Tips For The Screening Process For Travelers With Disabilities And Medical Conditions

September 12, 2013 by  
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* If a personal search is required you may choose to remain in the public area or go to a private area for your screening. If you refuse either option you will not be able to fly.

* You should be offered a private screening before the beginning of a pat-down inspection if the pat-down will require the lifting of clothing and/or display of a covered medical device.

* You should be offered a disposable paper drape for additional privacy before the beginning of a pat-down.

* You may request a private area for your personal search at any time during the screening process.

* Your companion, assistant, or family member may accompany you and assist you during a private or public screening. After providing this assistance, the companion, assistant, or family member will need to be rescreened.

* You may ask for a chair if you need to sit down during the screening process.

* You should be allowed to raise you arms out during an inspection only as far as you indicate you can.

* You should be allowed to remain in your wheelchair if you indicate that you are unable to stand and/or walk through the metal detector.

* You may request a pat-down inspection in lieu of going through the metal detector or being hand-wanded. You do not need to disclose why you would like this option.

* If you have a disability, condition, or implant, that you would like to remain private and confidential, ask the Security Officer to please be discreet when assisting you through the screening process.

* You have the right to ask a Security Officer to change her/his gloves during the physical inspection of your accessible property, before performing a physical search (pat-down,) or any time a Security Officer handles your footwear.

* Medication and related supplies that are carried through a checkpoint are normally X-rayed. However, as a customer service, TSA now allows you the option of requesting a visual inspection of your medication and associated supplies.

* You must request a visual inspection before the screening process begins; otherwise you medications and supplies will undergo X-ray inspection.

* If you would like to take advantage of this option, please have your medication and associated supplies separated from your other property and in a separate pouch/bag when you approach the Security Officer at the walk-through metal detector. Request the visual inspection and hand your medication bag to the Security Officer.

* In order to prevent contamination or damage to medication and associated supplies and/or fragile medical materials, you will be asked at the security checkpoint to display, handle, and repack your own medication and associated supplies during the visual inspection.

* Any medication and/or associated supplies that cannot be cleared visually must be submitted for X-ray screening. If you refuse, you will not be permitted to carry your medications and related supplies into the sterile area.

Make sure you check for the latest updates at the TSA web site.

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Safety Trip Tips For Travelers

July 30, 2013 by  
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Traveling can be a lot of fun. But especially in places foreign to you, there can be certain risks that might make your adventures unsafe. So here are some travel trip tips to help make your fun times safer.

1. Research before your go.

Search the Internet for travel advisories and the latest safety tips from state organizations and other top sites that turn up in your favorite search engines like:

http://travel.state.gov

http://www.cdc.gov/travel

http://www.state.gov/travelandbusiness

Check to see if there are any sickness reports, travelers’ alerts and other concerns you should be familiar with before leaving home. Then check maps, like at http://MapQuest.com, to make sure of your travel route and the best way to get there. A travel agency like AAA (Automobile Association of America) can help plan routes for you, checking road construction along the way and any detours.

2. Use the buddy system.

Try not to travel alone, when possible, so that you have a safe friend along and you can both keep an eye out for each other. If you do travel alone, leave your itinerary with a trusted family member or friend and have that person make sure you check in upon your return.

And when you travel, lock your vehicle and accommodations’ doors, stashing your valuables in the hotel or ship safe when you have the option to do so. Don’t leave cash lying around and remain accountable; i.e. don’t get so drunk that you don’t have control over your senses and environment.

3. Be prepared, like the Boy Scouts!

Plan ahead for emergencies and bring a light first aid kit, prescription medications for those traveling with you, and any over-the-counter items you may need like Pepto-Bismol, anti-diarrhea liquid or tablets, pain killer, anti-itch cream, sunscreen. It’s no fun to get something like diarrhea while you’re out in the jungle far away from any drugstore or convenience store. So plan and bring items you may need.

