When a crime occurs or is being investigated, one of the first determinations to be made is what legal system has jurisdiction (the authority to oversee the case)? From state court to federal court to international tribunals, jurisdiction may vary based on what type of crime is alleged and where that alleged crime took place. But how in the universe does this apply to a business travel security expert? Recently, a new complexity was added to jurisdiction: a crime that may have occurred…in outer space.
Space Crime: the New Frontier in International Travel Security
NASA is reportedly investigating the actions of an astronaut accused for accessing an estranged spouse’s bank account from space. Most law enforcement agencies have evolved with the times and have defined playbooks for investigating cybercrimes. However, this reported incident didn’t involve identity theft committed from an overseas internet café. Instead, it was purportedly done from an international space station. While it will be interesting to see how this case turns out (and what jurisdiction may ultimately own it), there is a lesson lurking behind it. How can otherwise “normal” activity while at home unwittingly land travelers in legal hot water in other, more earthly locations? This is where a business travel security expert like IMG’s Chris Hagon can help.
Tips on International Travel Security for Executives and VIPs
Common sense dictates that when you’re traveling in other countries, you probably shouldn’t commit crimes, right? You know, of course, that committing physical violence could get you arrested no matter where you are. But it’s important for travelers to know and understand local laws when visiting different countries. In particular, travelers should have heightened awareness in relation to prescription drugs. For example, prescriptions such as Adderall and Ritalin, commonly dispensed to US students for treatment of ADHD/ADD, are banned in certain countries like Japan. The decongestant Sudafed is as well, while other countries do not permit travelers to bring in certain sleep or allergy medications. As a business travel security expert with decades of experience, IMG can let your executives and employees know about the specific risks and precautions related to legal issues in the country / countries they are going to.
As in the recent “space case,” Internet usage can be an issue overseas. Travelers should always ensure that their internet activities are permissible under the laws of the destination country they are visiting. Many travelers access websites and content without thinking twice about it if they do it at home. They might use streaming services…or VPNs…or even work remotely while on vacation in other countries. But what might be normal at home could be violating the laws of another country. Problems can be avoided by consulting with a travel expert about what is considered illegal at an intended destination before planning international travel. That awareness is strongly encouraged…because nothing ruins a holiday or business trip quite like a criminal investigation!