Travel tips when flying into an unfamiliar (or dangerous) airport
Given the unrest in various regions of the world, many companies and their employees will face increased threat levels as they travel internationally in the coming months. Now is a good time to take some safety tips from those experienced in traveling to dangerous areas. Guy Marriott, CEO of the UK-based risk consultancy firm GroundTruth, developed 10 tips on keeping a low profile and staying out of harm’s way, and preventing people gaining access to your valuables. The tips appeared in an article by Julian Goldsmith of BNET in 2009. Among the tips are:
Keep your luggage in view. On the plane, don’t put your carry-on bags in the bin directly over your head [or behind you]. Stash them in the bin opposite and forward of you.
Sort out your valuables air-side. The security on the air-side of the airport, before you clear customs, is much higher. Use the extra cover to shift items from your suitcase to your briefcase. If possible, change money into local currency here.
Go out through the entrance. Marriott stresses the importance of disrupting the accepted pattern of behavior whenever possible. Instead of leaving the airport through the arrivals lounge, exit from the departures area and jump into an arriving cab as the previous occupant leaves it.
Disrupt the rank. At the taxi rank, wait until you are at the head of the queue. At the last-minute, let the person behind you go first. Pretend you have just taken a call and need to wait for friends. This removes the chance that you were about to be directed into a marked cab, or one driven by someone about to deliver you into danger further down the road.
Click here to view the full article and all 10 tips. Safe traveling!