Is your credit card safe at cruising altitude?

Maybe it was the Bloody Mary that got Jean Shanley into trouble on a recent flight from Louisville to Las Vegas.

She paid for the $5 beverage with her American Express card and then slipped the card back into her pocketbook, where it stayed for the rest of her vacation. When she returned home, Shanley, a sales associate for a department store in Burlington, Ky., found $1,300 in fraudulent charges on the card — and she suspects that Southwest Airlines is responsible for the security breach.
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TSA Watch: Oh, so this is what they mean by “zero tolerance”

Here are two more reasons you should never check valuables in your luggage when you’re flying: Michael Pujol and his wife, Betsy Pujol Salazar.

The couple was arrested last week and charged with grand theft. Investigators say Pujol, a TSA agent at Miami International Airport, stuffed items from passengers’ luggage inside a hidden pocket in his work jacket.

The Pujols were caught after a missing iPad was traced to them through a Craigslist transaction. Pujol Salazar admitted that she and her husband had taken items stolen from luggage and sold them online for the last three years.
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Did screeners steal my headset during a security check?

Here’s a real whodunnit that almost every air traveler can relate to.

Ferdinand Burayag lost his noise-canceling headphones while transiting in Singapore’s Changi Airport recently. Actually, he believes the electronics were swiped while he was screened.

His story will resonate with anyone who has lost something valuable when they’ve flown. We already know that the TSA reportedly steals from passengers, but I don’t have to tell you the problem isn’t unique to America’s federal screeners.

The real question, as I review Burayag’s account and his correspondence with Changi’s security is: What really happened? Was the headset stolen, lost or simply misplaced?
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The honest guest’s guide to free hotel amenities

Where’s the line?

When you’re staying at a hotel, is it OK to pocket the bottles of shampoo and lotion? How about the magazines? Bathrobes? Furniture?

It depends on the traveler. A recent Travelocity survey found 86 percent of hotel guests admitted to taking toiletries, like oatmeal soap and lavender body gel. About three percent said they swiped a bathrobe or slippers, and one percent said they stole dishes, silverware, electronics and — I’m not making this up — Bibles.
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