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Is it possible to manually release an oxygen mask on airplanes?

I read that a passenger of MH17 was found with an oxygen mask. Is it possible to manually release just a single mask in case someone is having a medical condition like an asthma attack?
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What are safe uses of non-potable water?

While traveling, you come across many different levels of water safety. In some countries you can drink the tap water, and in others you should avoid it at all costs. Where do you draw the line when ...
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What are the fake police checkpoints in Mexico looking for?

I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to ask this, but my reason for asking is travel; and travel safety (as well as sheer curiosity). Last week I came across a clearly1 fake2 police ...
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Statistically, is there a safest seat on the plane if it crashes?

So to clarify, there are lots of different planes, so for the sake of argument, there are areas: front left front right front middle forward front, right, middle over the left wing over the right ...
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Can I get warfarin in Tajikistan (or nearby?)

I've run into a major problem, requiring urgent Warfarin. However, am in Khorog, Tajikistan, and there's NONE in town, and the pharmacist at the hospital believes there to be none in the country, ...
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How Safe are Train Rides in the U.S.?

I've used the train in the U.K. with no problem, but I don't know what to expect in the U.S. How safe it is to travel via train in the U.S.? For example, is it safe for me to travel from the east ...
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Is it safe/possible for a long haired guy to visit North Korea?

I would like to visit North Korea someday, because it is a rather unique country. However, I am guy with a long hair which I am unwilling to cut and I've heard that they are strongly enforcing gender ...
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Is all of Afghanistan dangerous for travellers?

Recently I have read a few travel books to get some inspiration for the next long summer journey. I was especially reading Lonely Planet travel guides. I was a little bit surprised that they very ...
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Devil's pool safety at Victoria Falls

The Devil's pool is a natural pool on the edge of Victoria falls you can swim in during certain months (I saw people doing last September). Image is in public domain. Source: Wikipedia. Firstly, I ...
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Are flights (generally) cheaper on Friday the 13th, compared to regular Fridays or 13ths?

Given the superstitious nature of some travellers, are flights cheaper on Friday the 13th? image source from Wikipedia I have some anecdotal evidence of this, including a friend who moved ...
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Visiting Russia as an Arab. Am I going to be hassled?

I was chatting with a friend after I saw his photos in Russia (Petersburg). He is a white British dude who has been to many, many, many countries. In the other hand, I am a pure Arab who look like a ...
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Do ships sink nowadays? [closed]

People who have a phobia of traveling by air point out that that traveling by sea is safer. We all know that at least one aircraft a year crashes, often more, and usually all people aboard die when ...
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Staying in Johannesburg for a few months: how safe am I as a white person?

South Africa has always fascinated me, due to its insane history. I've thought about doing an internship there, and I've now wanted to gather a bit more information. How safe am I, as a Caucasian ...
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Is it safe to travel to Socotra, Yemen?

I have been wanting to travel to Socotra, Yemen to see the dragonblood trees and bizarrely beautiful landscapes for a while now, but given the current instability in the rest of Yemen, is it ...
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How reliable is the Cuban public transport network?

I am going on holiday to Cuba for two weeks and would like to do lots of exploring of different areas and towns travelling mostly by bus and possibly train (avoiding air travel where possible). My ...
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“Flight mode” phone use banned on Ryanair. Is this a worldwide phenomenon?

On a couple of recent flights with Ryanair I've noticed that they require phones to be turned off during the whole flight even if they are in the "flight mode". Pretty annoying that you can not use ...
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Maps with road drivability grading

Recently I went to Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare, Ireland (it is nice place, you should visit it.. but by bus of course). I went there by car. Driving on the road is a OMG-super-duper hard; I can't ...
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How safe is it to fly with Ryanair?

We all know how great it feels when we find a cheap flight via Ryanair, but are you actually getting what you paid for? Recently I've heard stories about Ryanair's reputation when it comes to safety ...
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What do travellers to England need to know about social class?

One aspect that British society is known for its social class system, but how does this apply to foreigners? I will be in London and Manchester for a week, and knowing which neighbourhoods to avoid or ...
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General security concerns about Cancun, Mexico

I am planning to go on vacation with my girlfriend (We are both in our early twenties) in a 5 star hotel in Cancun, Mexico. My concerns: I've seen a documentary where a young guy got drugged in ...
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Is it safe to drive the Baja Peninsula?

I want to drive from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas but I've heard of people being pulled over by corrupt cops and being hassled by people on the peninsula. I speak fluent Spanish and I'm pretty street ...
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Comparative safety of countries in Central America

When considering general safety for travelers visiting a foreign country, how do the Central American countries compare (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama)? Are ...
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Are some parts of Iraq currently possible to visit for the brave, adventurous, and open-minded traveller?

OK I know Iraq is utterly totally off the vast majority of people's itineraries for the immediate future. But I am pretty sure I have heard of some extreme adventurous types going there and following ...
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Am I too heavy for Chinese hard sleeper trains?

