Keeping out of danger, risk, or injury. Use with questions about people; when referring to things, use "security" instead.

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Can I stay in the airplane toilet during landing?

For safety purposes all airlines make you go back to your seat when you are in the toilet just before landing. But, what if you really had to go and don't come out even after persistent knocking. ...
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What car safety equipment is mandatory in Czech Republic? Do I need to carry spare tires?

Is spare tire (full size or temporary) mandatory in Czech Republic? I wonder if any tire would fit in my cars trunk. Right now, I only possess tire patch kit. I drive hatchback.
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How does the wave of terrorist attacks in Germany affect travelers?

In 2016, there have been at least 5 terrorist attacks in Germany, which is very unusual for that country. How does this affect travelers to Germany?
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In which regions do terrorists try to test whether you're Muslim? [closed]

In some terrorist attacks, such as Dhaka, the perpetrators test whether or not you're Muslim and spare you if you are, while in other terrorist attacks, such as Nice or Omagh, the attackers kill ...
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Is it safe to make groups/families sit apart from each other?

Some air companies allow you to select a seat for additional fee. Some go further and intentionally chose different seats for passengers travelling together. Consider now travelling woman with her 12-...
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Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?

On my upcoming trip I'll be starting in Asia and would love to travel overland to Europe, especially via Iran. Usually I'm not scared or intimidated by "dangerous" destinations. China is a breeze and ...
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How to deal with the fake police scam in Spain?

I have read so many internet articles about safety in Spain, and the fake police scam is one of the most mentioned problems. Most of those reported cases are that the victims are surrounded by group ...
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would it be safe to travel from Europe to South-East Asia overland with an ex-USSR-military truck?

I am thinking of travelling overland from Europe to South-East Asia with my own truck, but I concerned about personal safety in some areas. Would it be safe to drive from Europe, via Georgia (...
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How safe is the Sugar Loaf trail (Brazil)?

The Wikitravel article for Rio de Janeiro, recommends a 20-30 minutes trekking trail to access the Sugar Loaf for free. Is it safe?
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As a guest, how safe is AirBNB?

From the perspective of a guest, as opposed to a host, how safe is it staying at an AirBNB place? I understand that hosts are encouraged to provide verification and that you can communicate with ...
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Is it safe to travel to Iraqi Kurdistan? [closed]

Considering the current situation with ISIS in Iraq, is it safe for U.S. citizens to travel to Erbil and other major cities (Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah) in the Kurdish provinces in Iraq? Are there any U....
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Why have they announced to turn off phones while they are explicitly allowed?

Last week I've flown three times through Aerolíneas Argentinas, both in an Airbus A340-300 and in a Boeing 737-800. In both, the card with the safety instructions explicitly said that cameras and ...
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Hiking across Iceland

I have ~18 days to hike across Iceland during August. I'm a good hiker (last summer I spent 40 days across the Alps) and I'll be alone. I'm looking for advices for my itinerary (southbound). I'll ...
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Safe to have flight stops at Istanbul?

I've noticed that there's been far lower costs for flights that include stops in Istanbul. I assume its because of the bombing recently. I want to fly from Australia to Albania. Many of the flights ...
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Why do we fasten seatbelts for turbulence?

I have a hard time imagining turbulence strong enough to throw people out of their seats or flip an airliner upside down. Does this sometimes happen? Is there some other reason we wear seatbelts ...
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Why do they have sleeper cars for women in Thailand? Is it for security reasons?

I was reading about train travel in Thailand and noticed they have sleepers for women and children. What dangers are there that lead to having these cars? Is it just about privacy? If that is not a ...
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Are foreigners targeted in the Xinjiang / Uyghur related violence in Western China?

Recently here has been a fairly steady occurrence of violent events in Xinjiang or attributed to separatists from Xinjiang in other parts of the country. Perhaps the biggest or most known took place ...
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Nightlife in Russia

Does nightlife exist in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg)? Overall, is it safe to be out at nights as a foreigner? Is it safe to participate in nightclubs?
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Are there red light districts in St. Petersburg or Moscow?

We are going to travel to Russia (St Petersburg and Moscow). Is there any red light district (or something like that) in these cities? Where are these places? Are they safe for tourists?
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Can you put an ordinary Mac laptop (with the battery) in checked luggage?

Note that ordinary new Mac laptops (like many devices) have batteries which are simply built-in as part of the structure of the device. There's no concept of "removing" the battery or anything like ...
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How can a double citizen of Israel and Russia travel to the “Arab Boycott” countries without getting into trouble?

My friend is a double citizen of Israel and Russia, who was born in Russia and lives in Israel. He would like to travel to some of the countries which currently boycott Israel. Obviously this is a ...
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How to deal with a fear of driving?

I've just graduated college and landed a job in the US that will eventually involve me driving long distances to meet with clients. These trips will likely involve three hours of driving on highways ...
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Where I can find a guide in Peru to take me safely to the Jivaro headhunting tribe?

I'm a psychology major and I would love to barter for a shrunken head if I could still come back with my own.
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How to judge a budget hotel's safety standards?

I will be staying at a budget hotel in southeast asia soon, I'd like to know how I can find out either beforehand or when I arrive if the hotel's safety standards are good, i.e. what to look for when '...
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On Algonquin Park's Walking Trails, how likely are you to encounter and be threatened by dangerous animals?

