Hot answers tagged

112

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 ...


77

No joke. A hoverboard these days isn't referring to flying skateboards a la Marty McFly in Back to the Future, but what Wikipedia calls self-balancing scooters: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-balancing_scooter And the equally serious reason airlines don't want these on board is that they're crammed full of lithium batteries, which have a disturbing ...


64

It is usually not correct to talk about factors causing cancer. Factors increase the probability of getting cancer. The human mind does not deal well with very small and very large probabilities, we crave certainty. Any radiation exposure increases the probability of getting cancer. There is no safe dose. A small dose, or even many small doses, does not mean ...


52

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.


36

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-...


29

Is this a standard text? Absolutely. Every airline I looked at had such a restriction and I think it's more or less mandated by IATA's restrictions on lithium batteries. Air Canada: "Small lithium battery-powered vehicles are not accepted in either checked baggage or carry-on baggage due to safety concerns associated to the lithium batteries that power ...


28

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 ...


24

Your calculations are reasonable, but I am not sure if you understand or just misquote the EU Basic Safety Standards directive. I assume that you are referring to article 12 of the directive: "Dose limits for public exposure". This article limits the amount of artificial radiation, which you as a member of the public can additionaly be exposed to by '...


23

It's pretty small marginals we're talking about (trains hardly ever crash in the first place), but I don't think the type of car matters as much as where in the train. Most collisions involve the front end of at least one train -- and most derailments involve something going wrong with the first bogie, since that will meet hazards on the track first. So for ...


23

Although the law is on your side, the people engaging in moral policing is on rise in these days, especially northern India. Be cautious. Let me address the situations one by one. Going to restaurant - Safe Shopping Mall - Safe Walking on roads - Mostly Safe, refrain from PDAs (Public Displays of Affection) Movies - Safe, Stick to multiplexes. Park - Can ...


17

I am a cabin crewmember, I did anything from as much as 10 flights per month to 35 flights per month (around 80-100 hours flight time) for years and still alive and fine. Crewmembers follow a complicated system that regulate rest periods between flights and flying hours per month and many other things. This does not apply to passengers, they are not ...


16

There is a risk. At a minimum, you are revealing the personal information, including your full name. The itinerary may also contain (depending on its format) your date of birth and travel document information (see What harm can be done with a copy of one's passport?). You're also revealing your whereabouts: somebody could, at least theoretically, follow you ...


16

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


15

I'll second sitting towards the rear as mentioned in the excellent answer by Henning Makholm (train crashes in the US, as far as I know, are most usually collisions between trains and things that aren't trains that have no business being in the track (eg at level ("grade") crossings); or derailments, both of which are going to affect the front of the train ...


14

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


12

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 ...


11

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 ...


11

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 (...


10

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 ...


9

Interestingly, the FAA regulations actually mandate that the pilot must not takeoff until all seats are upright, while the passengers are only commanded to obey flight attendant instructions in the matter.FAR 121.311 no certificate holder may take off or land an airplane unless each passenger seat back is in the upright position. Each passenger shall ...


8

Yes it is safe. Acccording to AirSafe, the last significant incident involving this airline or its subsidiaries was in 1997. AirlineRatings TripAdvisor Heres a review by AdvisoryHQ Fast Facts About China Southern Airlines Here are a few facts that we uncovered during our research through China Southern reviews that will give you overall picture of ...


8

If you booked a excursion directly with Carnival, you are most likely fine. The cruise ship companies are very motivated to keep their passengers safe and any type of press positive, so they will make sure they work with reliable and capable suppliers (and typically charge a pretty penny for it too). If you stay with the excursion and don't wander off into ...


7

I was in Bali last week, I stayed for two weeks and in this two weeks I experienced two earthquakes. One of them was in the nearby island of Lombok, but it was too strong and it was felt in Bali, the other one was centered 60km from Bali but it wasn't that strong (5.6) but I was in the 4th floor and it was scary. However, nothing happened and no injuries at ...


7

For 5.8€, you could get a transit day pass that allows for unlimited travel on the transit network, including night buses – (especially) if you take a seat next to the bus operator, you'll definitely be safe, and you'll also see some more of Vienna.


7

As a general rule, US rental car companies do not provide Winter tires as standard in any locations, and in most locations they are also not available even as options. Many vehicles will be fitted with "M&S" (Mud and Snow") tires which are a mid-way between a standard tire and winter tires. There is no legal requirement for vehicles to have winter ...


6

About safety there is not much to say - China southern is as safe as any other big international carrier - and safety in general does not have any direct relation to price. In fact , skytrax has a rating of 4 stars for that carrier ( including safety ), and it's quite a good one. There are different safety reports and rankings from different organizations ...


6

Carry your own, the process of opening the doctor medical kit onboard airplanes involves showing a proper medical doctor ID to the crew. There are flights where none of the passengers is a doctor. Do not rely on luck.


6

I got mugged when living in France. The phrase I remember them using during that experience was "vide les poches" (empty your pockets). However, I'd agree with the comments on the original question, the fact that someone is trying to mug you should be apparent regardless of your competence in the language. Beggars will be persistent, sure, but it's very ...


6

In addition to existing answers, a couple of times I flew Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic, the pre-flight announcement stated that their Upper Class seats (which do convert into full flat bed) are certified for take-off and landing at any recline position and therefore there is no need to bring them to the upright position for take off and landing. So, in ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible