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Do airlines serve meal even sometimes when the fasten seat belt sign had been switched on? [closed]

I read: Singapore Airlines Pilots Turned On Seatbelt Sign During Turbulence [...] The report states that at this point, the CVR record shows “a pilot called out that the fasten seat belt sign had ...
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Can I take Mod Podge on the plane?

I recently bought Mod Podge in Dubai and would like to take it back with me to Germany. According to what I researched, Mod Podge is made of PVA which is generally classified as non-flammable. But I ...
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Plane safety due to lithium battery fires in the cargo hold

I stumbled across an article saying that one faulty laptop in the hold (e.g. from gate-checked hand luggage) can bring a plane down (lithium batteries). I have 3 questions: Why is halon gas used as a ...
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Why do American airports require shoe removal while some European ones don't?

There are some airports in Europe like Amsterdam's Schiphol where you don't need to remove your shoes to clear security. If there is a bomb in the shoes of a passenger coming in a flight from Europe ...
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Is touring the Basque region in Spain by bike safe?

Is touring the Basque region in Spain safe by bike? I see some of the greenway routes, but they are limited. For instance, I am considering cycling from Bilbao to Vitoria-Gasteiz, to Pamplona, then to ...
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Why is Munich safer than other cities in Germany? [closed]

According to the Global Resident Index 2024, Munich has a high safety index with a score of 0.84. The other two German cities listed were Berlin (0.79) and Frankfurt (0.78), which are well behind ...
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Renting Airbnb. One set of keys Bucharest [duplicate]

We are 3 adults. We were given only one set of keys. The owner wants to keep the second set of keys. Are there Airbnb rules regardingthis situation? Our schedules are different. The time we leave the ...
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Avoiding flying with Boeing 737 Max

Unfortunately this aircraft is notorious for its safety, with the latest fuselage hole midair incident sparking fear. Online booking systems added a filter to avoid Boeing 737 Max. If I book a flight ...
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I have a trip to Dubai booked for next week. With all the tension in the Middle East at the moment, should I reconsider?

Should I reconsider my trip to Dubai next week (Jan 2023) in the wake of all the Middle East troubles at the moment?
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Safe to travel to Iran in 2024?

We are a family of four from Austria and are considering to travel to Iran in a couple of months. We‘ve already been to the country some twenty years ago and still remember its beautiful landscapes, ...
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Is it safe to travel to Israel in early 2024? [closed]

I am from India. I got MSc research from one university in Israel. Currently I am in the process of applying for a visa, as I might relocate to Israel by January 15. I would be staying in the ...
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Where can I find some map or other resource that indicates which beaches in Taiwan are not recommended/allowed to swim at, preferably with the reason?

Swimming at some beaches in Taiwan is not recommended or not allowed due to drowning risks (strong currents/eddies/whirlpools/etc.) and/or pollution, e.g. swimming at Shalun Beach (mirror) near Taipei ...
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Are there major safety concerns about flying into Dubai, particularly over Iran and Iraq?

I have just booked a last minute trip to Dubai without really considering the safety implications of travelling to the UAE at the moment. I am particular concerned (as I am a nervous flyer) about the ...
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How dangerous is it near Chateau Rouge?

I am booked to stay in Rue Poulet near Chateau Rouge metro (Paris) next week. I have heard bad things about safety in that area. How dangerous is it really in that area? As a single woman, would I be ...
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Is there list of the least to most dangerous transport types sorted, not by journey, person or distance, but by TIME per person?

Whenever I see "planes are safer than driving by car", it's always based under the metric of by "miles travelled per crash", or "journeys per crash" based. The latter ...
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How to tell Google Maps to avoid bad neighborhoods in San Francisco?

A couple I know will travel from Greece to San Francisco for their honeymoon, and then visit other places too; it's their first trip abroad. I remember when I first came to SF, I used Google Maps to ...
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Is it safe to become separated from your passport in a foreign country?

I'm an American citizen currently on a multinational trip through Asia. I'm in Malaysia now and the country I'm most interested in visiting is China. However, China has a particularly complicated visa ...
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How safe is South Africa for white tourists in 2023?

For the sake of this question I need to distinguish between different skin colors. TL/DR: Together with my girlfriend, I am visiting South Africa in October 2023. We both are European citizens in our ...
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I am camping and have been raided by a human. What is the correct course of action?

When camping in rural North Macedonia, I keep my food and some toiletries in a dry bag more than 30m from my tent, to avoid any hungry bears coming into my tent. I put the dry bag into a drably ...
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How safe is Ecuador today (Summer 2023) for English-speaking tourists?

The crime situation in Ecuador seems to be in flux. Three months ago, in April 2023, the Ecuadorian President allowed people to bear arms and pepper spray. This was done in response to the growing ...
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Fukushima, Japan restricted areas?

I am interested in learning about the current status of the restricted zone surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which experienced a nuclear incident in 2011. A specific map on a website ...
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How to identify known dangerous areas in cities relevant to your visit (example Washington)

Many cities have areas that are best avoided (or best avoided after dark). Often these less desirable areas also happen to offer cheaper hotels and so people looking for an affordable hotel might ...
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Travelling from the UK to Portugal via road

I am looking to travel from UK to Lisbon for my wife's passport renewal, I have found Google maps taking us from France, I do not have British passport, I am a UK resident, my kids British nationals ...
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Why do so many people travel to Mexico, South Africa, Puerto Rico, and Ethiopia despite safety concerns?

Mexico, South Africa, and Puerto Rico have one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Ethiopia has militancy. Why do so many people travel to Mexico, South Africa, Puerto Rico, and Ethiopia ...
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Travel in western Ukraine: how safe / unsafe is it?

