17 Ways to Keep Safe and Secure When Flying

Written by Michelle Annese


Here are 17 ways to keep safe and secure when flying domestic or abroad. Air travelers need to keep a sharp eye and an ever present focus on whatís going on around them. Even though it has been a few years sincerepparttar September 11th 2001 hijackings,repparttar 143714 threat of terrorist actions against air travelers is still ever present. Not to mention withrepparttar 143715 hustle and bustle of a busy airport. This is a prime place to be potentially burglarized by a professional thief or criminal.

1. Keep Your Photo Identification Handy. If you do not have photo identification, make sure you have two pieces of some other form of identification, one of which must be issued by a government authority. Minors are not obligated to have identification. Failure to have proper identification may result in additional security inspection and search. Some airlines may also prohibit you from boarding without proper ID. For international flights, airlines are required to collect your full name and ask you for a contact name and phone number.

2. Give Yourself Some Extra Time During busy hours, or when traveling. With elderly or disabled passengers, young children or infants, give yourself more than enough time to maneuver through a busy airport or to make necessary arrangements with airport personnel.

3. Do Not Park Your Vehicle and Left Unattended in Front ofrepparttar 143716 Terminal. The airport parking rules are being strictly enforced and your vehicle may be very swiftly ticketed and towed. So make sure to park in well-lit, designated areas. Find a parking garage or lot you are comfortable with and is well populated.

4. Know What You Have with You. Watch your bags all throughoutrepparttar 143717 airport terminal, shops, and lavatories. Donít accept packages from strangers or persons who you might have a casual conversation with. Be prepared to answer questions about who packed your bags and whether you might have left them unattended at any time. Focus carefully and answer honestlyóprevious history has shown terrorists and criminals use unaware passengers to carry bombs or other dangerous devices on board an aircraft, either by deceiving passengers into carrying packages or by slipping items into unprotected bags. If youíre unsure, make it known to airport security personnel.

5. Beware of Unattended Packages. If you see an unattended package, bag or piece of luggage inrepparttar 143718 terminal, report it torepparttar 143719 airport security staff or other airport personnel immediately.

6. Donít Fool Around. Donít joke about having a bomb, firearm or weapon with you. Security personnel are trained to react when they hear these words. Punishment can be harsh and can includerepparttar 143720 possibility of time in prison and/or large penalties and fines.

7. Anticipate Having Your Bag and Luggage Searched. Both carry-on and checked bags are subject to being hand-searched, especially when airline security personnel cannot determine by X-ray machinesrepparttar 143721 contents of one. Keep gifts unwrapped until after you arrive at your destination. Airline security personnel will open it if X-ray machines are unable to identifyrepparttar 143722 contents.

8. Leave Behind Firearms and Hazardous Products at Home. Many hazardous products are not allowed on aircraft. Donít pack or carry firearms, fireworks, flammable materials, household cleaners, or pressurized containers. Violations of hazardous materials regulations can have harsh civil penalties, as well as possible national legal action taken against you.

Seven Solo Backpacking Tips

Written by Steve Gillman


Solo backpacking means peace and quiet. No one to talk to means no words are put between you andrepparttar beauty around you. The miles just flow. It's entirely up to you to say when you eat or take a break. Want to jump in that alpine lake? It's your decision alone. It's a unique experience.

A solo backpacker also is vulnerable. Twist your ankle, and there's nobody there to help you. Have you ever been stuck alone without food for days? How can you make your solo backpacking trip safe? You can't. It's inherently more dangerous to go alone intorepparttar 143679 wilderness. What you can do though, is make it safer.

Some Solo Backpacking Tips

1. Tell someone where you'll be, and when you expect to return. It's probably best if you leave a map with them, and let them know who to call if you don't return on time.

2. Bring a cell phone. I don't do this yet myself, but many lives have now been saved by cell phones. Turn it off and put it inrepparttar 143680 bottom of your pack so it won't bother you.

3. Bringrepparttar 143681 usual safety items (matches, 1st aid, iodine tablets, etc), but double-check to see if they are there and in working order, as you'll have nobody elses supplies to back you up.

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