The state of being free from danger or threat. Use with questions about things or money; when referring to people, use "safety" instead.

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Is it safe to visit Cairo in 2014? [on hold]

I will have some time between flights in Cairo. I would love to visit the city but with all recent events I don't know how safe it is to visit it. Specially because it wouldbe around 20h (so night ...
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Is it ok to use a virtual credit card to buy an airplane ticket?

Lately I've been reading a lot about people who are asked for the VISA card with which they bought the flight when doing the check in. In these situations they are not allowed to board. Many of these ...
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How secure is the Shanghai Airport left luggage facility?

I would like to leave a large suitcase at Shanghai's Pudong airport for about a week. Official Luggage Service Website of Pudong airport Can anyone comment on the service as to whether it was ...
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Is there any way to tell if someone has been through our hotel room?

I ask this question because I frequently go on lengthy trips, and we bring a lot of stuff. For this reason, we use Do Not Disturb signs. But when we get back to the hotel rooms after exploring a ...
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Baggage theft rates

Do airports or airlines disclose the number of checked-in baggage thefts reported by passengers every year, and is there a central database where one can find and compare those numbers?
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What are police procedures in France when the victim is a traveler?

I have a friend who went to France a few days ago. Now I have received the following message from a friend of hers: "Hello, I'm Amanda's friend (fictional name) and I received a call from where she ...
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Is it safe to stay outside the Boulevard Périphérique in Paris?

I'm planning on staying in Paris with my wife for a few days in April. I've found a number of hotels for a reasonable price and with overall good reviews on TripAdvisor. But all of them are located in ...
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Is the Cairo airport safe at night?

Tomorrow I will take a flight from Rome Fiumicino to Cairo Airoport that leaves at 10.35 PM and arrives at 2.35 AM in Cairo, Terminal 1A. Someone will send a taxi to catch me at the airport, but I ...
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What can I do about a laptop stolen out of luggage in transit?

My uncle was coming to visit me in Ecuador and bringing a laptop for me. It was in his checked bags, but somewhere between Panama City, Panama, and Quito, Ecuador, it was stolen out of his luggage. ...
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Immigration found my friend's passport already in use

My friend have an Indian passport. He has applied for visa in a country. That country has rejected his visa saying there is another person with the same name and passport no in their country and their ...
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What chemicals does airport security use as markers?

I recently travelled to the USA from Asia. When I arrived in Detroit they marked my E-cigarette with a clear colorless liquid using a small paint brush used for water colors. What chemical(s) do they ...
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Security situation along I-75 on Florida's Gulf Coast

I am talking a drive up through Florida, via Naples and up past Tampa. Are there areas I should avoid staying in? For example neighbourhoods I should for example not rent a motel in?
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How can you prevent other people from tampering with your flight ticket if they *somehow* get access to your confirmation code?

How can you prevent other people from tampering with your flight ticket if they somehow get access to your confirmation code? Of course, keeping the confirmation code secret is the most important ...
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Packing a cardbox box as checked luggage

As mentioned in another question, I'm planning on traveling with a desktop computer as checked baggage. After considering the options, I've decided to take it in its original cardboard box (used for ...
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My lost credit card was used to book a hotel room in my name

I lost some of my belongings, including a leather bag, credit card, laptop, etc. As I realized my card is missing, I called the credit company and closed that account, but before that happened, ...
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Entry to U.S with criminal record

Six or seven years ago I was in the USA for W&T programme. I did a very stupid thing and was convicted for petty theft in Florida. I still have a pending fine, around 400 USD. I came back to my ...
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Can Albania be considered secure?

Can Albania be considered secure? How secure is Albania (particularly in the mountains) compared to countries like Ukraine or Romania? What security issues should a traveller take into account, such ...
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How to dry out a wet passport?

I'm sure I'm not the first traveller to experience this, so here goes... Hostel last night I had my passport in my laptop case with my laptop. Unfortunately this was under the aircon unit, which ...
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What to do with your valuables on a low-cost holiday while swimming/diving in Central America?

I am planning to go to central America (Costa Rica + Panama) for a rather budget holiday, and I am wondering what people usually do with their documents, money, cameras, etc. when staying in a budget ...
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What's the deal with the “string people” in central Paris?

I've taken my fiancée to Paris twice - first for our 1st anniversary, and again for our 4th - and both times we had troubles with guys bothering us around the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre. They hang ...
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Airport security: what if I carry an item with traces of explosive?

One day I was travelling from UK to Switzerland, the security officer at Gatwick airport check (with a kind of swab) all my electronic devices (mainly phone and camera chargers + cables) to see if it ...
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Eurostar security control: Taking pocket knife for camping

I want to go camping in the UK. A Swiss army knife, or any pocket knife, is standard equipment to go camping. Now I'm wondering if border control will allow me to go through, with a knife in my ...
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Can we find some statistics for crime in Japan with tourist / foreign victims?

I've now been to Japan I think seven times in the past fifteen years, for durations between 24 hours and three months. I had always found Japan matches or exceeds reports of being perhaps the safest ...
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Beaches on lakes in Germany - security aspects

I usually travel alone, which raises security issues. The most serious they are on beaches near lakes - when I want to swim, I have to leave all belonging on the beach. I've never experienced ...
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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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How safe is it to visit Fiji and travel around Viti Levu in a car rental?