4. Check out your accommodations!

Ask for digital photos of your accommodations and the surrounding area, if possible, before your commit to staying in the place of choice. Because some places paint beautiful pictures of the area, then when you arrive, you may find you’re in the worst part of town in a dirty, roach-invested hole. So ask about the area, get travel brochures and check around. If there are no photos, if may be well worth an extra $10-20 per night to stay elsewhere – in a place that does have photos to show off the accommodations.

Safety Tips For Travelers

July 20, 2013 by  
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BASIC SAFETY RULES
Research the country of your destination, get as much information as possible about the places you intend to visit. Get yourself familiar with local customs and regulations. Travelmake’s Destination Guides is a good place to start. Our online Travel Store offers a range of safety items for travelers. Here you can also purchase detailed maps, informative guidebooks, first aid kits and other items necessary for making your trip safe.

– Obtain travel insurance, preferably with the plan that provides direct, immediate payment to the medical provider.
– Before you leave, photocopy your documents and tickets so it would be easier to replace them if they are lost or stolen.
– Keep a low profile. Try to blend in with the locals as best you can. Leave expensive jewelry and precious valuables at home.
– Do not discuss your travel plans publicly.
– Stay alert, especially in high-risk countries.
– Do not expose your valuables (money, documents, jewelry, etc.), keep them locked in the hotel safe.
– Carry only small amounts of cash.
– Wear a consealed money belt, keep your essential documents and money in it.
– Each time you use your credit card, keep an eye on it until it is returned to you. Check credit cards when they are returned.
– Never leave your personal items unattended.
– Respect local customs and regulations.
– If you get into trouble, contact the nearest embassy.
– If you are unfamiliar with the local language, write down some key phrases in the local language.
– In case of theft, get a police report immediately if you’ll be making an insurance claim. Thefts of traveler’s checks must be reported within 24 hours.

AIR TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS
Check in as fast as you can and do not delay in the main terminal area. Do not discuss your travel plans with fellow passengers, crew, or even traveling companions. Get yourself familiar with exits and safe areas. Try to stay away from unattended baggage. Verify baggage claim checks before and after flight. Never leave your luggage unattended. Stay calm and alert. Try to occupy a window seat in the coach section. This position is less accessible by hijackers.

HOTEL SAFETY TIPS
Get a card with the hotel’s name and address. You can show it to a cab driver if you get lost. Stay in hotels on well-traveled streets in safer areas of the city of your destination.

Lower level floors are safer in case of fire. Although, avoid the first floor as it is the best location for burglars.

Get yourself familiar with the location of stairways, fire escapes routes, emergency exits and alarms.

Keep your hotel room door locked at all times. Before opening the door to a stranger, verify who it is. Never invite strangers into your hotel room.

Never leave your valuables (a camera, documents, jewelry, etc.) lying around where hotel employees can see them.

Before leaving you room for the day, put the “Do not disturb” sign on your door to give the impression that the room is occupied. When you are ready for the room to be cleaned, call the maid.
Use the hotel safe to store valuables.

Carry the room key with you, do not leave it at front desk.

Do not use your name when answering the phone.

When returning to your hotel at night, use the main entrance. Be observant before entering parking lots.

HOTEL FIRE SAFETY TIPS
If a fire starts take your key before leaving the room, as most hotel doors lock automatically. Do not use elevators during a fire. If you encounter heavy smoke in the stairwell, do not try to run through it, you may not make it. Turn around and walk up to the roof fire exit. If all exits are blocked or if there is heavy smoke in the hallway, you will be better off staying in your room. If there is smoke in your room, open a window and turn on the bathroom vent. If your phone works, call the desk to tell them where you are, or call the fire department to report your location in the building. Hang a bed sheet out the window as a signal. Fill the bathtub with water to use for fire fighting. Bail water onto your door or any hot walls. Stuff wet towels into cracks under and around doors where smoke can enter. Place a wet towel over your mouth and nose to help filter out smoke. If you are above the second floor, you will be better off fighting the fire in your room than jumping.

