Questions tagged [security]

The state of being free from danger or threat. Use with questions about things or money; when referring to people, use "safety" instead. When referring to airport security procedures, use "airport-security" instead.

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What self-defense weapons are legal in London? [closed]

I've travelled London many times, and this is the first time I got robbed in broad daylight, in afternoon! Around four youth wearing masks brandished machetes, asked for my purse and everything in ...
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Are there any data on the incidence of theft in airports' airside areas?

A number of posters on this forum have referred to airports' airside areas as 'safe' or 'secure'. It seems to me that the presence of security checks gives some passengers the impression that there is ...
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Transfer in Pudong Airport to flight to Bangkok. Do I need to go through customs?

I am arriving at Shanghai Pudong airport (from the US) via China Eastern Airlines at 6 PM. Then I have another flight to Bangkok via Air China at 11 PM. Would I need to go through customs? I do have ...
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How to leave Beijing airport (PEK) by foot

I have 5 hours between daytime flights in Beijing Capital airport (terminal 3), and my challenge is to walk out of the airport to eat a bowl of soup at any small local restaurant outside the airport. ...
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Is it safe to show biometric passport to third party?

As far as I know, there is always some kind of risk gaining access to personal data or obtaining debts on the name in a passport. But is there any chance someone can read biometric NFC data from the ...
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How should I behave during a bus robbery in South America?

Upon planning for a trip through Chile, Bolivia and Peru, I have encountered several personal accounts of (armed) robberies of overland buses between tourist destinations, especially in Bolivia and ...
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Vietnam visa application online safety

There are several websites which offer to get Vietnam visa by applying online, they require sending passport and other personal data. How to know that selected website for visa issuing is reliable and ...
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Is it safe to roam with girlfriend in India on February 14? [closed]

Many videos and news articles of the past says that couples who roam freely on Valentine's Day, are subjected to moral policing and the media will cover such incidents, which leads to public insult. ...
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How to maintain passwords when traveling?

I'm traveling out of the country and I don't want to bring my laptop, because I would then worry about it getting stolen or broken. I am bringing an old iPad so that I can check email and look up ...
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Is a request for a passport number reasonable and safe?

I'm staying in an Airbnb in the Dominican Republic and the host--an Airbnb Superhost, with many good reviews--has asked the following: Please make sure to send me the full names and passport or ID ...
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Preparing in case ATM/debit cards might go missing during a long trip

I've been pickpocketed twice and had debit cards swallowed by ATMs twice over the past decade or so. I've also had cards expire during a long trip. For my upcoming trip which I envision will last ...
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Are hotel room safes tamper evident?

I know that hotel room safes have a master key and are not considered very secure. Let's suppose I'm not worried about theft, but about a person with the master key opening the safe, messing with its ...
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What about security and safety for your stuff while you travel? [closed]

What about security and safety for your stuff while you travel (money, credit cards, camera, laptop, e-reader/tablet, etc.)? Any tips would be really useful!
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Bluetooth Headset - Do I have anything to worry about if I don't use it during the flight?

I know that questions about Bluetooth seem to be common-place, but my question is less about usage and more just carrying them on in my carry on. Therefore I hope this question does not get marked as ...
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Can I travel with BDSM items?

I've seen very little about this topic online and so have no idea if it's allowed for carry on hand-baggage. BDSM Items: Harness x2 Fluffy hand restraints Jock straps x2 Feather teaser Blind fold ...
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How do I find flights that avoid US airspace?

Persons on the US no-fly list are not only unable to fly to the US (obviously), but to board a flight which might enter US airspace e.g. in an emergency. Is there any way or online resource to find ...
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What is the purpose of baggage recheck?

A few days ago I saw "baggage recheck" point on the Hamburg airport*. In what situations is such recheck needed? Is it only for international, connecting flights? * I just saw the place where his ...
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Phone calls from unknown German numbers after visiting Germany

I am not sure this is the right community, but my problem originated with me travelling abroad. I've travelled to Germany about a month ago (and I am still staying there). About two weeks later I''...
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What happens if you swab positive for a drug sample at Canadian airports even if you don’t have anything on you?

I’m a mom of one and don’t use or associate with any drug stuff. I recently bought a backpack off a buy and sell and after I got it home I noticed it smelled like cigarettes. So I went through all the ...
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Traveling with a 9-year old in the Red Sea Riviera, Hurghada, East Egypt area? [closed]

I am planning a 1-2 week trip to somewhere with sea and warmth. One contender is the Red Sea, probably somewhere along the Red Sea Riviera (Hurghada etc). I've never been to an Arabic state, neither ...
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Can I bring (and return with) a shortwave radio receiver via Ataturk Airport?

I would very much like to bring there a marvelous Tecsun PL-600, which is this piece of wonderful equipment: https://swling.com/blog/2014/07/the-mega-shortwave-radio-review-of-the-pl-880-pl-660-ats-...
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Asking same flight customers if they would agree to put my knife in their checked luggage

Issue When flying with only a carry-on allowed, I am often bothered by not being allowed to carry a small knife that I will need at my destination (backpacking trips). So far, every time I faced this ...
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How to call 911 for my home area when overseas? [duplicate]

I have my house wired up with security cameras. When traveling others countries, I still can get phone alerts that there is movement in the house, and can access the security feeds on-line to see if ...
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What should I do if I lose my passport on a plane?

I was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to London on two Qatar Airways flight stopping at Hamad International Airport for several hours. I discovered that after getting off the first flight I did not have ...
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Is 2.5 hours enough time between domestic arrival and international departure at Stansted?

