Air Travel Safety
Some items should not be carried on an aircraft in either hand baggage or checked luggage because of the danger they represent for the passengers and crew. Many of these items are commonly used at work or in the home. Some exemptions are allowed for medical devices and personal care items. If in doubt, check with your air carrier.
Information on child air safety Madden's Air Transportation Safety Resources contains an annotated bibliography of books concerning air transportation safety, links to other related WWW sites, an on-line academic course on air transportation safety, Kenneth G. Madden's on-line vitae, the full text of Mr. Madden's applicable papers, and an essay on aviation safety. Mr. Madden's Ph.D. Dissertation will appear on-line when completed along with other documents for the planned future expansion of the site. United States Department of State Travel Warnings & Consular Information Sheets
Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department decides, based on all relevant information, to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Countries where avoidance of travel is recommended will have Travel Warnings as well as Consular Information Sheets.
Consular Information Sheets are available for every country of the world. They include such information as location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the subject country, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties. If an unstable condition exists in a country that is not severe enough to warrant a Travel Warning, a description of the condition(s) may be included under an optional section entitled "Areas of Instability." On limited occasions, we also restate in this section any U.S. Embassy advice given to official employees. Consular Information Sheets generally do not include advice, but present information in a factual manner so the traveler can make his or her own decisions concerning travel to a particular country.
Public Announcements are a means to disseminate information about terrorist threats and other relatively short-term and/or Trans-national conditions posing significant risks to the security of American travelers. They are made any time there is a perceived threat and usually have Americans as a particular target group. In the past, Public Announcements have been issued to deal with short-term coups, bomb threats to airlines, violence by terrorists and anniversary dates of specific terrorist events.