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Use It Or Lose It: Will "Dead" Electronics Be Confiscated At Airport Security?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2014, 2:15 PM

That's the question many travelers were asking themselves after the TSA posted a notice, on Sunday night, that those entering the United States would be asked to turn on cellphones, computers and other electronics when they went through security. This is apparently in response to new intelligence about a possible threat to inbound airplanes. The T.S.A. notice states that those devices tha...

Use It Or Lose It: Will "Dead" Electronics Be Confiscated At Airport Security?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2014, 2:15 PM

That's the question many travelers were asking themselves after the TSA posted a notice, on Sunday night, that those entering the United States would be asked to turn on cellphones, computers and other electronics when they went through security. This is apparently in response to new intelligence about a possible threat to inbound airplanes. The T.S.A. notice states that those devices tha...

When Travel Vendors Demand Your Home Address, Do You Have to Give it?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/26/2014, 9:00 PM

How much do they have the right to know about you?   Because I travel so much, I use a post office box. It's a simple security trick that I recommend to everyone who travels. First, it'll hold your mail for you. But just as important, if you use a P.O. box for your primary address then it's much harder for crooks you meet on the road to realize you're not home and burgle you. ...

TSA PreCheck Not So Easy if You Enroll Yourself

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/03/2014, 4:45 PM

Recruitment ad from the TSA website In the first phase of the TSA's PreCheck program, the airlines invited their elite members to enroll. That process worked well, since the airlines mostly facilitated the integration of passengers' membership numbers into their reservations, and the TSA requires number and ticket to me married before it allows passengers to use the service. But i...

In Just a Few More Months, Americans Wanting to Avoid the Discomfort of a Standard, T.S.A. Security Check, will be Able to Do So

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/06/2013, 8:45 PM

     At a time marked by all sorts of confusing promises from both government and private enterprise, an announcement several weeks ago by the Transportation Security Administration was particuarly distressing.  With a great deal of fanfare, a T.S.A. official announced that help was on hand for American travelers who disliked having virtually to disrobe (shoes and belt off, for starters) in or...

Is the TSA Pulling Aside Travelers at Airport Security to Make Sales Pitches for TSA Pre Check?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/09/2013, 8:15 PM

Word comes to me today from a traveler who had a strange experience at the airport in Las Vegas today. The traveler, who did not wish to be named, told me that he and several other passengers were "yanked" out of the security screening queue for what was termed "experimental screening." They were led to another area, where they were instructed not to remove their shoes, belts, and lapt...

U.S. Government Is Pushing TSA PreCheck to New Passport Recipients, But Global Entry Would Be Smarter

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/17/2013, 4:30 PM

Get a new passport these days, and it will arrive with a new bookmark urging you to sign up for TSA PreCheck. Volunteer some personal information about yourself beforehand, it says, and once you pass a background check, you may qualify to zip through airport security without removing your shoes, your 3-1-1 bag of items, your coat, or your laptop. The other side of the paper suggests another pr...

Theft of Mobile Devices Is On the Rise At Airports and In Airplanes. Here are Some Strategies to Keep Your Possessions Safe

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/07/2013, 2:30 PM

Some 50% of the thefts in North America today involve mobile devices. That’s right: there are few more coveted prizes for criminals today than the laptop, phone or tablet you’re likely reading this article on. And we’re seeing a marked increase in the pilfering of these gadgets at airports and even on planes. That’s the conclusion that the folks at Absolute Software have come to. This 20-y...

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