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25 Years After Pan Am Flight 103, Questions Linger
CBS News / Plane Crashes / Terrorism / Travel News / Travel Safety

25 Years After Pan Am Flight 103, Questions Linger

It seems impossible to think 25 years have passed since the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded and crashed in the tiny town of Lockerbie, Scotland. It was… Read More…

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Terrorism

Travel Detective Blog: On the Ground in Nairobi, Kenya

Yesterday, Peter  landed in Nairobi to attend the Africa Hotel Investment Forum scheduled to start tomorrow.  Hours later, armed gunmen attacked the Westgate Premier Shopping Mall, a popular mall for locals and… Read More…

Don’t Freak Out About Travel Alerts! Fear is a 4-Letter Word
Middle East / Terrorism / Travel News / Travel Safety

Don’t Freak Out About Travel Alerts! Fear is a 4-Letter Word

Every time the State Department posts a travel advisory, a travel bulletin or—as happened last week—a global travel alert, I get hundreds of emails from people wondering if it’s safe… Read More…

The Truth About Terror Watch Lists
Airlines & Airports / Terrorism / Travel News / Travel Safety

The Truth About Terror Watch Lists

Today, three more suspects were taken into custody in connection with the attack on the Boston Marathon. While there is little information about the new subjects,  we recently learned that… Read More…

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Terrorism / Travel News / Travel Safety

How the Boston Bombings Will Change National Security

On Monday, two bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding hundreds. Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed on Friday morning. Later that day,  his brother, the second… Read More…

How to Help After the Boston Marathon Bombings
Terrorism / Travel News / Travel Safety / Voluntourism

How to Help After the Boston Marathon Bombings

In the aftermath of bombings at the Boston Marathon yesterday that killed three and wounded over 170, we are all looking for ways to help. The Good Outnumbers Comedian Patton… Read More…

TSA to Allow Small Knives & Golf Clubs: Are Passengers at Risk?
Airlines & Airports / CBS News / Terrorism / Travel Safety / Travel Tools

TSA to Allow Small Knives & Golf Clubs: Are Passengers at Risk?

Yesterday, the TSA announced that passengers will once again be allowed to carry on small sporting knives (less than 2.3 inches in length without locking blades and molded grips), sporting… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: Middle East Travel Safety Post Benghazi Attacks
Destinations / Middle East / Terrorism / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel News / Travel Safety

Travel Detective Blog: Middle East Travel Safety Post Benghazi Attacks

Peter is a veteran traveler to and throughout the Middle East and has covered a number of the wars in the region. He also continues to interview the leaders and… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: What the Foiled Underwear Bomb Plot Means for Our Security
Airlines & Airports / Terrorism / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel Safety

Travel Detective Blog: What the Foiled Underwear Bomb Plot Means for Our Security

With the most recent bomb plot splashed across the headlines, it’s important to look beyond the facts and see what we can take away from this episode. Are we safer… Read More…

U.S Issues New Worldwide Travel Alert After High Profile al Qaeda Deaths
Middle East / Terrorism / Travel News / Travel Safety

U.S Issues New Worldwide Travel Alert After High Profile al Qaeda Deaths

Following the killing of two top al Qaeda members on Friday, the U.S. Department of State has issued a worldwide travel alert. The warning, which took effect October 1 and… Read More…

Golden Wings Of Icarus - photo via Flickr User debaird(tm)
Airlines & Airports / Icarus Award / Terrorism / Travel News / USA

The Icarus Award: Drinking, Smuggling, Kissing & Failing

This week’s Icarus award has new iterations of some classic travel failures. Our nominees include an animal smuggler, a drunk and randy flyer, a high-profile Southwest passenger-eviction, a botched toy-inspired… Read More…