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Secure Flight Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Secure Flight program has been created to ensure a smoother process and safer flights by transferring government watch list matching from the airlines to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The airlines will begin to submit additional Secure Flight data (noted below) to the TSA on a rolling basis. Official implementation dates by airline will not be made public but the process is expected to begin this month and be completed by no later than the first quarter 2010. For international airlines, that timeline is towards the end of 2010.

The additional data that will be submitted includes:

This additional data will be collected during the booking process, either online via the SEGOnline booking tool or over the phone by a travel counselor.

You can access additional information and some FAQ.s about the Secure Flight program here:
http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/secureflight/index.shtm

Lithium Battery - Carry-On Restriction Change

Effective January 1, 2008 new rules apply to the spare lithium batteries you carry with you in case the battery in a device runs low. Please see the DOT website at http://safetravel.dot.gov/whats_new_batteries.html for details on the regulation changes. The following document provided by the Portable Rechargeable Battery Association explains how to calculate the approximate equivalent lithium content of lithium ion batteries.

Guide to DOT's Lithium Battery Carry-on Provisions - Jan. 2008.pdf

Tips for Healthy Travel

To make your travel experience a positive one use these tips to help you relax, enjoy your flight and arrive at your destination with a minimum of stress. If you are concerned about your health while traveling or have any special health care needs, consult your personal physician for specific advice.

Long distance travel, exciting as it may be, can also be tiring. Following these tips can reduce the stress and fatigue that may occur with long-distance travel and combat the jet lag that may result from crossing time zones on your journey:

  • Get a good night's sleep before your trip and rest as much as possible during the flight.

  • While away, get as many hours of sleep every day as you normally would at home. Taking short naps of 30 to 40 minutes will refresh you as you adjust to the new time zone.

  • Drink plenty of water and/or juice before and during the flight to stay hydrated.

  • Eat light meals during your flight. Also avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol.

  • Don't remain in one position too long; perform the simple stretches as seen below and walk when possible.

  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.



The Facts: Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a condition involving the formation of blood clots in the legs. In susceptible individuals, prolonged periods of immobility (such as travel in a car, train, or airplane, or even sitting at your desk) can increase the risk of the formation of clots. If the clot breaks free and travels to the lungs or heart, it can be fatal.

There have been some reports in the news about a relationship between DVT and air travel. Currently, the Aerospace Medical Association advises that science has not established a direct link between DVT and air travel. The World Health Organization has begun a two-year study on this, but currently advises that the risk of developing DVT during travel is very small unless preexisting risk factors exist. Some literature suggests that the exercises shown below, combined with some of the tips above, may decrease the risk of DVT. If you have any concerns about DVT, or your susceptibility to it, please consult your doctor.



Exercises


Ankle Circles
Raise your feet off the floor and rotate them in a circular motion. Make five circles in clockwise and counterclockwise directions with each foot.


Foot Pumps
With your heels on the floor, raise your toes as far as possible. Hold for a few seconds and lower them to the floor. Then raise your heels while keeping your toes on the floor and hold for several seconds. Repeat 5 times.


Shoulder Roll
While seated, keeping your arms in place, move your shoulders in a circle from front to back 5 times. Repeat in the opposite direction.


Knee to Chest Stretch
While seated, lean slightly forward and clasp your hands around one knee. Slowly pull your knee toward your chest and hold for 15 seconds. Release and switch to the other leg. Repeat twice.


Shoulder Stretch
While seated, place your right hand behind your back, on top of your left shoulder. Grasp your right elbow in your left hand and gently stretch your right shoulder toward your left side. Hold for 15 seconds. Switch arms and repeat twice.


Neck Roll
Relax your shoulders. Stretch your neck toward your left shoulder; hold for a few seconds, slowly roll your head toward your chest, and then stretch toward the right shoulder. Hold for several seconds and then reverse, rolling your head from right to left. Repeat three times.




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