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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Do airport metal scanners occasionally flash a false alarm on purpose?

I've noticed that occasionally when passing through the metal scanners I am getting flagged despite not having a single metal thing on me. This usually results in a manual search or a hand swipe on ...
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Wearing neoprene suit in airplane?

Do airlines generally prohibit wearing a neoprene suit underneath one's regular clothes? It could be useful in the event of a plane crash in the middle of the ocean, as a neoprene suit could keep one ...
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Are there safer hours to fly?

I was wondering if there are actually safer hours to fly? By safe I both refer to major, but also minor accidents like land vehicles hitting a wing, etc. I can imagine that there are several ...
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Temporary lock for rented accommodation [closed]

I'm considering moving into a rented premises for a month or so. But the landlord's agent would keep a duplicate key of the door. The landlord suggests that I should keep all valuables in the ...
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Smartphone taken from baggage while on layover

We gave a new smartphone to some friends to take to my in-laws in Iran. We turned off the phone before we gave it to them. They were flying with Qatar Airways. They had one stop in Doha. When they ...
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What is the most dangerous area of Los Angeles (or its suburbs) according to police statistics?

I will be travelling to L.A. soon and I am wondering which areas should be avoided to stay safe. Are there official no go zones? Do you maybe know of any maps?
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What luggage features prevent theft?

I'll be traveling to New Zealand in a few weeks and from what I've heard things like cars being broken into happen quite often, and it also seems there is a risk of having your stuff stolen in a ...
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Are there types of fasteners that are more pick-pocket resistant?

If we're trying to avoid pick-pockets when travelling, are there types of fasteners for clothing or bags that are more difficult to pick-pocket? I'm thinking in particular of velcro since it takes a ...
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Is the carrying of knives in the street regulated in Malaysia?

Some countries do not allow the carrying of a knife in the street. Is there such a regulation in Malaysia?
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Is an universal adapter safe enough to use all year?

I have always forgotten the battery-charging adapter of my electronic devices during travel, so now consider purchasing the adapter. However, I wonder if a universal worldwide adapter is safe enough ...
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How safe is travel to Venezuela right now? [closed]

How safe is travel to Venezuela right now (Nov/Dec 2016)? By that I mean TO Venezuela, not IN Venezuela. In my case I would be traveling to a large hotel in Caracas to do cash business and can pay ...
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Street-sold laser through airport security

So, I bought a ‎€10 green laser pen, but it has no logo or model markings. The most I have is 'NO. 1 JAPAN' and 'LASER POINTER' on the metal clip. It has no indication of how mW it is, or how powerful ...
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What are the most dangerous areas of London north of the River Thames?

Within only the following map, which are the most dangerous areas (like those depicted in the 2009 movie Harry Brown, filmed in Walworth, London at the now demolished Heygate Estate, and Marks Gate, ...
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Is there any way to safely check expensive electronics on a flight?

The unanimous verdict is, DON'T put anything expensive in your checked luggage. I get that. But I'm in a bit of a tough spot here. Long story short, I'm sitting here in the U.S. with a $2000 piece of ...
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Are backpack nets an effective deterrent when going to rougher parts of the world?

I am planning on going on a prolonged trip and will be carrying everything that I have on my back for at least a year. I know that most of the 'horror' stories are just that, however thieves will go ...
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How to safely use password-protected websites on internet cafe computers

How can I, if possible, safely use password-protected websites (eg GMail) on internet cafe computers? I've heard people say that it's not really safe to use password-protected websites on internet ...
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Retaining access to email when traveling

We are traveling with our own laptop, and will be using wifi to connect to the internet. Last year, we found that on arriving at our destination, we were locked out of our email accounts for some ...
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Laptop in hand luggage with qatar airways from UK to india

I want to take my laptop as I need to its related to my work. However it will not fit in my hand luggage it is heavy (HP pavillion g6). And I've been searching online and a lot of people have said ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

When staying in hostel dorms I usually place my valuables in a locker provided by the hostel and lock it, typically with my own key-padlock. When I go out I take the key with me and I'm perfectly fine ...
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Safest ways to pay for a vacation rental?

A friend and I want to book a house for Labor Day weekend and we found a place on Craigslist that looks pretty nice. I'm pretty well-traveled myself, but neither of us have rented out a house before. ...
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How to stay safe when using an autocaravan?

A friend of mine bought a motorhome/campervan/RV and I am going to get it with him and spend a couple of days in a roadtrip. The idea sounded great until we started questioning security. Especially ...
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Raw grains through security

I am studying abroad and trying to save money by taking food from home (the US) and not having to buy EVERYTHING once I get there. I have packed ziplock sandwich bags of raw brown basmati rice and ...
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Assisting Taiwanese friend who had bags, money and passport stolen in Rome

My friend is travelling to Rome. She is from Taiwan, and her bag has just been stolen, with money and passport in it. I suppose the only thing she can do is to go to the embassy. But I guess this will ...
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Are cheap “programmable” combination padlocks known to change their own combinations?

I forgot to bring my padlock for this trip so my hostel in Taipei lent one to me until I buy one, which I keep forgetting to do. The one they lent me is a generic "NO. 20" 4-barrel combination lock. ...
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UAE now banning VPN access - fines of up to $545,000? Any workarounds?

