Security

Nairobi airport security

Nairobi Airport Security Officer’s Bribe

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My sister had the most terrifying experience in Nairobi a few weeks ago. “As you know,” she said to her jet-setting family members, “flying…

Millennium Biltmore security lapse

Hotel Oddity #52 — Millennium Biltmore security lapse

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I wrote about this ages ago, way back in Hotel Oddity #6, but back then the idiotic installation was in the Miami Radisson Mart…

The Art of Invisibility, by Kevin Mitnick

The Art of Invisibility, by Kevin Mitnick, reveals how data on us is gathered

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Our Data, Our Selves They know who you are. They know what you buy, where you live, where you work, where you go in…

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….

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…

Framed and accused of theft

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…

Travel. Glamorous?

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…

Airport security belt steals

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.”…

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…

Masked man “swapped boarding pass”?

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…

Police, security, challenge photographers despite public right

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…

Hotel oddity #6

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…

hotel safe theft

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,…

Hotel oddity #5

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…

Hotel Oddity #4

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…

When TSA confiscates your pocket knife…

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….

Hotel safe theft

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….

Halliburton

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…

hotel security

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…

Commercial flight; no security

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!…

Thieves in airports

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…

Airport danger and the strategist thief

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…

Laptops lost in airports

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…

A false sense of security

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…

Bob Arno on redflagging as criminal profiling

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…

Social engineering vs. security theater

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…