Safe Passage for Trips
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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