Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Lighthouse is a beacon to keep travelers safe and secure.

“The danger which is least expected soonest comes to us.”

– Voltaire

Travel is a life imperative (in our humble opinion) but equally as important is the safety and security of the traveling community. Safe travel means safe journeys, so that your love for travel grows and you keep becoming worldly wise with each holiday trip.

We face numerous risks to our safety and security–a pandemic, social unrest, crime, natural disasters–so we have to be prepared for the unexpected.

William M. Jeffer (former President, Union Pacific Railroad Co. (1946)) said that “Safety, in its widest sense, concerns the happiness, contentment and freedom of mankind.” Thus, safety is about the protection of humanity as much as it is our personal self.

At the end of the day, the goals here are about your safety and security.

Safe travels!

  • China is not happy with Australia after its prime minister extended its travel ban of foreign nationals leaving the country for seven additional days in the wake of a deepening Coronavirus crisis. There will be a weekly review of the China Travel ban, and its decision is the result of businesses warning that it could add to the damage of the domestic economy thanks to the virus and the communist regime’s protests. According to a Chinese embassy spokesperson, since the COVID-19 outbreak, China has taken broad, strict prevention and control measures that have surpassed the WHO and International Health Regulations’ recommendations. The spokesperson said this is leading to positive results, and the epidemic will soon be over. WHO does not feel it is necessary to put travel and trade limitations on China. Australia and a handful of other countries have gone to extremes, which many consider to be an overreaction. [...]

  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck portrayers at Walt Disney World have all filed police reports on claims tourists are inappropriately touching them. The reports, filed with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, note the following: Mickey Mouse’s portrayer said she suffered neck injuries, seeking hospital care after a grandmother patted her character’s head. Portrayers of both Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse claim tourists grouped them. It’s just some of the many instances being reported by WDW employees. In November, a Disney Princess employee informed investigators a 51-year-old man had groped her breast when taking a picture. That man was arrested. Andrea Finger, a spokeswoman for Disney, said, everybody deserves to feel safe at work, and cast members should come forward if they don’t feel comfortable about a situation. She said Cast Members are provided with an array of resources to protect themselves. According to the sheriff’s office, the incident [...]

  • With the wildfires still raging something fierce, Australia's New South Wales (NSW) government declared a week-long emergency with the region ravaged by the bushfires and the number of deaths still climbing. And, the dangerous conditions will persist into the weekend with strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures expected. The NSW government issued a state of emergency under the 1989 Emergency and Rescue Management Act, which can be enacted under the threat of “significant and widespread danger to life and property.” With this state of emergency enacted in New South Wales Australia, people in the crossfire can expect road closures and evacuations. According to Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Premier, the emergency will begin Friday morning and last for seven days. Berejiklian said the weekend forecast and the unpredictability of the current fire situation led to the enactment of the seven day State of Emergency declaration. She said people are advised to [...]

  • American Airlines has decided to remove even more of its Boeing 737 Max aircraft fleet from its flight schedule through Sept. 3. The move may be a suggestion that recertifying the grounded fleet is going much more slowly than the company was hoping for. This means American Airlines is going to cancel about 115 flights a day through Labor Day, which is considered the unofficial end to summer travels. The airline had removed 24 of its 737 Max from the schedule until Aug. 19. American Airlines released a statement Sunday saying it’s still confident that the 737 Max software updates would help with the problems the fleet as had as well as the new training tools Boeing has come up with in conjunction with pilot unions. All this in an effort to recertify the aircraft. According to AA, the airline has been working with DOT, FAA, the National Transportation Safety [...]

  • Prospective travelers who use the Kayak travel website can now filter their trips by aircraft model. The company has introduced the feature in the wake of an Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max 8 crash on March 8 that killed everybody onboard. This was the second fatal crash for that model airplane. The first was five months ago, in October, that crashed in Indonesia shortly after the Lion Air jet took off. Kayak Chief Technology Officer Giorgos Zacharia said the company received feedback suggesting the website offer filters for aircraft models, which would allow customers to exclude or include different makes. He said the enhancement was a commitment to offering customers the information they needed to ensure confidence while traveling. Many countries’ aviation authorities have ordered that the 373 Max planes not be flown in their airspace. On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration declared they were banning the use of [...]

  • Many people consider India an utterly unsafe place to travel alone, and while that may be true to some extent, there’s no denying the fact that this country is beautiful and each state has something amazing to offer in terms of sightseeing and cuisine.

  • World Footprints will open up our new "Travelers University" to share some important things that you should know about the cruise industry and travel insurance.  Whether you are a first time cruiser or have sailed the seven seas for years, there are things about the cruise industry that you probably don’t know. For as much enjoyment as a cruise provides there is a dark side to cruising that generally goes unreported. Cruise companies and cruise ships negatively impact communities through air and water pollution, economic leakage and tax avoidance, as well as overtourism. Such negative impacts can arise where cruise companies are based, where they pass through, and where they dock. Author and Saturday Evening Post contributor, Elizabeth Becker, joins us to reveal the dangers that passengers often face upon boarding. World Footprints Travelers University will continue with an expert panel that will addresse many questions surrounding the decision to purchase travel insurance. Travel [...]

  • The outbreak and apparent resurgence of the H1N1 virus, commonly referred to as the Swine Flu, has caught the world by surprise and worldwide concern over this virus is affecting many peoples lives, including their travel plans.

  • This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel'n On and before rebranding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS. The way we travel will soon be changing, particularly when it comes to required documentation and airport security. But your Traveling Enthusiasts welcome representatives from Border Protection and the TSA who will update you on all the changes, and offer Practical tips and info on everything from passports to handling the security lines at the airport. Plus- find out about Mayfest in Downtown Frederick, MD. Travel often goes smoothly. Most likely, your flights have been rescheduled, delayed, or canceled. Even though you may have spent sleepless hours in airport lounges, you were probably not in danger. The key to travel security is being prepared and avoiding danger. Individual travelers and travel managers must be provided with up-to-date information on any major events that may have an impact on [...]