Why you’re stealing from your travel company

When you think of stealing from a travel company, swiping a towel or bathrobe from a hotel probably comes to mind. Read more “Why you’re stealing from your travel company”

Attention, holiday shoppers! The bad guys are following you

It was supposed to be a special day for my kids.
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Is your credit card safe at cruising altitude?

Maybe it was the Bloody Mary that got Jean Shanley into trouble on a recent flight from Louisville to Las Vegas.

She paid for the $5 beverage with her American Express card and then slipped the card back into her pocketbook, where it stayed for the rest of her vacation. When she returned home, Shanley, a sales associate for a department store in Burlington, Ky., found $1,300 in fraudulent charges on the card — and she suspects that Southwest Airlines is responsible for the security breach.
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TSA Watch: Oh, so this is what they mean by “zero tolerance”

Here are two more reasons you should never check valuables in your luggage when you’re flying: Michael Pujol and his wife, Betsy Pujol Salazar.

The couple was arrested last week and charged with grand theft. Investigators say Pujol, a TSA agent at Miami International Airport, stuffed items from passengers’ luggage inside a hidden pocket in his work jacket.

The Pujols were caught after a missing iPad was traced to them through a Craigslist transaction. Pujol Salazar admitted that she and her husband had taken items stolen from luggage and sold them online for the last three years.
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Did screeners steal my headset during a security check?

Here’s a real whodunnit that almost every air traveler can relate to.

Ferdinand Burayag lost his noise-canceling headphones while transiting in Singapore’s Changi Airport recently. Actually, he believes the electronics were swiped while he was screened.

His story will resonate with anyone who has lost something valuable when they’ve flown. We already know that the TSA reportedly steals from passengers, but I don’t have to tell you the problem isn’t unique to America’s federal screeners.

The real question, as I review Burayag’s account and his correspondence with Changi’s security is: What really happened? Was the headset stolen, lost or simply misplaced?
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What to do if the TSA takes your child

tsa checkpointNicole White describes herself as a 28-year-old freelancing writer, “tattooed liberal” and mom to a 16-month-old son, Jackson. She lives in Annapolis, Md., with her husband, Paul, a Navy pilot.

While White and her son were passing through the security checkpoint in Atlanta yesterday, she claims a TSA agent walked away with her toddler.
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