I will be flying with Ryanair from Glasgow International to Stansted. I will ONLY have cabin baggage. I have paid for "Priority & 2 cabin bags", on this flight to ensure I can take my baggage ...
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Parking options for Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ)

I am planning a short, five-day trip out of the country in mid-June, in which I will be departing and returning to Pearson. Since I will be returning late at night, I'll need to park at or near the ...
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Is there any benefit on reporting to police on stolen items, except for reparation?

Most travelers I think would report to police if they got theft while traveling. One reason, and I think the sole reason they report to police is to get reparation by their insurance company for the ...
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Personal security during a business trip to Moscow

In the next few weeks I’ll be traveling to Russia for about a week on business. While there, I'd like to spend some time, although it won’t be much time, seeing as much of the city and culture as ...
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What are the security procedures at Holyhead ferry port?

I’m travelling to Dublin via ferry in Easter, and I’m going on the ferry between Holyhead port and Dublin port. I’ve crossed in a car so I know how the security works with vehicles, but I’m going to ...
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Do North American banks have a key phrase that allows customers to disable all security checks for using the card internationally?

My Canadian bank has an extremely sensitive anti-fraud mechanism that treats all foreign transactions as "suspicious". I do not need those anti-fraud measures (I'm okay with taking the risk) and want ...
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Tips to avoid forgetting a bag

I have recently left a bag behind in a train. It was a long travel day, and the last stage of it was a train ride with a change half way through. We were in a hurry to catch the connection, and were ...
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What precautions should one take when traveling in Mexico?

I plan to travel to Mexico in the spring. I know that cartels are a powerful force in Mexico. To hammer it home, a friend of mine told me of a trip he took to Mexico in college. He hit on a girl at a ...
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Amtrak Roomette luggage security

I am looking to taking a trip on the Southwest Chief Amtrak train and booking a Roomette. I know that I can sit in my Roomette and watch the world go by, but what I want to know about is how ...
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Are you protected in an untrusted embassy in a country you trust?

I have a friend in an interesting situation. He suspects that he will be unsafe if he returns to his home country, and he is currently living in the UK with a valid visa. In order to renew his ...
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How do I identify an airport’s official free Wi-Fi network? [closed]

While traveling in the Berlin Tegel airport (TXL), I wanted to get on Wi-Fi. I found three unsecured networks in addition to a number of password-protected networks. _Free_TXL_WiFi airberlin Berlin ...
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ID card, driving license and debit card stolen in Kiev. What is the worst that can happen? [closed]

My dad is an EU citizen. His ID card, driving license and debit card were stolen in Kiev metro. So far we called the bank and informed the local police, he has his passport so he is ok to fly. Is ...
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Who might cause trouble to my checked-in bags during a layover?

Recently I booked a connecting flight with two different carriers (same PNR). There is an 8.5-hour layover in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. I didn't want to recheck-in my baggage so I confirmed ...
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Why are mobile phones prohibited at many consulates?

I've recently been to the US Consulate where they ask you to leave your phone at the security check before entering the premises. Likewise you're not allowed any electronics, no matter how harmless. ...
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Is throwing stuff on the ground a common/known pickpocketers strategy?

I was standing in a big crowd during a concert on a street in São Paulo, Brazil. My friend was in front of me, looking in the same direction. A guy came from behind, shoulder-checking me. He said "...
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What happens if my wallet is lost or stolen while abroad?

I am planning a trip to eastern/northern Europe - this will be my first time traveling outside of the United States. My plan was to have a set amount of USD converted to foreign currency, then put ...
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Was I going to be scammed, kidnapped or robbed in the US? [closed]

I’m living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One night a man approached me on my way out of a restaurant in Inman Square. It was around 9:30 pm of a weekday, the streets were starting to get lonely but ...
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How to get rid of the men who ask for money in Milan?

The men are mostly located in Duomo Square (Piazza del Duomo). They try to tie something to tourists' wrists and ask for money. I have fallen out with them many times. Also my friends who visit Milan, ...
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What kind of items related to sex can be carried to UAE?

So, apparently I cannot bring a vibrator/dildo to the UAE, but is it acceptable to bring items like condoms, lubricant, handcuffs, whips (well, the small ones), and so on? I'm especially interested in ...
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Are hotel “safes” really a joke to open?

I have seen all kinds of videos on YouTube demonstrating trivial methods of opening hotel safes, the kind that are in the room. In one video the guy opens the safe with a potato. Are these videos ...
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Who is responsible for security on an airplane?

I wonder who is responsible for security on an airplane, especially on a flight within Europe. In some countries (e.g. USA) sky marshals counter hijacking, but I don't know if a similar practice ...
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Is it frequent that a tomato is thrown at a tram in Berlin/Germany?

When I arrived at Berlin and got on a tram and took a seat near the door, a tomato was thrown just before the door was closed. It hit the window and two people in front of me got a broken piece of ...
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Are there lockers on the beaches of Tel Aviv?

I would like to go swimming without being afraid of leaving valuables out in the open. Are there secure lockers at Tell Aviv beach where I can leave my stuff? If so, where are they located?
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How can you protect yourself against identity theft?

Surely you're at increased risk when you're told to bring all of your visa application documents, as both UKVI and Schengen guidance direct you to do when seeking entry at the border? Key details ...
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Does the U.S. monitor who is on foreign flights?

I am a US citizen. If I fly out of Mexico to Argentina, will the US government know where I am?
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How to get updated about current incidents and safety concerns?

Yesterday there was an explosion at a hospital in Bangkok (which is where I'm located), and it didn't come to my attention until a relative in my home country sent me a link to an article in a local ...