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Yes, if aircraft safety or your personal safety requires it, you will be asked to sit down and close your safety belt. That is true for all aircraft and any time of the year. Maybe they will allow you a bit more leeway because they understand that prayer is important for you, but if you do not belt in when it is dangerous, they endanger all passengers, ...


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I have met the "fruit sniffing" dog several times and am aware (from watching Border Security) of currency-sniffing and firearms-sniffing dogs in addition to the classic drug-sniffers. Generally, these dogs sniff people's bags more than people. (The Canadian beagle that met my flight from the Caribbean once sat [the dog's signal] about my bag, but the ...


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Las Vegas has a wonderful (and inexpensive) sinless side. The costs of running it are subsidized by the gambling industry. You can wander around looking at beautiful buildings and imitations of the Eiffel Tower, pieces of Venice, a circular escalator, amazing fountains, a fake volcano with nighttime "eruptions", and so on. All free visit wildlife from ...


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To deal with your various questions: Yes you can bring your car into Amish country. While the area is home to many Amish families it is not run along Amish lines. There are roads and shops and all the usual things you would find. If you have actual business on an Amish farm then they are OK with you driving onto it, just as you would visiting any other ...


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For whatever reason the subject comes up in context of the Bill introduced in New Zealand with respect to Maori. In addition to that the article also has specific information regading kirpan: The Sikh Centre brought to the select committee the need to be sensitive to the diverse cultures and beliefs of individuals passing through airport control to ...


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Generally speaking, "yes". A BA aircraft is registered in the UK and therefore is covered by the UK laws. Under the UK law it's an offence not to obey the order of the flight crew while on the aircraft. Specifically, this is covered by the Air navigation order 2009, section 142(c): A person must not while in an aircraft ... (c) intentionally interfere ...


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Here how it goes: After you pass the passport control desk, you will pass the customs desk. The guys at the customs desk will scan the luggage, if they found books or CDs they might ask you to show them. If they do not like them from the cover, they will take the books and/or CDs and give you a slip. The books will be sent to a department where they will ...


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Cows are considered holy in Hindu religion, not India as a whole per se. North/East/West India are primarily Hindu-majority regions and thus you're highly unlikely to find any beef, except perhaps at dodgy places in Muslim-dominated parts of those towns. Dodgy places because in those three parts of India cow slaughter is frowned upon and you don't find ...


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(Full resolution) Traditional Islamic law is known as Sharia. By and large, countries following it or having a dual system of civil law as well as Sharia is depicted in this map. As a traveller, this is something you need to watch out for as a country you're visiting may have laws not commonly found in civil law found in most other countries. What makes ...


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There is absolutely no reason to need to pretend to be Christian while visiting the US. The US doesn't have an official religion and is a very diverse nation where people travel often. It is also a very large nation, and unfortunately some people do commit crimes against people for their religion/lack of religion. This is like any other diverse nation. ...


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The most common rules (may vary of course): you have to remove your shoes. men: trousers, not shorts women: long skirt (or trousers) women: shoulder and arms cannot be exposed women: scarf (sometimes)


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It's on the northwest tower of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. There's an informative page about it on the cathedral's website: You can see it from ground level, but they advise binoculars. As for why it's there: Washington National Cathedral held a decorative sculpture competition for children... The third-place winner was ...


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Vatican City is certainly open to visit for tourists at large; as you perhaps know, there is no actual boundary between Rome and Vatican City, meaning that nobody checks the papers of those who move from one to the other. However, when I first read your question, I thought that you meant St. Peter's Cathedral, which takes up so much of Vatican City and ...


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Karlson beautifully took care of the international aspect of this situation wherein unfortunately you cannot carry a kirpan as carry-on on yourself. But, since Mr.Sardarji is a religious person and it is possible that he would like to make his family happy without making sacrifices with his beliefs I would like to provide more information with regard to the ...


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As @MarkMayo pointed out there is no official religion. As the person who had lived in Indiana (a pretty religious state though not part of the Bible Belt) the issue at hand is actually disrespect rather than religious affiliation. That actually was the whole point of the Top Gear episode you have linked. One of the few occasions you might have to pretend ...