I'm not talking about size, I'm talking about weight. I weigh 270 lbs (120 kg). I'm (irrationally?) afraid I will break my berth. I've gone on soft sleeper class before and it was fine. But pictures ...
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Safety considerations for solo female business traveller in Mexico

I'm heading to León in Mexico next week in a business capacity. Other than the usual precautions that solo female business travellers normally take (don't go looking for trouble, have an emergency ...
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Which country should I go to in order to see gorillas?

I understand that you can see gorillas in the wild in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. In planning a trip to Africa to see gorillas, why might I choose one country over another considering factors such as ...
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Is it safe to take a road trip going through Northern Mexico? What precautions should I take?

To get to southern Mexico from the US you obviously have to drive through the North (or fly). The British Foreign Office advisory makes it sound like the northern regions are a lot more dangerous ...
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Would it be unsafe for an American to go to Moscow right now?

I'm an American, and I'm considering going to Moscow in a month. Would it likely be unsafe for me to do so, considering the current situation with Ukraine? EDIT Well, I went this summer, and it was ...
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Solo driving in Iceland in late March

I'm from San Francisco and am planning to visit Iceland March 22nd - 31st. My goal is to do a lot of photography at Vík and Jökulsárlón. I decided to rent a car instead of joining tour groups. I am ...
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It is safe to travel in Israel and Palestine?

I intend to travel around Israel and Palestine (excluding the Gaza Strip). When I tell people about this I am often greeted semi-shocked responses, people seem to think it is very unsafe and I am ...
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Safety in Warsaw Poland

Just want to be prepared, with no intention of judging or whatsoever, I have some questions about safety in Warsaw: Is it safe to stay in a dorm? I've read some reviews where the person get robbed ...
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How safe is it for “Western” Muslims to participlate in the Hajj and visit Mecca?

So as I hope you all know, the Hajj is a religious pilgrimage that Islam requests all its believers to participate in at least once in their lifetime if possible. Now I know that there have been many ...
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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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Is there a website that measures the level of xenophobia in countries/cities?

Is there a website that measures the level of xenophobia in countries or cities? It would be better if it's color coded. Xenophobia could mean a lot for some tourists, I myself do not like to travel ...
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Is it safe for a Muslim to visit Israel nowadays?

Is it safe for a Muslim to visit Israel nowadays? I got different answers for my question every time I ask. Can somebody with real experience help?
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Are there high crime areas in Japan that I should avoid?

According to the this link (in the "Crime" section), I should avoid the areas of "Roppongi, Shinjuku (especially the area of Kabuki-cho), Shibuya, and Ikebukuro" in Tokyo, due to them being high crime ...
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What should I do to stay safe if my flight arrives late at night?

As I was planning my trip using both my guidebooks, I came across the "Health" and "Safety" sections, only to end up very nervous for my trip to Bolivia. Both guidebooks explicitly state, "La Paz is ...
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Safety [petty crimes, mostly] in Japan

I'm fully aware of the fact that Japan is considered a quite safe country in regards of petty crimes. However, I recently stumbled upon alerts about the Roppongi area where [quoting from wikitravel] ...
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Why do flight attendants still give safety instructions if the plane has screens installed in all seats?

Safety instructions are a highlight of any trip. I always enjoy the gestures and specifically the expression in the faces when these instructions are given. Today most planes have a screen on almost ...
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How can I find a guide that will take me safely up Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus?

Where/how can I find a local/professional guide that will take me safely up Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus?
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Is there a list of words or themes that will get you thrown off a plane in the US?

I'm wondering if there's a definitive list or collection of things you should never say on a plane - eg words that if heard, will definitely get you removed, due to a rule or airline policies? I ...
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Pedestrian guide to cross the road in London?

I'm a bit confused with when to cross a street in London. Of course when I have a green light for pedestrians that's obvious, but for example how about this road that doesn't include anything for ...
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Danger zones in Austin, Texas

While reading reviews about hotels in Austin, Texas, I found some reviews talking about areas struck with crime and drugs, where it is dangerous to walk the streets. I don't drive, and would like to ...
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Why isn't it safe to swim on Goa's beaches in the “off season” (June-September)

The Wikivoyage Goa page contains the following snippet: just don't get into the water at all in the off season. The safe swimming period in Goa is November to early May I was at one of the ...
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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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Name (or search terms etc) for enhanced travel insurance for locations with travel warnings

I'm trying to research options for enhanced travel insurance that is valid for regions with cautionary "advise against non-essential travel" warnings. Every approach I've tried had found nothing, ...
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Is it safe to drink tap water in Nicaragua?

When looking through travel guides and websites, I often see the statement that tap water is not safe in Nicaragua. For example, the US State Department says: Tap water is not considered safe in ...
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Strongest travel sunblock?

A friend who burns easily is travelling to Africa during the dry season. What is the strongest sunblock on the market, and is it actually sensible to use - that is, would it potentially prevent ...
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How dangerous is the 'La Boca' neighborhood of Buenos Aires?

I've heard a few warnings about going to La Boca, especially at night. I'm curious how dangerous it is in the area. I don't really know how one would rate the level of danger, but what I'd like to ...
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China Airlines, safe? [duplicate]

I've got a long-haul flight booked with China Airlines (A330 and an A340) from LHR to SYD, and only after I booked it did I decide to read up on their safety record. Suffice to say I regret doing ...