STREET SAFETY TIPS
Buy a map, familiarize yourself with the city and location of your hotel. With the help of hotel employees locate unsafe areas of the city and avoid visiting them by any means.

Do not stay out on the streets late at night. When walking, remain on wide, well-lit streets. If necessary, arrange for taxi service. Watch your drinks being poured. Never accept a drink from a stranger. Get advice from your hotel workers about reputable restaurants and other entertainment.
Never resist armed robbery, it could lead to violence.

We wish you a successful and safe trip!

Money Tips For Travelers

July 1, 2013 by  
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We hope that these money tips will help you save some money while traveling and make you trip more enjoyable.

PLANNING
Start with thorough trip planning. Use free destination guides. Buy a guidebook, it will pay for itself within the first day of your trip. Do not forget to buy a travel insurance, it will provide you with peace of mind while on a trip and prevent you from becoming a bankrupt if something happens.

It is becoming a popular trend – to buy your holiday using a credit card. This option allows you to have an official record of your purchases/bookings. Some cards also provide an additional insurance to the holder. American Express lets you transfer your purchasing points to your frequent flier program account. When you purchase an air ticket with MasterCard, the credit company automatically signs you up for an accidental life insurance with $100,000 coverage amount.

In order to save on your trip, travel with a partner(s). You can book a double hotel room for almost the same amount as a single one. By splitting accommodation and dining costs, taxis, car rental fees travelers in a group will save money.

BOOKING
For sightseeing try to travel off-season, usually October through April in the Northern hemisphere and April through October below the equator. You will be able to find cheaper airfare, find more budget rooms, spend less time in lines, and meet more local folks than tourists.

ACCOMMODATION
Keep written records of all accommodations you reserved. Learn the cancellation policies. Usually late cancellations or no shows are charged one night stay. If you have to cancel, try to do it long in advance. Reconfirm all reservations two days in advance by phone.

During summer and weekends year-round, you can get a fancy business hotel room at a cheap one-star hotel price.

DINING
You can save a lot of money by buying food at a local grocery store.

Eat according to the season. Order and buy food that is in season where you travel, it will cut down your dining expenses.

Avoid touristy restaurants, instead eat where local people eat. There you will find better food for less money.

Try to adapt to local cuisine, combine learning the local dining traditions with good prices.

Avoid breakfasts at hotels, they are usually high-priced.

Every country has menu specials. Learn simple words and you can dine well with locals anywhere for under $20.

TRANSPORTATION
Save money by driving in groups. For four people it is generally cheaper to share a rental car than to buy a bus ticket or a rail pass to travel between cities. Avoid renting a car in a big citiy, it is less convenient than using public transit. Airports usually have cheap and regular public transit connections to the town center.

Carefully choose parking spots. Thieves recognize and target tourist cars.

learn your rail options. If you travel a lot, buy rail passes. Three rides generally cost more than a day pass.

In Europe budget airlines can often get you from one city to another faster and cheaper than the train. Beware though: budget airlines often use small airports located far from town, which can cost a extra time and money. You also are allowed less luggage on board for free.

SHOPPING
Use your moneybelt to store the cash safely.

Students, families, and seniors should ask for special discounts.

Understand all fees and expenses. Ask to have all bills itemized. Do your own math when calculating the cost.

We wish you a successful and safe trip!

How Helpful Are Mobile Phones For Travelers

May 22, 2013 by  
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Mobile phones have taken an imperative place in everyone’s life today that one can wonder how a life is possible without them. People can contact you anytime even when traveling from one place to another. Especially for global travelers, mobile phones has become like oxygen giving them fantastic benefits that they can even be in touch with their dears and nears while roaming remote away from home. It also had proved to be a help tool in urgent situations.

Beside the comfort and instant access they give us, mobile phones can be both cost-effective and essential for travelers who want to stay connected.

In certain cases where mobile calls are cheaper than local calls made from hotel rooms, you can make use of them for economical reasons. Hotels in Europe are known for their severe phone tariffs that they certainly charge high for just making local calls. In contrast, mobile providers offer excellent plans that include liberal amount of airtime and offer very practical tariff for international roaming.

