The Anvil Group, a specialist in crisis avoidance services, advises business travelers on the importance of safety and security at airports in light of the recent survey results released by Barclaycard Business. The Barclaycard Business Travel survey found that over 17% of CEOs were less tolerant to airport security policies and thought them a waste of time. The Anvil Group advises travelers not to loiter in any crowded area, whether an airport, train station or anywhere else, but continue to move through them in a controlled pace to avoid becoming a target.
Business travel is an important part of corporate success. Despite the current economic climate, the need for business travel both domestically and internationally remains. With security issues being top of the corporate agenda, businesses need to ensure that the traveler is aware of the company Travel Safety and Security Policy and adhere to certain common-sense measures. “It is important that senior-level executives understand that the higher up they are on the corporate ladder, the greater the risk for kidnap and extortion or being a high-level target,” warns The Anvil Group Director, Matthew Judge. “If a company does not carry out a proper risk assessment of a travel destination it is willingly placing its employees in harms way and not equipping them with adequate information that might have a significant impact to their health, safety and wellbeing.” While the survey also found that 90% of business travelers feel safe when traveling through airports, it is still of utmost importance to remain alert at all times. “Though there have been drastic improvements in airport security in recent years, it is worth remembering that the trip from the airport to the hotel exposes the traveler to even more threats,” Judge adds. “Travelers should move through check-in and security to the departure lounge as quickly as possible to avoid exposure in un-secure and crowded areas. In today’s global environment there is no room for lackluster attitudes towards safety and security.”
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