Questions tagged [safety]

Keeping out of danger, risk, or injury. Use with questions about people; when referring to things, use "security" instead.

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Is it safe to go to Turkey in 2017? [closed]

This question was asked before, but now things may be different because a few years have passed. Particularly, I am interested in going to Nesin Mathematics Village, near Sirince. I would be coming ...
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Travelling to Izmir, Turkey, as a Sikh

As a Sikh who wears a turban as a part of my religion, should I have safety concerns or take precautions in order to travel to Turkey? Are there other things I need to think about while being there, ...
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Where to wait in Atlanta in the night?

My Mother is joining me for some time on the Appalachian Trail, and we will meet in Hot Springs, NC. She will arrive at ATL Atlanta on April 5th around 3:00 p.m. We thought the best way to get to Hot ...
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Driving in the UK for the the first time - rules & to-dos that are different to India

I'm planning on renting a car in the UK for my trip through London, York, Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland. Having driven in Mumbai, India, I understand there must be things I should keep in mind, ...
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How do I keep my cash safe in Japan?

I will soon be travelling to Japan. I have been told that Japan is a very cash-centric society and not every place will accept credit cards, therefore I should carry cash. My trip will be very mobile ...
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How safe is souther suburbs of Paris? [closed]

I will be moving to Fontenay aux Roses while my work is in Gif-sur-Yvette. I'll be using RER B daily and will be living alone. As a young female, I am a bit concerned for my safety. I would really ...
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Is it OK for an openly Muslim person to travel to the United States post-2017?

My friend and I are planning our first overseas trip together and we're trying to decide on where to go. We're from Malaysia and my friend is a Muslim who wears a hijab. We're considering going to the ...
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Is Ukraine and nearby countries in Eastern Europe affected by the current heightened risk of terrorism in Europe? [closed]

Smartraveller's advice for Ukraine mentions the terrorism threat for Europe: Terrorism There is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe. In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a ...
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Is it dangerous to travel in Russia, as a dark-skinned Muslim? [duplicate]

Is it dangerous to travel in Russia, as a dark-skinned Muslim? while travelling by train from St Petersburg to Vladivostok. Skolkovo, Moscow Oblast Sankt-Peterburg, Russia Moscow, Russia Robbery, ...
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Can I use only buses in Paris instead of the Métro?

I have 4-5 hours between my flight from Amsterdam (Orly airport) and train back to Amsterdam (a one-day trip to Paris). My point is to see the city. I have panic attacks on subways so I avoid them. ...
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Are seatbelts unnecessary or unhelpful for safety for passengers in a bus?

Simple question - why are passengers in a bus allowed to not wear a seatbelt? In Slovenia, I have never heard of anyone receiving a fine for not wearing a seatbelt in a bus. Seatbelts are mandatory in ...
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Why can't I skip on-plane announcements on the IFE, in langauges I don't speak?

Recently I was flying on a middle-eastern airline, which offered "gate-to-gate" in-flight entertainment (IFE). I started watching a film shortly after getting to my seat. Once everyone was on board, ...
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Are cyclists allowed to use National roads in South Africa?

Can I cycle from Cape Town to Colesburg along the N1? South Africa's Arrive Alive site says that no cyclists are allowed on freeways, but is the (entire) N1 a freeway? Wikipedia says South African ...
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Sentosa Island sea hazards

I recently read that Sentosa Island's beaches have rules to avoid hazards such as stone-fishes and jellyfishes. Is it safe to swim in the sea, even if it is between the yellow and red flags, or is it ...
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How to understand the following suggestions when one falls in NYC subway tracks?

Someone gave some suggestion when one falls in NYC subway tracks at http://www.villagevoice.com/news/subway-conductor-tells-you-what-to-do-if-you-fall-in-the-tracks-and-other-transit-real-talk-6679243 ...
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How does President Duterte's anti-drug campaign affect travelers in the Philippines?

