the outcome of her situation would result in a divided panel of three judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruling on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 that agents of the Transportation Security Administration who operate security checkpoints at airports nationwide cannot be sued over allegations of abuse by passengers.

Pellegrino and her husband Harry Waldman were on their way traveling home to Florida with…

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Travel Alert July 2018: Port-au-Prince in Haiti

If you are traveling to, from or through Port-au-Prince in Haiti over the next few days, be aware that widespread civil unrest, violent demonstrations and crime which is currently rampantly occurring there may disrupt your travel plans.

According to this official travel advisory from the Department of State of the United States…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Watch Carefully When Overhead Storage Bin is Opened

When a member of the flight crew says “please use caution when opening overhead bins, as items may have shifted during the flight” or “be careful when opening the overhead bins, as items may fall, and please, be sure to close them tightly” or some similar verbiage during the safety announcement, heed that warning by watching carefully if an overhead storage bin located above you is opened at any time.

A metal bottle fell and struck…

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Driving in Georgia? Do Not Touch That Mobile Telephone. What You Need to Know

If you are driving within the state of Georgia, know that a strict new law pertaining to the use of a mobile telephone in conduction with the operation of a motor vehicle is now in effect as of Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Vehicle traffic crashes, fatalities and bodily injury have increased significantly in the state of Georgia in recent years. The vast majority of these increases have…

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Powders to Be Further Restricted By Transportation Security Administration on International Flights To the United States

If you are traveling on an international flight to the United States and are carrying a “powder-like substance” in a container which is at least 12 ounces, you will be required to place it in checked baggage effective as of Saturday, June 30, 2018, as you may experience a more extensive screening process; and you should prepare for additional screening of your property and personal electronic devices.

This new restriction may be considered…

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Why Did Hotel Security Knock on My Door at 4:39 in the Morning?

After being involved with ZorkFest 2018 for the entire day — and it was a long day — I retired for the night in my hotel room at approximately 11:30 in the evening; and I was mostly packed for my flight back to Atlanta.

In bed and unconscious to the world — or so I thought — I heard a rapid succession of knocks which were faint enough for me to think that either I was dreaming it; or that they were for a different room.

I looked at the clock next to the bed. 4:39. Who is knocking at 4:39 in the morning — and why?

After a moment…

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Two Years of Free Credit Monitoring Offered by Delta Air Lines Resulting From Cyber Incident

Delta Air Lines is offering you two years of free consumer protection services if you believe that your personal financial information was compromised as a result of what the airline called a “cyber incident” between Tuesday, September 26, 2017 and Thursday, October 12, 2017 — during which certain payment information from customers of Delta Air Lines may have been breached.

Although Delta Air Lines…

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