Travel Safety - Part 1: Top Airport Security TipsBy Robert Siciliano September 12, 2012 | 10:00 AMPosted in: Personal Safety, Travel
another haven for criminals. In the parking lot lurks the car thief and the
mugger. Throughout the terminal are the scam artists and the pickpockets. In
the baggage claim area are the baggage thieves. The 9-11 tragedy was a humbling
event that has made all passengers much more accommodating to security
personnel and their screening methods. Follow these top airport security tips
to keep your travel experience simple:
1- Follow FAA guidelines. Dos and
don’ts for travel safety and airport security have been implemented and revised
since the 9-11 tragedy. There is no flexibility in these rules.
2- During security screening, be
alert to anyone around you who is nervous, perspiring, impatient, or
argumentative. With the new FAA orders in place, it’s common knowledge that
screening will take a while. So anyone not complying with the new rules to any
degree should raise a red flag.
3- If you must check your luggage,
wait to see it go into the “chute” after it is taken from you.
4- When booking your reservation,
get a seat at the front of the plane so you can get to baggage claim quickly.
That’s because luggage is either carried on, lost, or stolen, or—if you are
lucky—waiting at baggage claim.
5- At the airport, never accept
anything from strangers and watch your luggage. Someone may be looking for the
opportunity could hide bombs or drugs in your bags. Terrorists can conceal
plastic explosives or other lethal weapons in articles that someone would
ordinarily purchase at the terminal newsstand, such as a book, soda can, candy
bar, or magazine. Such devices can be wired with components from cell phones,
and when called from the ground moments after takeoff can trigger an explosion.
6- Ignore other people arguing and
strangers who are overly friendly. These could be staged distractions to make
it easier for a thief or pickpocket to rob you.
7- Be alert to anyone in the baggage
claim area paying undue attention to you.
8- Don’t let anyone help you with
your airport locker (if you can even find one nowadays). Someone might insert
quarters for you to appear helpful but then give you a different key without
9- Be aware of any contact with
others, even if it is a good deed they are doing. They could be setting you up.
10- Trust your gut. Instincts play a
huge role in your personal safety.
Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing ADT Pulse on Fox News Live.Disclosures
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