This question assumes avoidance and confinement of food away from animals. By 'established trails', I mean the settled, permanent paths/places for travellers, such as trails for: Backpacking, ...
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Is it safe for a girl to travel alone to Turkey? [closed]

According to the news, international and local media there are not only terrorist attacks being happened in Turkey but also there are some sectarian clashes, as well as there are Human traffickers ...
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Rent a car in South America

We are thinking of renting a car from Buenos Aires to drive to Santiago. Has anyone done this and are the roads, towns encounter safe ?
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Safety in Ukraine [closed]

I am spending a week in Ukraine as part of an LGBT performing arts group. We will be under the protection of the US Embassy and will be visiting Lviv and Kiev. I know very little about the region, ...
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Is it safe & easy to travel from Israel to West Bank by taxi? [closed]

I am going to be in Israel for a while and was invited to a Friday-night dinner by some acquaintances that live in the West Bank. I, however, will be living in Tel Aviv. First, is it possible to ...
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Reliable sources to know if a country is “safe” to visit? [duplicate]

I'm from the US and interested in traveling to the Balkans. I checked the US Embassy government website for certain countries in the Balkans, and they are apparently deemed safe. But numerous people ...
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Are German festivals safe for foreigners?

Given the increased reporting of incidents of violent sexual assaults at German festivals are these festivals safe for foreign women to attend? What should be done to decrease risk when attending, for ...
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EURO 2016: floods, mass protests, state of emergency… What are the consequences for visitors?

We are currently 9 days before the start of EURO 2016 in France, and Paris and the surrounding areas are currently facing one of, if not the worst floods since 1910. the banks of the river Seine have ...
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Sierra Leone: risk of sharks?

I am planning to visit Sierra Leone. I have seen some pictures and the beaches are awesome. They have beautiful and appealing islands for diving and snorkeling. Is there a serious threat of shark ...
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How can I find out if my flight crosses dangerous territories?

I'll be flying in the next few days and I'm really concerned about the potentially dangerous territories my flight might be crossing. In this case, I'll be travelling from Singapore to Switzerland ...
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Where outside of Crimea can I experience Crimean Tatar culture?

Where can I safely experience Crimean Tatar culture? Smartraveller gives the Crimean region a do not travel rating, the worst safety rating possible. Are there parts of Ukraine, or other countries, ...
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Travelling through Turkey with Russian Passport

I'm not really into politics and a friend of mine advised me not to travel through Turkey due to political tensions. Now the price through Istanbul is twices cheaper than going through London. ...
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Is it safe for a pregnant lady to go to Hokkaido in 2016?

Fukushima incident causes a lot of fears among people, as to whether it's safe for tourists to go to Japan or not. While I understand that the radiation is not a problem for normal people, what about ...
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Is it safe to travel now to Ecuador due to earthquakes?

I would like to travel to Ecuador but I don't know if it is safe to go there because of the earthquakes of the last days. In case I can't visit this country know, how much should I wait till I could ...
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What are the regulations for making a fire while camping in Iceland? [duplicate]

What are the regulations for making a controlled and monitored fire made with the intent of cooking/heating while camping in Iceland?
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Medicines and precautions on short-term business trip to India

I'm going for a one week long business trip to India (Mumbai city only). I'm from Poland / Europe, if that matters. My trip is about to start within next week or two, so I was told, that taking any ...
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What is the city center of Paris?

We are planning to go to Paris. We want to know the normal (and not expensive) places to book an hostel or an airbnb? I know for sure that these places won't be in the city center, but we want to ...
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Is sleeping on the floor in planes allowed, and if not, why not?

The scene last weekend: three cramped people trying to sleep in three bulkhead seats with those annoying immovable armrests and a whole lotta legroom in front. Why not curl up for a nap in all that ...
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Is it safe for people of Indian descent to visit Russia?

I am an individual of Indian (person from India) descent. I have been asked by my company to travel to Russia later this year to carry out a market survey related to consumer durables. I will have to ...
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In which city in Europe would a first-time cross-dresser face the lowest risk of harassment?

What would be the safest, most friendly city to go out as cross-dresser? Specifically, in Europe? It is not easy to come out, and I have been considering it for a while. I want to try it somewhere, ...
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What are good security tactics for sleeping in airports?

Sleeping in airports is something I've found myself doing more often than I ever expected, and while I have no issue with sleeping on the floor or chairs or whatever, sometimes I have valuable stuff, ...
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What's the safest color to wear at night in a bad neighborhood? [closed]

I always read that bright colors are good to wear at night for safety, but they are usually talking about visibility to cars. What about when walking and one unknowingly enters a bad neighborhood? ...
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Tactics to avoid getting harassed by corrupt police?

In Uzbekistan I was stopped, searched and questioned six times in one day. At the border with Tajikistan, one official tried hiding my paperwork to elicit something from me. In Kyrgyzstan, I was ...
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Shoe protector aerosol spray [duplicate]

Can I carry a shoe protector spray in my checked luggage to USA. It says extremely flammable aerosol. Pressurised container. may burst if heated. 200ml
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Can a tourist buy a gun in the USA?

This came up as a discussion. With recent incidents in the news, it's often argued by some members of the public in the US that guns are a requirement for safety, and that everyone should have the ...
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As an Australian driving in South Africa, what differences in traffic or road rules do I need to know?

As an Australian driving in South Africa, what differences in traffic or road rules do I need to know? I'm interested in: any differences in rules any differences in usually accepted practices any ...