News are reporting that the current anti-drug campaign in the Philippines has resulted in the death of more than 6000 people. What risks do I take when visiting Philippines in terms of personal ...
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When to use the emergency brake in a train?

In almost every train there is an emergency brake. I was wondering in which scenarios a passenger would need to pull the emergency brake.
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Safe and comfortable viewing points for Sydney NYE fireworks [closed]

A Japanese friend living in Sydney and her sister, who is visiting Sydney from Japan for a handful of days, are going to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks, and I'll be accompanying them. ...
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Beachy Head Suicide Spot, Chaplaincy Donation?

I will be guiding several visitors to Beachy Head to see the dramatic views and to stand on the clifftop and experience the North Sea wind. Unfortunately, the best viewing spot is also a renowned ...
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Temperature in airport is cold for hygenic or/and safety concerns?

I have been watching this mini-series: X-RAY: MEGA AIRPORT. In part 3 of the series, they talked about inability of a fire to spread in a cold environment as a reason that Airports are cold. An ...
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I was allowed to enter the airport terminal by showing a boarding pass for a future flight. Should I be concerned about “security”?

I take the same flight with the same company between two European neighboring countries once a month. My boarding passes are on my smartphone, but as I book my flights months in advance, I often ...
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How safe is travel to Venezuela right now? [closed]

How safe is travel to Venezuela right now (Nov/Dec 2016)? By that I mean TO Venezuela, not IN Venezuela. In my case I would be traveling to a large hotel in Caracas to do cash business and can pay ...
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What is the most dangerous area of Paris (or its suburbs) according to police statistics?

When I travel I like to visit areas which are deemed 'dangerous' by tourist guides. Often they turn out to be a little rough but not at all dangerous and interesting to see. So the question is: what ...
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What are the legal consequences for a tourist who runs out of gas on the Autobahn?

There are many international travelers and tourists that enjoy driving cars on Germany's Autobahn every day, some of them would be unaware that running out of gas on the autobahn is illegal. ...
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Size 26 curvy girl. Flying across country with Delta. Will I fit into the seat?

I'm a size 26 woman. I'm planning to fly across country with Delta. Will I have trouble to fit into the seat? What can I do to make the flight most comfortable for me? The flight is fully booked and ...
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Air travel with a Samsung Note 3 (in relation to new Note 7 DOT warning)

You can now be fined or prosecuted for bringing a Samsung Note 7 on a plane. I have a Samsung Note 3 (picture for reference), and I'm worried that my phone will be confused for a Note 7 when going ...
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Qatar Airways says that sharp or point objects are not allowed on the aircraft

I emailed Qatar Airways to ask if I would be permitted to carry multiple pieces of jewellery (not real gold or silver) on board if some had pointy or sharp edges. They responded saying sharp objects ...
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How can solo, female travelers use public transportation safely in Rome?

I am a solo female traveller in Rome. I want to know how safe Rome is for females. The safety aspects I'm concerned about are those such as violence, robbery, sexual assault, verbal harassment, etc. ...
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Easiest and safest way to get from Gare du Nord train station to Rue de Berri

What is the easiest and safest way to get from Gare du Nord train station to Rue de Berri (Hotel California Paris)? I heard that the taxi queue might be long. I don't want to end up looking like a ...
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Bicycle travel through Italy: Recuperating a night by the road

Wild camping in Italy is often forbidden. But just sleeping in your car or trailer for one night in a parking space with the purpose of recuperation is exempt from this (with good reason, you prefer ...
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Why do flight attendants say in safety instructions that you should put on your own mask before helping others?

I have taken several flights from Emirates, FlyDubai and Saudi Airlines. Why is it announced to put your own mask on before helping others with their mask. I wouldn't do it if I am travelling with my ...
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How to cross a road by foot in a country that drives on the “other” side of the road

I'm currently in UB, Mongolia, which has a combination of fairly aggressive driving (though I bet the comments section will list worse countries) and driving on the opposite side of the road than ...
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Safety and travel time from Tangiers to Dakar?

