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You don't have to be too worried about it, since the aircraft is able to cope with this. People are instructed to turn them off in order to avoid some disturbances and parasite noise in the communication between the pilot and the airport. As electronic devices using radio frequencies, they could also in theory cause some troubles to some aircraft equipment's ...


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As a cabin crew member for long time, I can tell you that your responsibility ends by notifying a crew member, that's it. Let the crew members deal with it. This is true for all other violations, unless it's a life threatening situation that cannot wait, for example fire! Grab the extinguisher and fight the fire. But that's a whole different issue. ...


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Don't take it personally, that happens in other countries as well. It's not common, but there are hostels in the US, Canada, and Europe that don't allow people from their own country to stay there. So if it makes you feel any better, there are U.S. hostels that will happily accept you, but not a U.S. citizen. I ran into that once myself when I wanted to ...


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A few years ago I read a study about cell phone usage on U.S. domestic flights. Using RF locating equipment, they determined that the average U.S. flight has 2-3 cellphones left transmitting during the flight. Unconfirmed pilot anecdotes notwithstanding, if there were any significant risk of planes malfunctioning from cellphones, they would be falling out ...


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Your personal safety is not affected by your fellow passenger using a cellphone. In the US, the FCC (not the FAA!) has limited use of cellphones on aircraft because of the potential effect on cell towers on the ground. From an empirical standpoint, if there was a significant risk, it would have been observed many times by now as people frequently leave ...


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I didn't know until I started working in the field, but the most serious problem with leaving your cellphone on is the frequent failed attempts to connect to the many cell towers you are passing over at 500 mph. Not only does this tie up the towers' ability to connect with other people, it drains your handset battery faster.


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My father's an airline pilot (United Airlines) and this is something that I've asked him about at length. The idea that any kind of signal from your cellphone can interfere with a plane's electronics is purely myth (Though one that the airlines are happy to allow to propagate). There're endless such signals in the air at all times anyways, and modern ...


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Note that while EMI concerns are practically bogus considering modern airplanes and mobile phones, you are still required to turn off all electronics during takeoff and landing, for your own safety. In case your airplane has to make an RTO maneuver or catches fire, you won't see it coming if you're concentrated on your phone or laptop. You may get hurt ...


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Air Asia is quite a large airline with a few more operating names. Basically if you plan to visit south east Asia, there is a very good chance that the cheapest flight you find would be an Air Asia one. AirAsia is, unfortunately considered a dangerous airline considering the number of crashes they had ...


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While the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requires airlines to provide a preflight safety briefing for passengers, the content requirements vary from regulator to regulator, and the script may vary considerably from airline to airline (and even from flight attendant to flight attendant). As such, you would well expect its wording to change ...


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The Daily Mail is a rag, I wouldn't put a lot of weight on it. Air Asia X have (relatively) recently completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit which proves it is as safe as any other airline. As mentioned here, AirAsia Malaysia, AirAsia Thailand, AirAsia Indonesia, AirAsia Philippines, AirAsia India, AirAsia X Thailand and AirAsia X Indonesia are about to ...


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The bans on Sri Lankan sportsmen is against the spirit of the Indian Constitution which guarantees freedom of movement between states which are a part of India. However as you know, there is resentment against the Sinhalese people in Tamil Nadu for various reasons which you'd already be aware of. That said, overall Tamil Nadu is one of the safest states in ...


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a) EASA doesn't allow unsafe airlines into their airports (like AMS) b) On top of that, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), recertified with IOSA just last year It's as safe as any other airline if you are worried about the planes. What happened to MH17 was an outlier. You should look at some numbers instead of going "omg civil war ukraine". I recommend ...


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Some places have laws that make it hard and expensive to evict hotel guests who overstay their welcome. International visitors often have to leave the country after a set amount of days, which makes it easy to get rid of them. Unfortunately I do not know if there are any of these "hard to evict" problems in Australia.


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Well, That happened to one of my friend. It's true that this happen often. Like the comment above mentioned, some hostels want to have a global social environment rather than bunch of people from the country. I think also the people who use the hotels expect the travelers to be from around the world which create a different environment. Don't be upset but ...


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Where are you going and what do you plan to do? Moscow and Peter are absolutely fine (unless you stray into the slum areas that even Russians avoid - at that point, you're obviously looking for trouble which I guess you're not). In general, people don't really care - Russians have an intense and rather serious standard expression and way of looking ...


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Being from Romania + using bike in the city + having 900 km long bike trip behind me, I can tell you the followings: Bike theft is indeed common in Romania, especially in cities (I myself had 2 bikes stolen, they were tied down in the flat's locked area, but still). I think that there is equal risk for your equipment to be stolen during the night, or your ...


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There are other things to worry about e.g. road safety. It's often said that the trip to or from the airport is more likely to kill you than the flight, last year John Nash and his wife died this way. You should also focus on potential health problems; make sure you get the recommended vaccinations and stick to food safety guidelines.


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Your Safety is Compromised if You’re an Intervener If you feel compelled to do something about someone 'breaking the rules' you may want to consider why it's so important for others to follow them. Primarily, if you find yourself wanting to intervene and play Sherriff you may find yourself in a compromising position if the person you are trying to ...


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For me as a flight attendant, my biggest concerns is not about the cigarette. But the smoke. Fire is on the top of the hazard list. And we identify it by the smoke (and the scent). We are trained to spot smoke, identify the source and to drop everything to handle it immediately. So its not about the nicotine I just have to say it again one more time, any ...


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I've been travelling to Russia several times and have some different experience, despite what native Russians are saying here. First of all, yes, this is true that racism, although not open, is there and this is true you will be stopped by police for passport check. It is not like they need your money every time, though. Second, as long as you are in the ...


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As a someone who cycles in Tokyo nearly every day, I will add my five cents too. A single general rule for cyclists in Tokyo is to remember that bicycle is a vehicle, not a pedestrian on wheels. Tokyo is not particularly bicycle-friendly, because of the lacking bicycle infrastructure, but otherwise cycling in Tokyo is fun. Which means never cycle on ...


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It appears Ukraine airlines gets relative poor reviews overall on this site called SkyTrax, a.k.a. "airlinequality.com". They have a bunch of per-airline reviews... I'm not sure how statistically sound the scores are, but it's something. Also, as @davidvc suggested, I checcked what it says about the legroom, and well, it seems to be sub par. The seat in ...


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As pointed out in the answers given so far, a few mobile phones are not going to cause problems. We then have a few 100 milliwatt transmitting power on frequencies that are totally different from what the plane uses to communicate with ATC, and all equipment used by the plane are well shielded from EMF interference, so it looks like we can just allow ...



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