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What recourse will a passenger who is scheduled to fly commercial on that model of plane have if they refuse to board because of safety concerns? None. The airline and the relevant regulators are the competent authorities to determine what types of planes are safe to fly, not the passengers. Of course, in many cases, airlines will do things such as ...


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A cabin crewmember here... This is different from airline to another, and country to another, but I can safely assume there are a lot of similarities when it comes to this, as most of the airlines get the instructions from local Civil Aviation Authorities and local health ministries, both authorities get the information from higher global organizations. ...


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The picture is of horses in the road. When I stayed with friends in The New Forest, UK, where free range ponies roam (not actually wild), they often block the road in groups, and nothing apparently will move them. But my friend taught me how: Be gentle, do not alarm them, give them time. Open the car windows, so the ponies can see you, and then Lightly pat ...


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Safes are only as secure as the users who have access. This could be you (the guest), a presumably trusted manager, or someone with access to the room and some google-fu. Story: I had my honeymoon in Fiji. My wife locked our stuff in the safe, and it included something we needed at the time....medicine maybe? Point is, she forgot the PIN, or it no longer ...


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If a regulator has ordered that aircraft grounded and an airline continues to fly it, contact the regulator. Beyond that, you would have a hard time arguing that the fears were "well founded". They may not be baseless, but still not "well founded". At that point, it would be a passenger voluntarily refusing to board. No recourse.


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Ideally the authorities should be contacted when a person is believed to be missing. Now whether you want to do that now or later that's up to you and the family, but I would definitely check with them first. Once you make the decision to alert authorities, I would first alert the US Dept. of State: U.S. Citizens Missing Abroad If you are concerned ...


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If you looking for some sort of (semi)official marker, then you should use the cabin chimes. While these vary by airline there is very often a 10,000 ft chime which indicates the 'take-off' phase is over and cabin crew can begin service. There would be a similar final decent chime as well. This is when the announcements are made or video plays. The seat-...


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You are already being too paranoid for right now . Though this may change if Wuhan Corona virus becomes far more widespread. Apart from the very small probability of coming into contact with a Wuhan Coronavirus carrier unless you are in/around Wuhan as mentioned in another answer you need to consider the following: 300,000 to 650,000 people die from Flu ...


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In my country, since it's a large country with a lot of long highways across deserts and mountains where a wide range of animals cross the streets (mainly camels, baboons and donkeys), I have faced that a lot. I am unaware if there are laws for this, but out of personal experience I learned a few Dos and Don'ts: Before approaching them, ensure no cars on ...


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Foreign number plates I think generally you won't have a problem having a car with foreign number plates. While in this post-Brexit-vote world there certainly is increased publicly-expressed xenophobia I don't think it's to the level you worry it is. Driving in cities If you intend to drive in central London (something I would advise against, personally), ...


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A senior cabin crewmember here... The "critical" times for flights is 3 minutes after take-off and 8 minutes before landing. This is the time in which the chance of having an emergency is relatively high, this includes some dangerous maneuvers as a result of rejected take-offs, wind shears, bird strikes, etc. So, technically speaking if you count 3 ...


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According to this website: Like other coronaviruses – such as the common cold – the virus is spread via droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread when someone touches a contaminated surface such as a door handle. I'm not a doctor but my mom is a biologist who works for the State Laboratory in São Paulo doing analysis in blood,...


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Stay in your car, as in the car you are a car and not a danger or enemy. Walking you may be seen as danger and the animals may try to scare you off, which can be dangerous for your health. If you do have the time, I would wait and enjoy. But if it takes long or if you are in a hurry you can drive slowly forward. Most of the animals living near roads are ...


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The link that you cite already states the law: Any “noxious substance” is illegal. So this is likely yucky stuff, but with no irritant. It may be disorienting for a moment, but I doubt it’ll incapacitate a determined attacker. For practical advice: Don’t. Even if you were a trained officer, going against 4 armed attackers (or even 2) with just a can of ...


