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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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Is it now feasible for an adventurous independent traveller to visit Chechnya?

Right now I'm drinking vodka with a Chechen guy who's staying at my hostel here in Tbilisi Georgia. I told him I would like to visit Chechnya but it's too dangerous. He reacted like I imagine ...
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Is it safe to roller-skate on sidewalks in USA?

I love roller-skating, I carry them around on all my travels. I will be spending 6 months in USA (evenly between Chicago, New York, San Francisco, LA and Salt Lake City). I was wondering if it is ...
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Air travel with a competition sword?

I recently changed my competitive weapon of choice in my martial art (TKD) to a Gum Do, or sword. The sword is basically katana sized, unsharpened but it does have a point, as seen below (Although my ...
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Is there an FAA-rated airplane safety harness?

Which safety harness is FAA rated? I have looked at a few, but am unclear which ones are FAA rated and what the rating is.
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International children car seat standards for multiple regions

I've been looking into car seats suitable for international travel. In the EU modern car seats have to meet ECE R44/04 and for New Zealand/Australia AS/NZS 1754.2010 I emailed a few manufacturers ...
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Car Seats in Saudi Arabia

I'm leaving in a couple of days for Saudi Arabia. I will have at least three vehicle trips: Airport (Jeddah) to Mecca Mecca to Medinah Medinah to Airport I'm travelling with two kids (five and ...
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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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Why is it considered so dangerous to travel in South Africa?

The RSA has one of the world's top murder rates. As, the above link shows, other countries have similar murder rates but they are not in the radar of international travelers. For example, as seen in ...
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Who was this persistent person at Shanghai airport?

About 10 years ago I traveled to Shanghai. When I got off the plane, a guy in plain clothes came up to me and indicated he could take me to whereever I needed to go. I was planning on taking a taxi ...
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Are there any parts of the 9th arrondissement in Paris that is known to be unsafe?

My friend is thinking of renting a place in the 9th. As a single female who looks stereotypically lesbian for lack of a better way to say it… are there any issues in the 9th regarding women walking ...
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What is good accommodation for festival (camp or hostel)?

I'm planning to go another country for 4-days festival RockWerchter in Belgium. I'm thinking what is better camp or hostel. Couple of my friends said that camp is only best choice. But I'm going alone ...
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Is it safe to travel to Jerusalem?

I would travel in an organised group at the time around Easter. I would like to do some sightseeing, but wouldn't insist on anything even remotely dangerous. I'm not sure about the arrangement yet, ...
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Walk from Mauritius MRU airport to Mahebourg?

I have to go from Mauritius MRU airport to Mahebourg, and I'd like to try walking. Only 5 kilometers apart (even though Google Maps' crazy walking route makes it 88 kilometers) Is it possible to: ...
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Safe parking in the centre of Mexico City

Me and my friends are travelling to Mexico City with our own car. We found out it is almost impossible to park our car close to our hotel. We are staying in Mexico City center: República de Brasil ...
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How good are Aeroflot's current safety and performance standards?

Aeroflot has historically had a poor safety record with over 100 reported accidents and fatalities running into thousands. It seems, however, that these petered out towards the mid-90s. How good is ...
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Is there a resource for crime statistics in Spain - especially robbery

I'm going to visit Spain, and my wife is very worried about thieves in Spain. What cities should we be aware of? Are there any ways to protect myself from them? eg Barcelona has a reputation for ...
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How safe is travelling on European rail networks for solo travellers?

How safe is travelling on European rail networks for solo travellers, including overnight trains? Obviously, the usual precautions of being more mindful of belongings when travelling solo need to be ...
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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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When traveling to a country with a different currency, how should you take your money?

Recently my wife and I traveled to Italy and before we left we got about 85% of our money in travelers checks and the other 15% we carried on in cash. When we arrived there, no one would take our ...
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Is it safe to park a motorbike on the street at night Spain? [closed]

To be quick: Can I leave my motorcycle (mine in a brend new Triumph tiger 800) unattended in the street at night in Spain? Or is it better to hide it in a garage ? Is a big-lock recommended ? This ...
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Is Morocco dangerous, in particular for a Jewish American?

I may be travelling to Morocco later this year. I am an American student (not Moroccan by birth, only by inherited citizenship) and my last name is Jewish. With Morocco: predicting a "serious ...
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How are safety standards enforced in an airline which is not IOSA certified?