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Here's a list of shows in Vegas. Since it has "adult shows" as a separate category, most of the others should be OK for you. I can personally recommend Cirque du Soleil - While some of the costumes can be skimpy, I don't think it would be considered objectionable on religious grounds except by the most ardent fundamentalists. The Blue Man Group should be ...


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It is perfectly fine. The call to prayer is frequently televised so there is nothing wrong with recording it and posting it on youtube. It is done often. However, do not go to the mosque during prayer and start recording there. Its not that its not allowed, its just that you'll have to have prior permission and you may be a distraction to the congregation.


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Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic year, it can be 29 or 30 days (as every other month in this lunar calendar). Usually this is determined by visual observation of the moon in the 29th of the month, if the moon was observed then the month is 29 days, if not then the month will continue to 30 days. FYI, this is why the crescent is considered the symbol ...


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There are a few restaurants in bigger cities that would serve beef dishes - but it is definitely not the meat of choice, the biggest reason being what you mentioned - holiness! Cows are sacred amongst the majority Hindu population, and eating beef is generally frowned upon. Another big reason for the lack of consumption is the inadequate hygiene. As you can ...


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I actually listened to a podcast on the Amish a couple of weeks ago, based on this article on Howstuffworks. I'd recommend it for some solid background. They're not idiots - they do have education, and they know fully what a camera is, but choose not to use them. They generally would prefer you not to take photos - as DJClayworth said, imagine tourists ...


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Clothing restrictions in mosques often vary from country-to-country, and even within mosques in a country. Everyone is asked to take their shoes off at an entrance area. For men, no shorts are allowed; for women, no skirts or bare shoulders, in addition to this some countries also mandate women to wear a scarf. Those are the basics, but how 'welcoming' a ...


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Here's my guess... Trinity Church, in Serebryaniki Source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/6837647 (translation)


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The absolute best steak I've ever eaten in my entire 40 years, hands down, was at the Soaltee Hotel Restaurant in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal was at the time, the world's only officially Hindu kingdom. So, what was the justification? The owners told me that they bought their meat in New Zealand. According to their interpretation, if it was a reincarnation, it ...


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General recommendation when traveling anywhere is to avoid discussing any controversial subjects with locals. This include religion, politics, minorities rights, etc. Always divert conversation away from these subjects. If you're a tourist you're there to see, not to make a statement. Also discussing other subjects, don't try to be smartass about local ...


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The town has been founded by the church of Jesus-Christ of latter day saints. You can visit their temples there. They'll certainly tell you how not to sin in Sin City.


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It would appear to be the ones put up in San Mateo, Rizal, The Philippines. The largest ten commandments tablet was presented to Guinness World Records at HalleluYAH Prayer Mountain For All Nations in San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines on April 11, 2009. The tablet measured 65.04 square meters (700.08 square ft), organized by Sister Grace ...


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You're not dealing with idiots or religious fanatics. Them not participating in modern conveniences doesn't mean that they don't know what those are. There are sites like: Lancaster PA PA Dutch Country and various reviews and posts on Trip Advisor that will help you to plan your trip. And just for kicks Amish are not a uniform group, so there are ...


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First of all, Taiga is very big thing, so address in the Taiga isn't much helpful for you :) Secondary, my apologies about some information is only in Russian, especially maps. The Curch of the Last Testament has their village in the Krasnoyarsk Krai. Their site is very old, and the only thing working there is the main page. Also they have international ...


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In general, no, you do not need to pretend. Just be respectful. There's no check at the border, nobody questions you. There's no official state religion, and the whole "Freedom of religion" thing is huge there. Of course, wherever you go - in any country, there's going to be people who discriminate. For the most part, however - most people, in every ...


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I'm a fellow Sikh, and unfortunately there isn't much you can do in this situation. You will have to remove your kirpan and place it in check-in luggage as posted by @karlson. Some sikhs wear these small kirpans in their necklace, Others don't travel by plane at all. While traveling do remove kirpan. You should do ardaas before and after, Guru Sahib ...



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