Travel And Terrorism

The first and best protection is​ to​ avoid travel to​ areas where there has been a​ persistent record of​ terrorist attacks or​ kidnappings.

Most terrorist attacks are the​ result of​ careful planning. Just as​ a​ car thief will first be attracted to​ an​ unlocked car with the​ key in​ the​ ignition,​ terrorists are looking for the​ most accessible targets. the​ chances that a​ tourist,​ traveling with an​ unpublished program or​ itinerary,​ would be the​ victim of​ terrorism are slight. in​ addition,​ many terrorist groups,​ seeking publicity for political causes within their own country or​ region,​ may not be looking for American targets.

Nevertheless,​ the​ following pointers may help you​ avoid becoming a​ target of​ opportunity. These precautions may provide some degree of​ protection,​ and can serve as​ practical and psychological deterrents to​ would-be terrorists.

* Schedule direct flights if​ possible,​ and avoid stops in​ high-risk airports or​ areas.
* Be cautious about what you​ discuss with strangers or​ what others may overhear.
* Try to​ minimize the​ time spent in​ the​ public area of​ an​ airport,​ which is​ a​ less protected area. Move quickly from the​ check-in counter to​ the​ secured areas. Upon arrival,​ leave the​ airport as​ soon as​ possible.
* as​ much as​ possible,​ avoid luggage tags,​ dress and behavior that may draw attention to​ yourself.
* Keep an​ eye out for abandoned packages or​ briefcases,​ or​ other suspicious items. Report them to​ airport authorities and leave the​ area promptly.
* Avoid obvious terrorist targets,​ such as​ places where Westerners are known to​ congregate.
* Watch for people following you​ or​ "loiterers" observing your comings and goings.
* Report any suspicious activity to​ local police,​ and the​ nearest U.S. embassy or​ consulate.
* Keep a​ mental note of​ safe havens,​ such as​ police stations,​ hotels,​ and hospitals. Formulate a​ plan of​ action for what you​ will do if​ a​ bomb explodes or​ there is​ gunfire nearby.
* Select your own taxicabs at​ random. Don't take a​ vehicle that is​ not clearly identified as​ a​ taxi. Compare the​ face of​ the​ driver with the​ one on​ his or​ her posted license.
* if​ possible,​ travel with others.
* Be sure of​ the​ identity of​ visitors before opening the​ door of​ your hotel room. Don't meet strangers at​ your hotel room,​ or​ at​ unknown or​ remote locations.
* Refuse unexpected packages.
* Check for loose wires or​ other suspicious activity around your car.
* Be sure your vehicle is​ in​ good operating condition.
* Drive with car windows closed in​ crowded streets. Bombs can be thrown through open windows.
* if​ you​ are ever in​ a​ situation where somebody starts shooting,​ drop to​ the​ floor or​ get down as​ low as​ possible. Don't move until you​ are sure the​ danger has passed. Do not attempt to​ help rescuers and do not pick up a​ weapon. if​ possible,​ shield yourself behind a​ solid object. if​ you​ must move,​ crawl on​ your stomach.

Hijacking/Hostage Situations

While every hostage situation is​ different,​ there are some general considerations to​ keep in​ mind.

* U.S. Government policy is​ firm: we do not make concessions to​ terrorists. When Americans are abducted overseas,​ we look to​ the​ host government to​ exercise its responsibility under international law to​ protect all persons within its territories and to​ bring about the​ safe release of​ hostages. We work closely with these governments from the​ outset of​ a​ hostage-taking incident to​ ensure that our citizens and other victims are released as​ quickly and safely as​ possible.
* at​ the​ outset of​ a​ terrorist incident,​ the​ terrorists typically are tense,​ high-strung and may behave irrationally. it​ is​ extremely important that you​ remain calm and alert,​ and control your own behavior.
* Avoid resistance and sudden or​ threatening movements. Do not struggle or​ try to​ escape unless you​ are certain of​ being successful. Don't try to​ be a​ hero,​ endangering yourself and others.
* Consciously put yourself in​ a​ mode of​ passive cooperation. Talk normally. Do not complain,​ avoid belligerency,​ and comply with all orders and instructions.
* if​ questioned,​ keep your answers short. Don't volunteer information or​ make unnecessary overtures.
* Make a​ concerted effort to​ relax. Prepare yourself mentally,​ physically and emotionally for the​ possibility of​ a​ long ordeal.
* Try to​ remain inconspicuous,​ avoid direct eye contact and the​ appearance of​ observing your captors' actions.
* Avoid alcoholic beverages. Eat what they give you,​ even if​ it​ does not look or​ taste appetizing,​ but keep consumption of​ food and drink at​ a​ moderate level. a​ loss of​ appetite and weight is​ normal.
* if​ you​ are involved in​ a​ lengthier,​ drawn-out situation,​ try to​ establish a​ rapport with your captors,​ avoiding political discussions or​ other confrontational subjects.
* Establish a​ daily program of​ mental and physical activity.
* Think positively and avoid a​ sense of​ despair. you​ are a​ valuable commodity to​ your captors,​ and it​ is​ important to​ them to​ keep you​ alive and well.
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