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December 11, 2011

First of two parts Those little padlocks on your zippered luggage, including the ones the TSA likes, are virtually useless against crooks. If you want to secure your belongings when you travel, you’ll need to do more. Are you going to be traveling soon? Do you own one of those lightweight nylo.../ ➝

November 12, 2011

In an era of political unrest around the world, your travels can unexpectedly make you a witness to history. It also can make you a casualty. Tracey Friley, an IBIT reader, a homegirl from Oakland and a terrific blogger herself (whom I hate right now because she’s in Paris!), did something dan.../ ➝

November 7, 2011

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media.​ TIS THE SEASON…FOR EUROPE’S CHRISTMAS MARKETS We’re moving into November, which means that Christmas markets are or soon will be opening up in almost every capital in Western Europe, and a .../ ➝

October 9, 2011

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media.​ TWO MINUTES TO LIVE Could a hundred and twenty seconds worth of forethought save your life in an airline emergency? British Airways thinks so, and they’ve got a class for their corporate passengers to t.../ ➝

October 2, 2011

It’s not been a good month for tourists in Kenya — two kidnappings, one murder and a predawn home invasion that nearly turns deadly. Is this just an ugly aberration, or part of frightening trend? The last month has produced the kind of travel news out of Kenya that most folks would rathe.../ ➝

June 11, 2011

A lot of airline passengers shrug off that warning that their little personal communicators interfere with a plane’s navigational systems. Bad idea. Really bad. Are you one of those folks who just has to make that last-second cellphone call after you board a flight, even after the cabin crew h.../ ➝

June 3, 2011

The short answer is: No. But as usual, there’s more to it than that. The latest front in the never-ending battle between you and the crooks out there is embedded in that shiny new passport of yours. You already know that those old-fashioned magnetic stripes that store your personal information.../ ➝

June 1, 2011

A United Airlines flight taking off for Ghana turns into a hockey game, with the US Air Force as referee. It was bound to happen. The Washington Post is reporting that a United Air Lines flight from Washington DC to Accra, Ghana had to return to the capital after a fistfight broke out on board. [&he.../ ➝

May 27, 2011

The death of a 66-year-old cruise ship passenger in Italy during a mugging attempt is a warning about sporting your fine jewelry when you travel. In almost every travel guidebook written for the past 30 years, experts have been issuing the same warning somewhere in their guidebooks or on their Web s.../ ➝

November 24, 2009

Not every crook is a pickpocket waiting to ambush you in some faraway place. For some, the weapons of choice are a smile and a sales pitch. But they can ruin your vacation, your credit rating and more — without you ever leaving home. We’re going to tell you how to spot them — and [.../ ➝