The Latest Trend Aboard Cruise Ships: Lifeguards

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/21/2017, 4:00 AM

Something that might surprise you if you're not a regular cruiser: As recently as five years ago, lifeguards were nowhere to be found at the pool areas of the major lines' ships. There were caution signs posted, but passengers swam at their own risk. Disney Cruise Line was the first to add lifeguards in 2013. Royal Caribbean International followed suit earlier this year. Now another bi...

Safety Harness for Buckling Up Dogs on Car Trips

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/24/2017, 5:00 AM

Your mental picture of a dog in a car likely involves a canine head sticking out of a passenger window—jowls flapping, tongue lolling, and drool flying.  But in the event of a sudden stop or auto accident, an unrestrained pet is in as much danger as a human rider not wearing a seat belt.  One solution is to keep the animal in a travel crate. But members of the four-legged community are...

Trump's Regulation Orders Have Stalled FAA Safety Notices

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/08/2017, 5:00 AM

Even if you think the federal government should stay out of most things, you're probably glad somebody's keeping an eye on airplane safety. Too bad the guy in the White House is making that harder to do.   President Donald Trump has moved swiftly to roll back federal regulations on businesses, signing an executive order that put all new and pending regulations on hold for 60 days (a fa...

Turkey Issues U.S. Travel Warning Following Anti-Trump Protests

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/14/2016, 12:30 PM

Turkey—a frequent subject of travel advisories issued by the U.S. government—has released a warning of its own, alerting Turkish citizens to the dangers of visiting the United States.  In a statement, the Foreign Ministry cited a wave of anti-Donald Trump demonstrations following the presidential election last week as a reason for the warning. The agency noted that the protests "occasional...

Following Earthquakes, Is Italy Travel Still Safe?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/04/2016, 4:00 AM

The 6.6-magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy on Sunday—the country's largest since 1980—was only the latest in a series of tremors that have shaken Italy since summer.  Just days before the quake in Norcia destroyed historic buildings, left thousands of people homeless, and injured more than a dozen (though no deaths were reported), there were back-to-back earthquakes in Macerata, e...

Are Conditions on Flights Leaving Passengers Vulnerable to Sexual Assault?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/24/2016, 4:00 AM

The accusations from 11 women who say that Donald Trump kissed or touched them sexually without their consent have brought renewed national attention to the issue of sexual assault. And that includes incidents on airplanes; one of the accusers, Jessica Leeds, alleges that Trump groped her during a flight in 1979 (for the record, he says she's lying).  In an article in the New York Times, s...

Where Travelers Concerned About Safety Are Going (It's Not France)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/08/2016, 4:00 AM

Following the terror attacks in Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, and Nice that have taken place since November, we've heard a lot about how safety concerns are having a negative impact on tourism in those places.  The downturn has been especially pronounced in France, one of the world's top travel destinations. One recent report found, for example, that a million fewer people visited Paris from ...

Indian Tourism Minister Says Female Visitors Shouldn't Wear Skirts

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2016, 4:00 AM

At a press conference on Sunday, Indian tourism minister Mahesh Sharma said that in order to stay safe, female visitors to the country should avoid wearing skirts or going out alone at night.  He was being asked about security concerns in Agra, where the Taj Mahal is. Over the weekend, a 15-year-old girl was kidnapped from the streets of the city and raped—making her the 33rd minor to beco...

Three Countries Issue US Travel Warnings

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/11/2016, 11:45 AM

Three countries have issued warnings urging their citizens to exercise caution while traveling in the United States, following a series of police shootings of black Americans and sometimes violent protests in response. The Middle Eastern nations of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recommend avoiding crowds to stay safe; the Bahamas advises young black males to "exercise extreme caution . ....

Aeroflot: It's Not Just for Crashes Anymore

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/22/2016, 6:30 PM

Aeroflot, the flag carrier of the Russian Federation, has a dreadful reputation for being unsafe. And it deserves it: The Aircraft Crashes Record Office, a non-government organization based in Switzerland, says that as of May 2010, 8,231 passengers have died in Aeroflot crashes.  That's a lot. Air France comes a distant second, with 1,783 fatalities, followed by the defunct Pan Am (1,...

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