According to a few news articles, the UAE is passing a new law with heavy penalties for using a VPN. Another report says: Travelers also come under this law and if caught using any VPNs could ...
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RFID-blocking passport pouches

I often see passport pouches for sale, which supposedly prevent your passport RFID from being read. In what scenario that might happen? Should travelers be concerned about protecting their passports, ...
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What's the point of biometric passports if they're accepted even if the chip fails?

Biometric passports supposedly increase the level of passport security by including a digital (cryptographically signed?) copy of the passport, along with the owner's fingerprints. However it seems ...
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Alternative to accounts asking for phone number when logging in from new device?

When travelling or living abroad for some time, I usually get a local sim-card. Sometimes I also cancel my contract back home, so I just have this local phone number furthermore I tend to lose my home ...
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Who is checking and what about passengers heading to Canada?

It is possible this practice has stopped with eTA but previously whenever I boarded a plane to Canada there were people with laptops checking the paperwork of people in the queue. Who were these ...
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As a guest, how safe is Airbnb?

From the perspective of a guest, as opposed to a host, how safe is it staying at an Airbnb place? I understand that hosts are encouraged to provide verification and that you can communicate with ...
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How to secure a roll-top closure bag?

I’ve got a pretty big bag—actually, a sack into which you put your bag—with a roll-top closure system. I had never heard of it, but you can see it in action here. That one is pretty small, but they go ...
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Crime statistics of New York City neighbourhoods

This answer refers to NYC.gov as a source for crime statistics for each NYC neighbourhood. Apparently, the links is broken and I cannot find anything on the official site regarding this. Is there any ...
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What personally identifiable information should I delete from my smartphone and email before travelling to a high-risk country?

I'll be travelling to Mongolia, and I've heard there's a non-trivial chance of theft. I'll be taking two Apple iPhones with me, and I'm not too concerned about the theft of the devices themselves, as ...
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How do I avoid leaving my passport as a deposit while traveling?

I was looking into activities to do in Seoul and I saw a free public government sponsored bike rental. To use the rental, I need to give them some sort of ID for the duration of the rental. The ID can ...
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Large tech allowed on Intl. flight? [duplicate]

I have a 16000mAh power bank that I use to charge my phone and iPad. I was concerned of it size being a problem for Canadian-USA border security. Is this actually a problem or will they not even care?...
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Photocopies of important documents stolen

While in Budapest, my backpack was stolen. In it I had photocopies of my passport, drivers license , train ticket, insurance policy documents and ehic, and also a journal with my credit card number ...
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How big a problem are pickpockets in Prague?

I am visiting Prague next week and I have been told to watch out for Pickpockets. How big of a problem are said pickpockets and what can I do to prevent being robbed?
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What electronic items can I bring into the airplane cabin? [closed]

I want to know what items are allowed into the airplane. I know that, for example, laptops and tablets are allowed. However, what about power bank/batteries or external hard drives? My question is ...
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How to judge a budget hotel's safety standards?

I will be staying at a budget hotel in southeast asia soon, I'd like to know how I can find out either beforehand or when I arrive if the hotel's safety standards are good, i.e. what to look for when '...
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My hands were scanned by a strange device during a security check at the airport. What was the purpose?

I had a plane last week from Warsaw Modlin to Barcelona and I had one untypical procedure. It's my 14th flight and I never had something similar before. At the security scan right away after I ...
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Where can we store our luggage after checking out so we don't have to book an extra hotel night?

We often travel by plane, and book most of the flights very early in the morning, so we can sleep in the airport waiting for check-in. However, we have bags (just carry-on bags that low-cost ...
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How do I find hostels where I can safely store my documents while leaving the room?

We are going to watch some games in Euro 2016 France, and we want to book some hostels. apparently it is expensive to have a room for two so we want to share a bed in a doorm but we don't know the ...
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Am I able to carry on a small Swiss army knife?

I usually carry around a small Swiss army kit my set of keys which contains a small knife inside the slot which is about 1 inch in height and very thin (see link for better picture, and it is ...
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Indian National lost passport in Malaysia

I'm from India had come to Malaysia in visiting visa near my friend to meet in between in emergency he went to India and I stay in Lodge for 6 days and I lost my passport and in 2 days my visiting ...
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Where is there security prior to boarding the Thalys?

In the aftermath of the 2015 attack on the Thalys, it was publicised that security was going to be introduced for the Thalys. Where is this? Does this affect all stations at which the Thalys calls?
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What measures are taken to prevent bombs being smuggled onto planes via insider jobs?

Especially as pertains to US airports? Is baggage checked at all once it has been loaded into the cargo hold? Otherwise, is there anything that prevents an airport employee from slipping something ...
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Is it common practice to allow frequent flyer account access with easily available personal details?

Is it common practice for airline frequent flyer miles programs to allow account access using publicly available personal details? I've just discovered (in the most unfortunate way) that a frequent ...
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Is Inner Mongolia safer than Mongolia?

Is Inner Mongolia significantly safer compared to Mongolia itself with regards to crime? I'm wondering whether to go to Inner Mongolia instead of Mongolia for safety reasons. I don't use any fancy ...
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How should I send passport number and personal info to travel agent?

I am doing business travel to Canada, and the travel agent wants me to send my passport number, home address, telephone numver, and birth date via email so she can book air travel. Should I send it? ...
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Why did airport security swab my hands with wet paper?

Before entering a commercial plane, I had to go through the usual security check at Prague airport (PRG). When I passed the metal detector, it went off. I assume it was because I forgot to take off my ...