Security in Traveling

Posted by on December 16th, 2009

For the last six months, KCSA has been producing a security-related webinar series for our client Insite Security, a company specializing in personal security for high net worth individuals as well as large national and multi-national corporations. In that time, they’ve covered a number of issues including how companies should be preparing for the swine flu, preparing for medical emergencies in the workplace and when traveling abroad and how to secure valuable collections. 


As a frequent business traveler, the most recent webinar particularly resonated with me and I realize now that I have not been “active” in staying safe.  So I thought I would invite our client, Christopher Falkenberg, the founder and President of Insite Security, to share some of his tips with us. 

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With the winter travel season in high gear, what dangers does travel pose for you?  For your employees?

 For public relations executives, travel is almost a way of life.  From trade shows to client meetings half way across the globe, rarely does a month go by with out plane or train tickets in hand.  We’ve all glazed over and picked up the SkyMall when the flight attendants are review safety procedures – but if you had to get quickly out of a smoky plane and only had seconds, would you really know exactly where the exit is? 


Here are a few tips from last week’s webinar called “Where Is the Exit? Avoiding the Trouble that Awaits when Traveling” hosted by Former Secret Security Agent and Founder of Insite Security, Christopher Falkenberg and Dr. Daniel Carlin of WorldClinic:


  • Pay attention to the pre-flight safety briefing and review the safety card, if only to look at the diagram of exits.  The most important thing in this process is planning on how to get out.  The hard thing to do in emergencies is think clearly, so it’s really good to have somewhat of a plan ahead of time of all the things you have to do.


  • Rehearsing in your mind how you’re going to get out, and visualizing the process.  Make sure you count the rows to the closest exit because chances are in a smoke-filled cabin, you’ll be crawling to the exit instead of running.


  • DO NOT TAKE YOUR CARRY-ON LUGGAGE.  Natural instinct is to grab it – but that wastes precious time and can even cause more harm if it gets stuck in aisles or goes careening down an emergency exit chute.


  • Always carry a flashlight – preferably a lithium cell flashlight.  Many Secret Service agents believe that there is no tool more useful than a good flashlight!

 Pay attention to other passengers especially people who look like they are in the military or law enforcement.  You can tell not only by haircut but also by hand luggage and clothing.  These are people who you know can help in case an emergency arises and the crew asks for help.