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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...


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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...


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Carrying pepper spray around may get you into trouble with the law, it is probably illegal despite what vendors may tell you. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-defence_in_English_law Self-defence in English law is a complete defence to all non-sexual offences involving the unlawful use of force (i.e. anything from battery to murder). In other words, ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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If we are able to get his booking details, will airlines, trains, hotels, etc. confirm whether he boarded or checked in? Not easily. Typically, airlines and hotels do not give out this type of information for privacy protection. However, you can always call and try: smaller hotels or bed & breakfast tend to be less stringent with this. Some airlines ...


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There are various factors to consider here, in my view. The questions to ask here are: How likely is it that you get pickpocketed? This depends on many individual factors. How alert are you usually? Do you get distracted? Have you been pickpocketed in the past? Do you look like an easy mark, for instance because you cannot fight back or run after the thief? ...


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Typhoons differ in intensity, but they're the most violent weather event on Earth and can be deadly. These steps are not all equally important, I just included the most information I could. Japan being a mountainous island, it's particularly at risk for floods, surges and landslides. It is also one of the most disaster-prepared countries. Typhoon season in ...


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It's perfectly safe. I've been there a few weeks ago, and the only inconvenience I encountered were unpredictable MTR station and system closures, but in case that happens there are always alternatives (buses, taxis and ultimately walking). The Citymapper and MTR apps are useful as they provide notifications of closures in real time, and alternative routes ...


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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.


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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 ...


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