Is it safe to logon to an airport’s wireless internet service?
Yes, it’s okay to surf the web wirelessly, but think twice before entering personal information such as banking passwords or credit card numbers when connected wirelessly.
Open hotspots are also hotspots for hackers. Here’s how it works: though you think you’re logging on to the Internet through a legitimate wireless hotspot such as an airport’s, cafés or hotel’s complimentary Wi-Fi service, wireless hackers are creating look-alike networks to steal your information. The network’s name might be the same as the legitimate name or it might be different.
For example, when turning on your laptop at the airport you might be asked if you want to join the “Free Airport Wireless” network. It may be the real thing, or it may be a hacker’s network. If it’s the hackers, your laptop is an easy target.
What’s the best way to pack liquids?
Use plastic bottles and only fill them half way (in case they’re crushed or the contents freeze and expand), place plastic wrap over the top, and put the cap on tightly over the plastic wrap. You also might want to pack them in plastic freezer bags.
How can I avoid waiting in long lines at the airport?
Before you leave for the airport, check your flight status online or with the airline for an update.
Delayed flights often lead to longer lines, so be sure to arrive early enough to make your flight. When available, check-in online rather than at the airport and use curbside baggage check-in to avoid the long lines at airport counters.
What should I do if my flight is delayed or canceled?
If possible, use your cell phone to either call or check online for alternate flights which may be available.
The last thing you want to do is wait in line at the airport counter with everyone else.
If you will need hotel accommodations due to the flight delay or cancellation, you might also want to make a reservation yourself as rooms quickly become unavailable in these situations.
If I use electronic ticketing, what should I bring to the airport?
Be sure to bring your driver’s license or other government-issued picture I.D., such as a passport or state I.D. card.
The name on your ticket must match the name on your I.D. exactly. You will also need your ticket confirmation number, and the credit card your ticket was charged on.