Too often, in these troubled days, travelers seem to encounter terrorist attacks, civil unrest or dangerous weather. Over the years I’ve dodged hurricanes while in the Caribbean, missed a bombing in Jerusalem by twenty minutes, and encountered a nasty march of strikers in Buenos Aires. It’s important for travelers to plan their trips defensively to maximize their safety, to the extent possible. Here are 15 travel safety essentials.
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Last week, far sooner than expected, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began implementing new enhanced airport security procedures for electronics.
The new procedures, rolling out over the next few months at airports across the U.S., will increase TSA’s scrutiny of carry-ons for passengers flying both domestic and international flights. Travelers in standard TSA checkpoint lines will have to remove all electronics larger than cellphones from carry-on bags and place them in separate bins for X-ray screening, with nothing above or below them.
The requirements for increased security around aircraft and in passengers’ areas are long overdue, as is the expanded use of canines. The DHS directive will likely require that new technology be deployed, such as CT scanners for carry-ons, now being tested in the U.S., but that will take time and considerable investment. For now, airport security for those flying to the U.S. will include newly required enhanced screening of air travelers and their belongings, including special attention to personal electronics.
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