Safety and Security



Change to Global Aviation Security Requirements

In light of evaluated intelligence, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly has determined it is necessary to implement enhanced security measures for all commercial flights to the United States.  These measures, both seen and unseen, include enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices as well as heightened security standards for aircraft and airports.

  • Countries: 105
  • Airports: 280 (approximate number as it will vary based on seasonal airports)
  • Total airlines: 180
  • Average daily flights: 2,100
  • Passengers: 325,000 average daily passengers

Cruise Industry

 The U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for cruise ship safety. Although each cruise ship is subject to the vessel inspection laws of the country in which it is registered, as a condition of permitting the vessels to take on passengers at U.S. ports, the Coast Guard requires the ships to meet the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea and other international regulations. Among other things, these regulations concern structural fire protection, firefighting and lifesaving equipment, watercraft integrity and stability, vessel control, navigation safety, crewing and crew competency, safety management and environmental protection. The Coast Guard conducts routine onboard inspections of cruise ships to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. 

Safe Travels

 The last thing you want is to arrive at your destination and find out that the country is embroiled in a civil war or coupattempt. Read up on the country (or countries) you're visiting and check with the U.S. State Department to make sure there aren't any travel alerts or warnings for that country. (Other countries keep their own websites to alert foreign travelers. For example, Canadian travelers can check with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada before they go, and British citizens can go to the Foreign & Commonwealthwebsite.)Register your trip ahead of time with the U.S. State Department, so that they can get in touch with you while you're away if there's an emergency in your family or an urgent situation in the country you're visiting.Familiarize yourself with the country's local laws and customs, and learn at least a few words of the local language. You can buy a language computer program, video or book. Memorize a few important phrases, such as "Where is the U.S. embassy?" and "I need medical help." Bring a travel dictionary or digital language translator with you in case you get into trouble.Make sure you have all the paperwork you need before you go, including:

  • Your passport, visas and other travel papers -- as well as copies. Make sure you also leave a copy of these documents and your credit cards with a friend or relative at home.
  • Health insurance that will cover you at your destination. You may need to purchase a specific plan for your destination to cover you on your trip.
  • An international driving permit. Check beforehand whether the country will accept a U.S. driver's license.
  • Prescriptions for any medications you're taking with you.