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Safe Passage for Trips
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  Safe Passage

Strategies for International & Domestic Travel
 
Dressing for Travel
  • Wear conservative clothing and jewelry.
  • Don’t look like you’re worth a million bucks.
  • Do not wear US identified items such as cowboy hats or boots, baseball caps, American logo T-shirts, jackets or sweat shirts
Airport Safety
  • Check in early.
  • Get through security checkpoints as quickly as possible.
  • Be aware of possible areas for cover if an attack occurs.
  • Select an airline with a good on-time and safety record.
  • Be courteous with security personnel. You do not want to stand out in a crowd.
Airplane Safety
  • Seats in the center of the aircraft are safest since they will likely be away from hostile action areas (front and rear of aircraft).
  • Window seats offer more protection than aisle seats since it is more difficult to access the individual.
  • Seats in an emergency exit row may allow for an opportunity to escape.
  • When possible, select a wide-body aircraft…it is more difficult to hijack.
Individual Movement Safety
  • Don’t travel alone if possible.
  • Be unpredictable.
  • Carry a cell phone with you.
Travel by Car
 Car Rentals
  • Choose a common looking car.
  • Make sure car has locking trunk and hood.
  • Keep gas tank at least halfway full.
  • Avoid Chokepoints – don’t get boxed in.
  • Do not leave car on street overnight if possible.
  • Park in well lighted areas.
  • Always approach your car with keys in your hand.
  • Keep some distance between you and the car in front of you.
Recognize events that could signal an attack:
  • Cyclist falling in front of your car.
  • Flagman or workman stopping your car.
  • Disabled vehicle or accident on side of road.
  • An accident in which your car is struck.
If attacked in your car:
  • Draw attention to your car by sounding horn.
  • Place another car between you and your pursuer.
  • Ram any blocking vehicle if necessary (strike fender in front of front tire, or behind rear tire).
Taxis and Busses
  • Ensure face of driver and picture on displayed license is the same.
  • Do not let someone you don’t know direct you to a specific cab.
  • Select busy stops. Avoid standing in large groups of people.
  • Generally, taxis found in front of larger hotels and airports are safest.
  • If alone, sit in the middle of the seat in a taxi to make access more difficult from the outside.
Walking Around Town
  • Avoid spontaneous gatherings or demonstrations.
  • Walk facing traffic.
  • Walk in groups.
  • Be alert to those that may be watching you.
  • Avoid traveling by foot at night.
Hotel Safety
  • Accept bellman assistance when checking in.
  • Have them accompany you to your room for additional security.
  • Carry your key with you…don’t leave it at the front desk.
  • Stay on floors 2-7.
  • Leave your TV and light on when leaving your room.
  • Place the “Do not Disturb” sign on door when leaving room.
Cruise Safety Tips
  • When possible, select a vessel that travels from a U.S. port. Vessels that travel from U.S. ports must pass inspections by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Visit the Center for Disease Control web site (www.cdc.gov) to view the sanitation record for the vessel you plan to travel on.
  • Check to ensure enough life jackets are in your cabin for each passenger.
  • Learn the best route from your cabin to fire exits and life boats.
  • Always use handrails when moving on the ship.
  • When visiting foreign ports:
-          Dress conservatively
-          Know the local laws and obey them
-          Be aware of local customs
-          Be aware of pickpockets
-          Carry a throw away wallet
-          Carry cash in a Travel Security Pouch under your clothes
-          If arrested for any reason, ask to see a representative from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate
 
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
 Passport Services 202-663-2654
Visa Services 202-663-1225
Overseas Citizens Services 1-888-407-4747, from overseas 202-501-4444
Department of State 1-888-407-4747, from overseas 202-501-4444
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1-888-246-2675, from overseas 404-639-3311
World Health Organization (WHO) 202-974-3787
 
IMPORTANT WEB SITES
Department of State www.travel.state.gov
CDC www.cdc.gov
WHO www.who.int
Embassy www.usembassy.state.gov