How many days it takes travelling by car from Tangeri to Dakar? How safe is travelling by car from Tangeri to Dakar, specifically in Senegal and Mauritania?
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Where to hide your money in high-risk areas?

I am dangerously curious to explore places with a lot of criminality. If I were to get robbed on my expeditions, I would lose everything I am carrying, so what would be the best bet for hiding your ...
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Can photographs be taken in Istanbul as of August/September 2016?

I'd like to go visit Istanbul in one of the next weeks; I'm not scared by it (I mean, things can happen anywhere), just concerned about possible consequences of taking photos. I've heard a few third-...
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What types of swiss army cards can you take onboard a plane for international travel?

I have had trouble before trying to buy the Tool Logic card which contains a blade with serrated edge because it was held up by customs in Australia, which makes it obvious that it is unsuitable for ...
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Is it safe to use Turkish Airlines now? [duplicate]

Given what is happening in Turkey at the moment, is it advisable using Turkish Airlines with a 2-hour transit in Turkey to my final destination; Copenhagen?
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Are tourists in New Caledonia safer from terrorism than in metropolitan France? [closed]

I haven't heard about any recent terrorist attacks in New Caledonia (there was one back in 1988, but that had government members as hostages, as opposed to tourists or other ordinary bystanders). ...
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Is it true there's a greater chance of being killed by lightning than of dying on a flight?

When people try to calm others who are afraid of flying some will claim it's more likely you will be killed by lightning than dying on a flight. Is there any truth in this?
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What is a good (legal) form of self defense in China

Going to China next week, and have been reading a lot of stuff on bringing pepper spray, it seems like it is illegal, but you would probably only get into trouble if you actually used it. But if I'm ...
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Is the tapwater fit to drink throughout Taiwan?

I didn't want to insult my hosts here in Taipei by asking if it's safe to drink the water since it's very developed here. On the other hand you can't flush toilet paper, so not everything we think of ...
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Travelling with Qatar Airways from Manchester, UK to Delhi, India with a connecting flight at Doha [closed]

The journey from Manchester to Doha involves flying over Libya and Egypt but not the Sinai Peninsula, also the flight flies over Paris. Is this safe? Is Qatar airways taking a safe route or ...
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Does it make sense to use a kayak or canoe in Venice?

By does it make sense I mean whether it is at all legal, safe to an acceptable degree, technically possible (and at least a bit enjoyable) to use own canoe or kayak in the water canals of Venice. I'd ...
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Can I bring a bear spray from the US to Canada?

While hiking in the US, I bought a bear spray. However, I never used it. Now I'm taking an Amtrak train from the US to Canada and I'd like to take the bear spray with me. Am I allowed to do that? ...
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How does the wave of terrorist attacks in Germany affect travelers?

In 2016, there have been at least 5 terrorist attacks in Germany, which is very unusual for that country. How does this affect travelers to Germany?
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Would it be safe to travel from Europe to South-East Asia overland with an ex-USSR-military truck?

I am thinking of travelling overland from Europe to South-East Asia with my own truck, but I concerned about personal safety in some areas. I am concerned about my safety, driving from Europe, via ...
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As a guest, how safe is Airbnb?

From the perspective of a guest, as opposed to a host, how safe is it staying at an Airbnb place? I understand that hosts are encouraged to provide verification and that you can communicate with ...
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What car safety equipment is mandatory in Czech Republic? Do I need to carry spare tires?

Is spare tire (full size or temporary) mandatory in Czech Republic? I wonder if any tire would fit in my cars trunk. Right now, I only possess tire patch kit. I drive hatchback.
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Is it safe to make groups/families sit apart from each other?

Some air companies allow you to select a seat for additional fee. Some go further and intentionally chose different seats for passengers travelling together. Consider now travelling woman with her 12-...
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Is it safe to travel to Iraqi Kurdistan? [closed]

Considering the current situation with ISIS in Iraq, is it safe for U.S. citizens to travel to Erbil and other major cities (Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah) in the Kurdish provinces in Iraq? Are there any U....

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