Cases of sexual assault against female travellers have been reported. Always travel in groups and avoid isolated areas, including unsupervised beaches, especially at night. Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as they may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault.
Email (phishing) and telephone scams are common methods used by criminals to lure people into disclosing personal information such as credit card numbers and account information. These scams intentionally impersonate trusted brands to leverage goodwill and avoid suspicion. They appear to be authentic and may go so far as to use logos and official sounding email addresses.
SYRIA - TERRORISM - Latakia - UPDATE: A car bomb detonated in the government-held Syrian city of Latakia, in the Sahat al-Hamam district, killing one person and wounding 14   INDIA - SECURITY - Gadchiroli - Suspected Maoists shot dead three villagers in Maharashtras Gadchiroli district on suspicion that their tip-off to police led to killing of 40 ultras.   PHILIPPINES - SECURITY - Rizal - NPA terrorists attack construction workers in Quezon, burn equipment. Checkpoints were also beef-up in the area while troops are conducting pursuit operations.   INDONESIA - FLOODING - Makassar - Parts of Makassar City were flooded following incessant heavy rain. Floodwaters reached height of up to 1.5 meters in Katimbang, Biringkanayan Sub-district.   ZIMBABWE - BUS - Government deploys armed soldiers and police para-military support unit to man ZUPCO buses carrying passengers after rioting last week.    Travel Smart… Travel Safe … www.eTravelAlerts.com
Other changes include: some airports have stopped curb-side baggage check, anything vaguely resembling a knife or lighter may or may not be confiscated (although lighters suddenly stopped being dangerous a year ago), you're sometimes only allowed one carry-on plus a purse, briefcase, diaper bag or the like, non-passengers aren't allowed past security, all passengers must have a document that looks like a boarding pass at most airports to get past security, you may have to put your toothpaste and shampoo in a baggie that may have to be a one quart size, some parking areas close to terminals are closed. But check-in clerks no longer ask you whether you packed your own suitcase.
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Passengers are subject to much more extensive screening than in the past, including screening of checked baggage at check-in time, and, according to news reports pat downs that approach groping. Airlines recommend arriving at least an hour earlier than before. In my experience the extra delay is rarely more than 15 minutes, even with the extra baggage screening, although I usually fly out of smaller airports, not big hubs where you can get the killer two hour lines. The TSA has handed back screening at a surprising number of airports to private contractors, all of whom wear outfits intended to look like TSA uniforms. There is remarkable inconsistency in procedures from one airport to another, particularly with respect to your shoes, is worse than ever. Don't put your shoes in a bin, do put your shoes in a bin, and they all insist very loudly that whatever their rule is has always been the rule everywhere. A variety of extra cost "trusted traveller" plans may allow people to get through the screening faster, or may just involve waiting in a different line. The TSA makes no promises. If you don't want to go through the X-ray machines, whose safety is nowhere near as clear as the TSA would like you to believe, you can get a light body massage instead. They have a web site with estimated wait times based on averages in previous months, not real time numbers.
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