I'm considering booking a flight with WOW Airlines and since it's the first time I hear about it I did some research on google and I find mostly good reviews. However, while looking for the safety ...
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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 to travel to Kiev at the moment? [closed]

I know there is war in the Eastern part of Ukraine at the moment but how is the situation in Kiev? Is it safe to travel there at the moment?
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Taking the CTA to United Center, Chicago

I'm planning a trip to Chicago to attend a Blackhawks game at the United Center. It's my first time to Chicago, so I'm curious how the best way to get to the stadium. I've noticed there is parking, ...
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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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How to stay safe in Mexico City [closed]

At the end of the month I will be traveling to Mexico City for a weekend. My spanish is okay and I don't really plan on venturing out of the tourist areas. I want to visit Tenochtitlan and some of the ...
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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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Is trekking safe in south Slavic countries?

This summer, I want to go trekking with some friends (not in mountains). There are 3-4 of us and we have some experience in trekking in Western and Northern Europe, two months in total. We though ...
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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 safe is public transport in San Francisco for a female travelling alone?

I am planning to visit San Francisco but I am unsure about public transport reliability and safety, being a lone female traveller. How good and safe is public transport in San Francisco?
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Travelling to Bend, Oregon from Portland in winter

I will be travelling from Portland (more specifically Hillsboro (Tanasbourne)) to Bend, Oregon for a weekend ski trip. I have not done this route before and know of a couple ways via car to get there. ...
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Is it safe to arrive at Amboseli National Park (Kenya) at night? [closed]

I'm wondering if it's safe to drive to Amboseli at night. We are planning to leave Nairobi at around 3pm Saturday to our lodge, which is located near the Amboseli National Park (not within the park ...
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Which is safer in the event of a crash - forward-facing or rear-facing train seats?

Assuming you're on a train which crashes, are there statistics about which is a safer seat: facing forwards, or facing backwards?
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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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Can you safely travel the silk route?

Looking at Marco polo's silk route Noticing it goes through Syria, Israel, and Afghanistan, I was wondering if there is the possibility to travel the silk road like Marco Polo, by avoiding war ...
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Cape Verde: any safety alerts regarding hasslers, con men, thieves or muggers specific to this region?

I'm travelling to Cape Verde (Cabo Verde in Portuguese) & want to know what expectations I should have regarding possible hasslers, con men, thieves or muggers. Some countries/locations in the ...
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How can one visit an isolated island?

If I want to spend a few days on an isolated (but not deserted) island, what are my options? I know that there are several deserted islands near and around New York, New Jersey and Maryland. I am not ...
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Is it important to wear a necklace with medical history for people with medical conditions while traveling?

Is it advised for people with chronic medical condition (diabetes, asthma, allergies, etc.) to wear necklaces with medical history when travelling? Is it a worldwide thing to check people's necklaces ...
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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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How safe are Patzcuaro and Paracho in Michoacan, Mexico?

About fifteen years ago I had a very memorable Day of the Dead / Dia de los muertos in Patzcuaro, Mexico. I've been recommending it to people for years as a great place to go in Mexico to experience ...
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Are all parts of the 'Jesus trail' in Israel open and safe to hike solo?

The Jesus Trail in Israel is a 65km hiking and pilgrimage trail in Israel that traces the route Jesus is meant to have walked. I'm not that knowledgable about the different areas of Israel / ...
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Is China Airlines safe?

I live in Sydney and I have bought a flight from Sydney to Christchurch - New Zealand next month. The company is China Airlines (CI) and I got concerned when I saw some lists considering it the least ...
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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 ...
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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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Can code shares significantly decrease flight safety?

Am I likely to have a significantly less safe flight than I'd expect based on the booked airline's safety record because of code sharing? I'm kind of asking if I can book with Rain Man endorsed ...
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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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Is Egypt currently safe for Americans 2014/2015? [closed]

I plan on taking a trip to Egypt in 2015. With the current state of the world (ISIS, Etc), would Egypt be considered safe right now? We would hit all the major places, such as Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, ...
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Are trains unsafe in Asia/SE Asia? [closed]

I want to travel via train from Beijing to Paris. How safe is this? Do the trains ever get held up, robbed, people kidnapped, etc? What about in Southeast Asia--trains in Thailand, Laos, Burma, ...