Recently, The Washington Post covered concerns about widespread illness and the impact on travelers. WorldAware health and security experts gave precautions for travel.
Tony Roccaforte, Senior Security Advisor, said: "Travelers should build redundancy into their plans, adding time for delays and preparing to improvise if conditions change." He went on to say, "have backups for your backups for everything from your communication devices, batteries, food/water, medication/eyeglasses, financial tools, transportation, lodging, airfare, etc. Before leaving for travel, people should update their will and power of attorney, confirm life insurance and health insurance coverage and update their international immunization record. Travelers should create a detailed itinerary of where they'll be and when and give it to someone they trust at home."
The Washington Post also spoke with Courtney Kansler, Senior Health Intelligence Analyst. She added insight from a health perspective: "the basics are key to preventing infection." She relayed that this includes frequent handwashing, moving from landside to airside quickly, and distancing yourself from those who are sick.
About Tony Roccaforte
Tony Roccaforte is a Senior Security Advisor covering Terrorism, Armed Conflict, and Security Services. Tony has been working in risk management and intelligence since 2013. Prior to entering the private sector, Tony served eight years in the US Army with four combat tours split between the 82nd Airborne Division and 5th Special Forces Group (Green Berets). Tony has experience in direct action operations, Human Intelligence (HUMINT), mission planning/red-teaming, surveillance/counter-surveillance, site exploitation, and Foreign Internal Defense (FID). He holds a BA in Islamic World Studies from DePaul University in Chicago. He is also a certified small-arms instructor.
About Courtney Kansler
Courtney joined WorldAware in July 2014. She obtained her degree from Marlboro College with a focus on combat psychology and traumatic brain injuries in military veterans from the Vietnam Era through OEF/OIF, with a double-major in Islamic studies. She is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and has practiced her skills for over ten years with fire departments in Vermont and Maryland, US, and has worked in rural medical clinics in Zimbabwe and Guatemala.