Also, a mobile phone simply helps you to go online when you need. Unfortunately, you may not find an internet cafe near by or the local phone lines may prove noisy not allowing the modem to connect the internet in an appropriate way. Having a mobile phone right with you will enable to access internet to your convenience.

Also, sometimes mobile phones can turn to be a challenge. Using mobile phone that time may be a puzzling event. This is mainly due to the prevalence of differing incompatible mobile networks, which often mark out the entire region from others. That is, the technology using which the mobile phone functions totally differ from one place to other.

To say, without to much delving into the technical aspects of each system, GSM, TDMA, CDMA, NMT are few technologies on which mobile phones work and mostly, mobile phones from a system is not supported in others.

Because of this factor being important to travelers, by sorting out certain technological constraints, mobile phone service providers offer international roaming services using which you can stay connected uninterruptedly even while traveling away. So when you are in hurry preparing to travel abroad, make sure your mobile is companionable to the places you visit if not hire one that offers you the support.

Assorted Tips For Business Travelers

March 28, 2013 by  
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Our web community of business flight attendants is always thinking of ways to make traveling easier. You have to when your job takes you away from home base for several weeks at a time! The following tips are for business as well as leisure travelers.

1. Ring Around the Collar Dirty neck rings around shirt or blouse collars can be removed by putting shampoo on them. Rub the
shampoo in as if you were washing your hair. Shampoo is specifically made to remove body oils the “ingredient” of neck rings.

2. Removing Gum You can pick up just about anything on the soles of your shoes. Removing gum can seem like one of the most difficult things to do. The solution? Rub ice on the gum to harden it and then use a dull knife to remove the gum. The gum will come right off without damaging your soles.

3. Killing Flies Are there flying insects in your hotel room? Hair spray will kill flies and most other insects.

4. Drying Out Wet Magazines or Books Place paper towels on both sides of a wet page to absorb the moisture and prevent wrinkling.

5. Lingering Onion or Fish Smells on Hands Can’t get rid of onion or fish smells on your hands? Wet them, sprinkle them generously with salt, and rinse.

An Overview Of Australia For Travelers

March 28, 2013 by  
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Australia is a very diverse country geographically and a hot spot for tourism. If you are thinking about heading down under, here is some information on Australia.

An Overview of Australia for Travelers

Australia is its own continent, the only country in the world that can say as much. It covers roughly 3 million square miles and is about the size of the continental United States. The capital is Canberra, but Sydney is the biggest city with 4.2 million people. The climate of Australia is extremely dry inland with more temperate conditions along the coast. The population centers are primarily along the coast due to soaring temperatures inland.

Australia was originally inhabited by Aboriginal tribes. In 1770, Captain Cook claimed the land for Great Britain. In 1788, the first colony was established in New South Wales. Most of the colonists were convicted criminals from Great Britain. Gold was discovered soon thereafter and Australia became a destination for immigrants seeking fortune and a new start in life.

On the far northern coast, Australia is home to one of the amazing sites in the world. The great barrier reef is a water enthusiasts dream. With incredible plant life, the reef is world renowned as a diver’s paradise. A watchful eye is advised given the presence of the Great White Shark in the area.

Australia is a Commonwealth. The federal powers are mapped somewhat after those in the United States, but no bill of rights exists. Unlike the U.S., the individual territories retain significant authority over their own affairs.

People in Australia are called “Australians.” The country has a population of just over 20 million, and the population is growing at a rate of 1.1 percent a year. Australians ethnicity is 92 percent European, 6 percent Asian and 2 percent Aboriginal. No religion dominates, but 27 percent of Australians considered themselves Roman Catholics. Life expectancy for males is 78 years while females live to 83 on average. Literacy rates are a surprisingly low 85 percent.

Australia was often considered the forgotten country. Long distance transportation changed that designation. Now it is one of the hottest tourist destinations year in and year out.

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