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Iraq - Level 4: Do Not Travel Source: U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, April 9, 2019


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For $30, you can walk directly from the Tijuana baggage claim to the United States border via CBX (Cross Border Xpress). That seems like the safest option, even if the others are not very dangerous. It does require a passport, however, so if your need to use the land border is motivated by a lack of a passport, it looks like this won't help you. Their ...


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It depends on the species. If you're driving in Sápmi (Lapland) and there are reindeer on the road, shout at them. They'll understand a human voice much better than a car honk or engine. You may need to get out of your car so they can see as well as hear you. If you just honk, they will probably just keep staring at your car in mild curiosity. If you do ...


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Yes, you're overthinking. The name of the game in North Korea is brinksmanship: they push the envelope to extract concessions, but are not stupid enough to commit an actual act of war, like shooting down a passenger airplane. Also, North Korea does not test anti-aircraft missiles, but ballistic missiles aimed at specific targets on the ground. These fly ...


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Simple, No recourse. You may always politely ask for rescheduling to different equipment. "It doesn't cost anything to be nice" -- Bear Bryant


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Medical kits in the US contain doses of Epinephrine, though they aren't required to be in autoinjectors as far as I know (one Canadian airline stopped flying Epipens but continues to bring the drug in vial form). The airlines can exceed that standard in their kits. There'd still be plenty of reason for your friend to carry their own, as it would be ...


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It is safe. Demonstrations mostly occur on the weekends, are quite localized, are mostly peaceful and don't target tourists. If you are paranoid, avoid wearing black clothes, since that's one of the way protesters identify themselves (my French contacts advised me to wear a yellow vest to make sure I'm not mistaken for a protester). I have seen a few ...


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In terms of safety, probably nothing special of note, except: Avoid areas where demonstrations take place. There are sadly always a few over-excited individuals who play dumb with the police and the police are a bit quick to react these days. There are lots of bikes, scooters and other mobility devices everywhere, including on sidewalks where they're ...


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There have been a lot of calls recently for some attempt to improve the driving standards of visiting tourists in New Zealand. The Automobile Association here has put together this video to try and address the need. To my knowledge there's no formal training program that visiting drivers are required to take, although it's being discussed. I do know that ...


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Go in the back to secretly communicate that to the flight attendant, and request a seat change? If a passenger told a flight attendant that they suspected another passenger had a deadly contagious disease, the flight crew, if they believed the risk was real, they would immediately take steps to protect the passengers as a whole and the safety of the flight ...


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Here's an excerpt from a recent BBC article: Can I ask to fly on a different plane? Some passengers scheduled to fly on a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft may wish to transfer to a different flight, but they will have no rights to do so without incurring extra costs under the current regulations. With regulators in the US declaring these planes safe ...


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Typhoons hit Japan mostly between May and October with the peak in August and September. They can make landfall anywhere in Japan, but not all do. About seven each year pass over Okinawa, while only three reach the main islands. Later storms are generally more powerful than earlier ones. Earthquakes are unpredictable and can occur at any time and be of any ...


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In Economy, I have always interpreted the "fasten seat belt" sign switch-off as the time it is safe to recline the seat. Sometimes, due to turbulence or other reasons, the sign stays on for long after take-off. In that case I tend to wait for the plane to finish its climb and stabilise before I recline the seat. In Business with seats that turn into beds (...


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Petra is in the desert, so rain is rare, but it's also in a dry river bed (wadi) so flash flooding after heavy rain is possible. It's worth noting this only affects the actual monument, the town of Petra where all the hotels etc are is located above the valley and is not subject to floods So avoiding flash floods is simple enough: don't go into the valley ...


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I'm a 70-year-old woman. I visit London about once a year, because it is one of my favorite cities, I used to live there, and my relatives all live in England. I do the things I expect most people do in tourist areas, such as not flashing a lot of cash, and not making life easy for pickpockets. Otherwise, I pay far more attention to avoiding traffic ...


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If said person is traveling by public transport or good rental car, I would not worry if there is no contact for a couple of days. Only if the person in walking or cycling and has not reported in at the time they promised to do that I would try to search for him. And in that case I would start by calling his relatives to ask if they have been in contact. ...


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