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Yes, ships sink. Someone already mentioned the Costa Concordia sinking; ferries sink a fair amount as well (for instance, a South Korean ferry sank last year with the loss of almost 300 lives. On June 1 of this year, a ferry in China sank with the loss of at least 440 lives. In addition to deaths from sinking, there are also deaths from maritime collisions, ...


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If it has your booking number on it, somebody could use it to access your reservation on the airline's website and tamper with it (e.g., cancel or change flights). An obvious countermeasure is to just blur if it is not essential for your purpose.


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tl;dr No, commercial aircraft don't have parachutes If you google the topic, you will find quite a couple of articles on the topic, explaining why this wouldn't work. (For instance this one). Some of the many problems with this are: Only a small percentage of accidents happen during flight, most happen on landing or take off, when parachutes won't be any ...


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At least in Germany, I don't think security is an issue. Although it actually is uncommon to find waste bins in means of transport for shorter distances, you will find waste bins in most, if not all, regional and long distance trains or inter-city buses. I would rather assume that it is simply so tedious and/or time consuming to empty the waste bins, that ...


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The only way there's likely to be a parachute on a plane is if a skydiver happens to have carried one on in their carry-on. There are multiple reasons for this but generally a parachute would be next to useless in a commercial airliner and because of that it's pointless to take up space and add weight for something that will never be used. Why are ...


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It depends how detailed the boarding pass is! Probably the most useful information on the boarding pass is your frequent flier number. This is often printed in full. Together with your name, address and other information obtained elsewhere it may be possible for someone to purchase instant flights with the miles on the other side of the planet from your ...


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People will know when you are not at home and might use this information to break into your home.


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You are right when saying that you shouldn't do anything especially if they are armed. The best option is obviously avoiding such situations entirely but there are some things you can do to prepare for it.I'd suggest having a low withdrawal limit on your card. Personally, my cards have a limit of about 200 dollars per day. Another option would be to use a ...


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Look for BLS (Basic Life Support). Depending on the course or the country, it usually provides enough knowledge to deal with a few medical emergency conditions including: Heart attacks and breathing problems (CPR) Choking. Drowning. Bleeding. Allergies. I am qualified for that and I feel that this is very important, especially when I am with my family ...


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In London, at least, it is a security issue. On 18 Feb 1991, an IRA bomb exploded in a bin in Victoria Station, killing one person and injuring 38. As the Wikipedia article on bombings during the Troubles goes on to note: Since that time, there have been no litter bins anywhere on the station platform. However, as The Londonist noted in 2011, ...


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If the flight has already transpired; then the risk is only that of information disclosure; of which there is limited use (all they would know is your name, which is easily Googled). I would blur the reservation number (if its printed on the boarding pass) for flights that are in the future as most airlines require just the last name and booking reference ...


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According to a 2003 report by the european transportation safety council: Rail and air travel are the safest modes per distance travelled, followed by bus. The passengers of trains, bus/coach and planes within the EU have the lowest fatality risk per passenger kilometre. For the average passenger trip in the EU, bus travel has a 10 times lower fatality ...


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Iran is definitely a safe place to travel. As long as you do your homework and research a bit before going, you'll be fine, even as an American. source - I travelled in Iran with my girlfriend last December. the tour company we used had a post about this here http://lilontravel.com/en/safety-in-iran-is-it-safe-to-travel-to-iran/


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I have a friend who lives in Afghanistan and he swears it's safe, and that there is no Taliban or other psycho group in the very northern parts where he lives. He says they (his community/village/whatever) don't allow that crap. Maybe he's talking it up, but I tend to believe him.


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Planes crash, ships sink, and cars hit bridges. The difference is the newsworthiness, and a big fireball makes better headlines than the day-after coverage of flat water. What feeds the phobia is the speed and the level of control. When a plane crashes, it happens really quickly and there is absolutely no way anyone on board is getting out. And I say that ...


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My son was assaulted by a homeless man on 5th street and ended up in ICU fighting for his life when asked for some change by a homeless. A young man was killed just the day before when the same thing happened to him. So to say that attacks by homeless are not common is just ignorant. End of story.



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