Security

Hotel room door: Mercure hotel room door left unlocked all day by housekeeping.

Hotel security: room door left open by housekeeping

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A lightning bolt of fear shoots down your spine when, returning late to your hotel room, you see the door is not fully closed….

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Keycard lock

Hotel room theft

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It happens. For the most part, it’s rare. At the risk of tempting fate, I’ll admit that we’ve never been victims of hotel theft,…

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Hotel registry on display

Hotel guests: read all about ’em

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So much personal information on display at quaint, old-fashioned hotels like the one we recently stayed at in Bali. Which rooms are occupied? What…

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Framed and accused of theft

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In what could be called a social experiment, it is proven that a man in a police-like uniform has great power and ordinary citizens…

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Travel. Glamorous?

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Contrast Mamak with our New Year’s day dinner at Appetito, also in Sydney. Recommended by two people, nearby—and most important: open—it seemed a reasonable…

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Airport security belt steals

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There goes our iPad. Swallowed by the security conveyor belt, immediately under the prominent sign that says “The tray stays until it is emptied.”…

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Vault door; Database data loss

Database data loss

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People often share their credit card anxiety with me. They’re afraid their cards will be lost or stolen and huge bills will be run…

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Hotel room security lapses

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When you check into a hotel and are handed a key to a room that turns out to be already occupied, you have to…

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Masked man “swapped boarding pass”?

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No reports expand on the claim that this ballsy Asian impostor “swapped boarding passes with a U.S. citizen and passenger who was born in…

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Hotel room security check

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How to do a hotel room security check ob and I sleep more nights in hotels than in our own home and, to date,…

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Police, security, challenge photographers despite public right

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Is it legal to take photos at airport security checkpoints, or not? Occasionally I’ll politely ask a TSA officer if I may take a…

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Hotel oddity #6

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See anything wrong with the chain lock on this door at Miami’s Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel? It’s mounted backwards! Upside-down. It’s useless this way…

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Hotel room safe thefts

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How safe is the safe in your hotel room? Not safe at all, it turns out, unless you factor in the odds. Odds are,…

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Hotel oddity #5

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The Hilton Tokyo-Bay, aka Japan’s Disneyland Hilton, was shockingly behind the times when we visited. Our paper electronic room keys had our room number…

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Hotel Oddity #4

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We checked into a hotel last month and plodded through the tedious check-in procedure in a daze. It was a Millennium Hotel, but I…

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When TSA confiscates your pocket knife…

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Brother-in-law, though a frequent flyer, forgot to move his pocket knife from his carry-on to his checked bag. He groaned when TSA discovered it….

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Hotel safe theft

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What would you do if you opened the safe behind the hotel manager’s desk and found your passports gone? One woman took creative action….

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Aggressive hospitality

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A reader of this blog recently wrote to me and described a suspicious encounter: In Dublin, I noticed a tall young man in a…

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Traveling with luggage

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I’m sure it sounds obsessive to mention the necessity of onboard watchfulness when you fly. The likelihood of theft while on an aircraft is…

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Hotel security in the hands of housekeeping staff

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Loot ‘n scoot: Through my police friends, I learned of another devious M.O. resulting in theft from hotel rooms. The thief simply poses as…

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Commercial flight; no security

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We flew from Anchorage to Homer on Alaska Airlines flight 4878, operated by ERA Aviation. No TSA. No screening; none at all. Liquids? Okay!…

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Thieves in airports

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So you’ve made it through security. Does that mean you’re in a secure area? Not secure enough to relax your attention. Thieves have been…

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Airport danger and the strategist thief

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“Did you know you’re wearing mismatched shoes?” a well-dressed Englishman said to our friend, Brooks, at London’s Heathrow airport one day. Brooks was talking…

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Laptops lost in airports

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As a very frequent flyer, I can understand that 12,000+ laptops are lost each week in U.S. airports. What’s shocking is that, according to…

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A false sense of security

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To a pair of pickpockets in London, Lionel Skidmore looked like an easy target. The thieves mounted a bus, then immediately turned and got…

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Bob Arno on redflagging as criminal profiling

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[Finally, a few words from Bob Arno.] As we travel the world every year, we interact with organized crime figures, street criminals, and security…

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Social engineering vs. security theater

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For a cross-country flight, I packed a lunch of deconstructed sandwiches. Slices of homemade walnut bread, a handful of arugula, a tomato, and a…

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Feeding security-types

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Ever the facilitators, Bob and I hosted dinner for a few security types the other night. Attending were Jo and Willy Allison, who put…

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