I've been wanting to visit Fiji for awhile, rent a car and travel around the bigger island (Viti Levu). I was wondering how safe it is from corrupt police/military (there was a coup d'etat recently) ...
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Flying with a bass guitar [duplicate]

I have a Ibanez SR300 bass and a hard case for it. I will be travelling from Bangalore, India to Washington DC in a couple of months and I am wondering how to take my guitar along. Can I check it in? ...
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Correct reasons for opting out of millimetre wave scanners

Having travelled through SFO a few times, and each time been asked to go through a millimetre wave (or backscatter) scanner, and each time 'opted out' and gone for the search (in public), I'd like to ...
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Can I use a US cash machine when my PIN has 6 digits?

Some friends told me that it is problematic in the USA to use cash machines when you have a 6 digit PIN on your card, because most cash machines in the USA only accept 4 digits. Therefore I have two ...
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I was told my signature was ripped out of my passport. Should I be worried?

My Mother just returned from a two week trip to New Zealand today. When she arrived back home in the States it was pointed out that the page with her signature in her passport was ripped out making it ...
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Where to store a laptop while doing few days trips during a long-term travel?

What options are available when you travel with your laptop (e.g. to work a few days while in town) but you don't want to carry it with you when doing small excursions (few days, weeks)? A laptop can ...
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Practical aspects of security when travelling in India

This question is asked about travel in India as there may be useful specifics I can learn. It will probably also be useful elsewhere. Notes at the end explain my general circumstances. I intend to ...
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What should I do if I feel the pilot is guiding the flight in the wrong direction? [closed]

With the current news about the aviation industry, it's a bit scary to travel by flight. But I have no choice as I need to go back home. :) So now I'm thinking that while I'm inside the flight, if I ...
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Hodophobia … Scared of doing things or going to places that is dangerous [closed]

Places like India, Thailand or some African countries are sometimes contain risks for travellers. It probably will be fine if we stay in the main town area, but some interesting places to visits are ...
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Preventing Smash and Grab Theft while Travelling

A piece on Slashdot asks a question that seems pertinent to this site. What measures can be taken to prevent 'smash and grab' - from your car, when your valuable stuff is inside the car. Aside ...
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Which backpack theft protection features are there, and which of them work?

While wearing a backpack, what are common/known ways how someone might steal things out of your backpack (or even the whole backpack altogether)? Which backpack security features can protect against ...
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Travelling with a laptop

What are some tips/suggestions for travelling with a laptop through a region like South East Asia? More specifically, Thailand / Laos / Malaysia. But again, also just looking for general tips/advice. ...
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Electronic devices security on airplanes

I will soon fly from London to Los Angeles, with British Airways. Since the flight is long, I would like to bring my laptop and my Kindle to work or read during the 11-hour journey. However, I am a ...
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Are Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras Permitted in the Empire State Building?

I'm currently planning a trip to New York and have been looking at the website for the empire state building and noticed the following The items listed are not permitted in the Empire State ...
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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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If travelling through excessively cold regions, what steps should you take to keep your vehicle warm enough to drive?

Given the polar storm over the US at present, and temperatures hitting record lows, there's already reports of stranded motorists. I've once been in a situation where we needed to keep our engine ...
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Getting from Mexico City airport to downtown easily and safely

I'm wondering about an easy and reasonably safe way to get from Mexico City International Airport (MEX) to downtown. If good public transport is available, I usually prefer that. And as I noticed ...
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US and Canada Border Crossing and Computer Privacy: What do I need to know?

I've read stories about border officials searching laptops when crossing the border in one direction or the other. Does this really happen, typically speaking? As a US citizen, can I be forced to ...
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Theft insurance in India

Are there any theft insurance options available while travelling in India. I am an Indian as well and I am planning to travel throughout India for a couple of months. I will be carrying my camera, ...
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When backpacking, what is the best way to protect my valuables? [duplicate]

What is the best way for me to protect my valuables on my upcoming trip to Europe? I will not have the luxury of staying in Hotels all of the time, and will be backpacking a lot of the time. I have ...
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Safety tips when leaving luggage and papers behind [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do with your valuables on a low-cost holiday while swimming/diving? As backpacker, one does not carry all his luggage to every location, especially when visiting ...
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Why would your passports be collected on buses in Chile?

A colleague is travelling in Chile at present, and on a bus trip from San Pedro de Atacama to Arica, the bus driver insisted on collecting and holding on to all their passports for the duration of the ...
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Travel insurance with regards to luggage being stolen/lost

I am looking for answers to how people have recovered from having their luggage stolen/lost when arriving at their destination. And further to this, how they have ended up packing in the future to ...
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Key vs. combo lock security for international travel

I leave on my trip next month, and I wanted to buy locks for my backpack since I'll certainly be passing through crowded areas of the city where it may be difficult for me to notice a pickpocket ...
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How bad is baggage theft at Johannesburg airport?

South Africa's Johannesburg's airport has a reputation for stolen and rifled baggage and a quick Google search returns many travelers reporting similar stories. My question, is how bad is the ...