For many years I've wanted to do some hiking or mountain biking in the mountains of western Ukraine (Zakarpatska Oblast - the safest one at the moment). First, the Covid-19 pandemic threw a wrench ...
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How safe is Myanmar likely to be for tourists in early 2023? [duplicate]

I'd like to make tourism there in a few months but, at least some months ago the country seemed to be in the middle of several crises. There seemed to be some armed conflicts, an important economic ...
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Is it safe to keep the outer pockets of checked-in baggage unlocked?

I have a big travel bag which I will use as checked-in baggage. It has pockets with zipper. I don't plan to put anything in them and thinking to just leave them unlocked. Would that be safe? Am I ...
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Friends girlfriend's parents preventing her from returning to UK from the UAE (Abu-Dhabi)

Background: A friend's long term girlfriend (4+ years) studied in this country and has since worked a couple of jobs. She is a German/UAE dual national. I was apparently mistaken about her being a ...
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Is Elbow Cay (Bahamas) walkable?

I am travelling to Elbow Cay (Bahamas) in the coming months and am wondering the degree to which it's walkable. I've looked at Google street scenes, and it does not appear that many (or any) of the ...
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Is Sri Lanka still a viable destination for a relaxing holiday given these crieria?

I visited Sri Lanka in 2012 and it was the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. I found it safe, friendly and relaxing. Given the political turmoil there this year, I wonder if the country is ...
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Is Sri Lanka Open and safe for travel?

I am an Indian citizen, and I am planning to visit Sri Lanka in last week of December 2022. Has anybody recently travelled to Sri Lanka for tourism? How safe is it? Are all places open? How should I ...
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What parts of Warsaw, Poland have more risk of robberies?

Is there any public place or neighborhood in Warsaw city, Poland known for robberies, that I should avoid after sunset?
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Fire extinguishers inside the coaches of long distance trains [closed]

Are fire extinguishers installed inside the coaches of express trains? If not, why not? Will the passengers be unable to use the fire extinguisher in case a fire takes place? Or can the fire ...
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What dangers should I be aware of when doing a long-distance bike trip through Europe?

The EuroVelo routes from this answer helped me a lot to do some initial planning of my long-distance bike trip through Europe which I hope I can start in November. I would ride the bike from the ...
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Airtags and flying safety

The TSA allows Airtags in checked and hand-on luggage. Is this the case too for all civil aviation authorities (EU for example)? It has a coin-shaped CR2032 battery and a range of 800 feet low energy ...
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Are flights to Jodhpur safe?

I'm planning to travel to the region of Rajasthan in India next october, and I've read that some airports (like Jaisalmer) are closed due to the conflict with Pakistan. So I thought of flying to ...
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Where can I see the wind prediction on a driving path?

Some vehicles are more challenging to drive in windy conditions. Where can I see the wind prediction on a driving path? I'm mostly interested in the US. What I've seen so far: http://hint.fm/wind/, ...
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Hazards on solo road trip through British Columbia (around Vancouver) in November

I will be in Vancouver in November and plan to rent a car for a road trip. It will be a 7 day round-trip and I do not plan to go to the US. Idea is to visit several tourist spots there and do some ...
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What areas in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh should I avoid?

Are there places in the UK where the frequency of attacks on the non-white population is prevalent, especially on Muslims? What areas in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh should I avoid as a non-white ...
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Is it safe for a foreigner to travel to Russia these days? [closed]

In the light of all the recent happenings, and especially the Brittney Griner detention, is it safe for a foreigner from a western European country to visit Russia as a traveler? The question is ...
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What do green, blue, and yellow roads mean in Japan?

I read this answer by Sed Chapman on Quora about "Why are roads in Japan painted red?" It isn’t just red, but green, blue, yellow, and other colors can be found. Most often these colors are ...
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How ubiquitous are home water filtration systems in the USA? [closed]

I'm planning a trip to the USA from coast to coast in maybe a couple of years and I think I'll stay in App-rented houses (not mentioning a specific one here). I know I can ask each individual renter ...
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Is it really necessary to pay for another pay card when traveling to a different country? [closed]

I seriously am annoyed by the ~$6 my bank eats from my account every month to have the account in the first place and to get a VISA Debit card sent home every four years. I've read so many times here ...
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What happens when someone lawfully in the USA triggers a border rescue beacon?

There are quite a few articles (for example, here and here) on rescue beacons found in desert regions of the USA near the Mexican border. The articles above (as well as others), come out and admit ...
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How common are Manchineel trees in Grand Cayman?

My wife surprised the family by booking a trip to Grand Cayman later next year. This would be a welcome vacation after the recent years the world has had (and yes, we are aware of the current ...
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Can you have an extendable baton in China?

I'm planning on buying an extendable baton for self defense (most likely never going to have to use it). I'm just curious if I'm allowed to have one in China since in the United States it's allowed. I ...
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Is it safe to film during airplane take off and landing? [duplicate]

Recently I saw may youtuber reviewing flight experience and the common shot I saw is the take off and landing. My question is, Is it safe to use electronic device to film the take off and landing ? (...
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Is there anything wrong with this money/security plan to travel to "just about any country"? [closed]

If I were to go somewhere on vacation, I would do this after booking the flight ticket: Make damn sure that there is, and will be, enough money on my bank account. Inform my bank about which date ...
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Are steam train rides safe?

I found an interesting tourist place I'd like to visit that runs half a dozen old steam trains. It is in the USA. I know from studying history of railroads, that boiler explosions once were a common ...
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What are the risks associated with swimming in the Mekong River?

I read (mirror) that people sometimes swim between Laos and Thailand across the Mekong River. Aside from immigration matters and possible strong streams, what are the risks (e.g., hostile piscifauna) ...
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