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UNDERSTANDING DESTINATIONS. 5.03 Discuss the special issues related to international travel. Event details of September 11, 2001. 8:45 a.m.—hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into north tower of the World Trade Center

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Understanding destinations

UNDERSTANDING DESTINATIONS

5.03 Discuss the special issues related to international travel.


Event details of september 11 2001

Event details of September 11, 2001

  • 8:45 a.m.—hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into north tower of the World Trade Center

  • 9:03 a.m.—hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into south tower of the World Trade Center

  • 9:43 a.m.—hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon

  • 10:10 a.m.—hijacked United Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania


Effects of september 11 2001

Effects of September 11, 2001

  • Increased security and the creation of the US Department of Homeland Security to ensure the security of the transportation system for the movement of people and goods and to support the National Security Strategy

  • Initiated the war against terrorism

  • Soft economy

  • Travel industry changes


Development of the us department of homeland security

Development of the US Department of Homeland Security

  • Bombing of the Murray Federal Building in 1995 led to a 1998 Presidential Directive to protect the nation’s information infrastructure (cybersecurity).

  • Following 9-11 (2001) President George W. Bush signed the Homeland Security Act (2002) and appointed Governor Tom Ridge as Secretary of the new US Department of Homeland Security.

  • Ready.gov website was designed for the use of Americans in assembling and developing a family communications plan against terrorists.


Role of the us department of state bureau of consular affairs american citizen affairs

Role of the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs/American Citizen Affairs

  • Issues travel warnings from every country of the world and recommends which countries to avoid

  • Provides information through public announcements about terrorist threats and other significant risks to the security of the American traveler

  • Provides consular information sheets that outline the location of the US Embassy or Consulate, entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties


Airport security screening procedures developed by the transportation security administration tsa

Airport security/screening procedures developed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

  • Passenger security procedures

    • Baggage checkpoints

    • Passenger checkpoints

    • Gate screening


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Airport security/screening procedures developed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) cont.

  • Access requirements

    • Boarding pass

    • Ticket

    • Ticket confirmation

    • Gate pass or other authorization issued by the airline

    • Employees with valid ID


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Airport security/screening procedures developed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) cont.

  • Food and beverage policy

    • All food must go through the x-ray machine. Food is not allowed at the security checkpoint unless it is wrapped or in a container.

    • Beverages and other liquids in a paper or Styrofoam container may be carried through the metal detector. All other containers must go through the x-ray machine. Containers sent through the x-ray machine must have a spill-proof top.


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Airport security/screening procedures developed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) cont.

  • Electronic items such as laptops, CD players, and cell phones will be subject to thorough searches.

  • Passengers are not allowed to carry anything on board for anyone.

  • Passengers are urged to report any unattended items to authorities.

  • No guns, knives, sharp objects of any kind, baseball bats, golf clubs, pool or hockey sticks, or ski poles are allowed on board the aircraft.


Issues and precautions related to international travel

Issues and precautions related to international travel

Terrorism: The unlawful use of force against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in the furtherance of political or social objectives (as defined by the FBI).


Precautions against terrorism

Precautions against terrorism…

  • Schedule direct flights if possible and avoid stops in high-risk airports.

  • Be aware of what you discuss with strangers.

  • Minimize time spent in the public area of an airport, which is less protected. Leave the airport ASAP.

  • Avoid luggage tags, dress, and behavior that may identify you as an American.

  • Keep an eye out for abandoned packages or briefcases.

  • Avoid places where Americans are known to congregate.


Hijacking hostage situations

Hijacking/hostage situations…

  • The U.S. government’s policy is firm—the government will negotiate, but not make concessions.

  • When Americans are abducted overseas, the host government is responsible under international law to protect all persons within its territories and bring about the safe release of the hostages.

  • The most dangerous phase of a hijacking or hostage situation is the beginning.


Survival tips for hijacking hostage situations

Survival tips for hijacking/hostage situations…

  • Remain calm and alert.

  • Avoid resistance.

  • Talk normally.

  • If questioned, keep answers short. Do not volunteer information.

  • Do not be a hero.

  • Eat what you are given.

  • Think positively.

  • Establish a daily program of mental and physical activity.

  • Avoid direct eye contact.


Other issues and precautions related to international travel

Other issues and precautions related to international travel…

  • ”Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it” is the classic formula for avoiding Montezuma’s revenge—diarrhea.

  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was first reported in Asia in 2003.

  • Travelers needing special drugs or medications should pack sufficient quantities of their prescription medicine and have the necessary paperwork to present to customs to prove medicine is legal.


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