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US judge dismisses challenge to suspicionless laptop searches at the border

Judge Edward Korman dismissed the ACLU suit, Abidor v. Napolitano, allowing the US Customs and Border Protection program of random border searches and seizures of electronic devices to continue with no requirement of warrants, probable cause, or reasonable suspicion. Ned Levi discusses the CPB program, court rulings which have affected it, and advice for international travelers entering the US.
By |January 6th, 2014|Columns|0 Comments|

Court has ruled some Customs Border Protection searches and confiscations illegal

The Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, has made a new ruling concerning searches and seizures of passenger belongings at the border of the US, stating that CBP agents need to recognize there is an expectation of privacy and can't do a search without a reason. Ned Levi discusses the new ruling and what its effect might be for international travelers.
By |September 16th, 2013|Columns|3 Comments|

Noise-canceling headsets … worth every dime they cost!

Listening to one's MP3 player, smartphone, DVD player, or laptop while flying can mean you need to crank up their volume hear them above the jet engine noise in the cabin, as well as other cabin noise. Ned Levi examines the use of noise cancelling headsets and ranks his top 3 units.
By |October 4th, 2010|Columns|21 Comments|

Packing your carry-ons defensively

Ned Levi discusses packing your carry-ons defensively to to reduce passengers' problems at security, and the risks of breakage or lost or stolen luggage by anticipating potential carry-on woes.
By |January 25th, 2010|Columns|8 Comments|

Ned’s holiday gift suggestions for travelers

It's the holiday time of the year and Ned Levi offers his annual travelers gift list. Ned has found some potential gifts which are definitely "off the beaten path."
By |November 30th, 2009|Columns|5 Comments|

10 travel gifts I’d like to receive (hint, hint)

For weeks, travel "experts" have been inundating us with top ten gift lists of gadgets and gizmos. Since I wouldn't consider buying most of the items myself, I decided to create my own list -- for your consideration. (Hmm, I wonder if my wife is reading this.)
By |December 8th, 2008|Columns|4 Comments|

Government warns travelers of laptop threat in secret document

Turns out the Department of Homeland Security isn't the only agency confiscating traveler's laptops. Foreign governments are targeting the PCs of US corporate and government personnel traveling abroad, according to a secret document released last week. And it's about to get worse.
By |September 16th, 2008|Columns|8 Comments|

5-star amenities at a 2-star price

Amy Bradley-Hole What are the things that penny-pincher travelers can bring along to really enhance their hotel stays. Amy Bradley-Hole suggests a few five-star amenities that you can supply yourself to get 5-star treatment in 2-star properties.