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What's the Deal with Passengers Grabbing Luggage During Emergency Evacuations?

March 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

"One is an example. Two is a coincidence. Three is a trend."

Something has been troubling us lately. Recent footage and images of emergency aircraft evacuations show passengers consciously disobeying flight crew commands to leave their luggage onboard. Fools are grabbing carry-ons and shopping bags, hopping down the emergency slides with them, and running for their lives.

Granted, emergency landings and evacuations are an extremely rare occurrence and it's likely you'll never have to experience one. Still, should you find yourself queuing up to shimmy out an emergency exit, please remember to put the well-being of fellow passengers before that of your duty-free impulse buys.

Take, for instance, the tragic incidence of the Asiana 214 crash landing at SFO last year. Video footage of the evacuation (as the plane burns!) has passengers running with armloads of bags. Several bags are clearly from duty-free shops. To say this is embarrassing is a gross understatement, especially considering three passengers lost their lives.

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The Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Teaches a Hard Passport Lesson

Where: Malaysia
March 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

An entire weekend has passed since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and, in that time, the only news of any consequence has been that at least two passengers onboard were traveling under false identities, using stolen passports.

No aircraft, wreckage, emergency calls, or anything to decipher the mystery has been found.

What we have now is a world distressed by the use of these stolen passports, both swiped in the last two years while the original owners (who are alive still) were visiting the popular vacation destination of Phuket, Thailand. Phuket is an island towards the south of Thailand, much nearer to the border with Malaysia than the Thai capital of Bangkok.

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Is Travel to Bangkok Safe Right Now? Thai Airways Thinks So.

January 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we checked-in on the political protests happening in Bangkok, a few airlines had reduced service to the Thai capital. Even though there's no immediate cessation of anti-government protests in the near future, can travelers still consider Bangkok as a safe destination this season?

Interestingly enough, Thai Airways hasn't said much when it comes to reduced flights or travel waivers. There is a warning on their website that, due to road closures, they recommend leave 4 hours early before a scheduled flight. Apart from that, operations are running as per normal and as if nothing was actually happening in the city center.

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Four Things NOT to Do With Your Passport

October 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

Having a passport is a big, frickin' deal. Just think about it—a flimsy notebooky thing contains all your necessary personal data to allow you to show up on almost any foreign shore demanding admittance for tourism. What's more is that these things are valid for ten years. Ten years. That means that at no point in ten years can you spill coffee on it, use it to steady the leg of a wobbly table, or absentmindedly leave it behind in a hotel room safe. Replacing it isn't fun, and neither is being without it completely.

Thus, to avoid any mishaps and keep you always at the ready to hit the road, here's our top tips on What NOT to do with your passport::

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The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Leaving for the Airport

October 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM | by | Comment (1)

Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.

This Week: The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Leaving for the Airport

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12 Years Later, Traveling on September 11 Almost Returns to Normal

September 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM | by | Comment (1)

This week, America observed the 12th Anniversary of September 11 and, as with every passing year, reflecting back on that autumn day still means a somber sadness. This year, one Jaunted contributor took to the skies on September 11, boarding three different planes in three different airports while heading overseas. These are his observations.

· First flight: Delta Connection from Cody, Wyoming to Salt Lake City
This is a small regional airport where there is only one security lane and a grand total of two different flights per day. Check-in was as per normal, but the security line was a bit longer and slower than we're used to seeing. We can't be too sure if this is due to a temporary uptick in traveler numbers or a more vigilant TSA staff for the day.

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NYC's 'Tribute in Light' Returns for Twelfth Anniversary of September 11

September 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, when two powerful lights take up their brief residence in lower Manhattan to remember the thousands of lives lost during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This year marks the twelfth anniversary of the attacks, but the tenth for the lights themselves. Officially the installation is called "Tribute in Light," and it takes 88 searchlights to form the seemingly never-ending beams. Nearly every year they've appeared was said to be the last, but here they are still.

Tomorrow and through this upcoming weekend, expect lower Manhattan to be heavily policed, and hordes of visitors to descend upon the area around the 9/11 Memorial.

If you just want to see the lights, however, they're perfectly visible from popular tourist sites such as the Staten Island Ferry and Empire State Building visitor deck. Also, search the #TributeinLight hashtag on Instagram for hundreds of images.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Thailand Launches Tourist Court to Help Stop Scams, Improve Tourist Safety

September 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Regardless of how this all plays out and whether or not you believe it's the best way to go about it, you’ve got to hand it to them: Despite the fact that most tourists have no problems in Thailand, that certainly isn’t stopping the country from taking complaints seriously.

Last week, in what could be a benchmark move for the travel industry, a pilot “tourist court” was launched in Pattaya to help mediate “small claims” from tourists. While there have been a few mainstream cases to come out of Thailand over the past few years, this court will be responsible for handling more mundane disputes, including rip-offs and robberies. “Serious” offenses, like getting your tail whipped by a gang or something, will still be handled by the regular judicial system.

This move comes in response to the ever-growing amount of problems with tourists being scammed by tourism operators, including jet ski and car rental companies, taxi drivers and tuk-tuks.

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Travel Trepidation: What LGBT Travelers Should Know Before Heading to Russia

July 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM | by | Comment (1)

With plenty of victories on the same-sex marriage front on our own shores and now the UK getting one step closer to full recognition, it's easy to get caught up in the jubilation that is progress. One country that standing in the way of such celebrations, however, would be Russia. Recently President Putin signed new laws onto the books prohibiting the spread of any type of "gay propaganda."

What can this mean for foreign LGBT nationals traveling to the country to get some snaps of the Saint Basil's Cathedral or even heading to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi? In short, we would recommend to watching your back and being more vigilant than what western Europe travel would require. Since bad things can happen to good people regardless of sexual orientation, here are a few tips to ensure your safety if traveling abroad:

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Should You Forget About Traveling to Istanbul This Summer?

June 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

2013 really seemed like it would be the year for Istanbul tourism. International flights from the US to Istanbul have been extra cheap ($500-700 roundtrip!), and—perhaps most importantly—the majority of our friends either have just returned or are preparing to leave for a quick visit to the city, so a cloud of Istanbul chatter on social media is influencing vacation decisions. Or was.

Protests, rioting and the threat of a "Turkish Spring" are quickly chipping away at the tourist desire to visit Istanbul in 2013. To be clear, the protests, which began with the aim of opposing development of the beloved Gezi Park but quickly developed a broader focus against the current Turkish government, are dangerous; this is no Occupy Wall Street situation with drum circles and damp sleeping bags.

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8 Travel Safety Tips to Avoid Getting Mugged

May 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

We were robbed. It may have happened just over a year ago, but we still live with the effects (like a fear that comes while biking and we hear a moped motor approaching). Read the full story, but also take away whatever knowledge you can from our horrible experience in order to prevent it happening to you while away from home.

Only a few days ago, Lifehacker posted a brilliant list of tips for travelers toting nice cameras, including how to deter would-be thieves. In this vein, we're revisiting our own 8 safety tips to avoid being mugged abroad:

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So You're Heading to Seoul: How to Prepare for a Trip to South Korea

Where: Seoul, Korea
May 8, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (2)


At Seoul's Gyeongbokgung Palace

Forget "Gangnam Style" for a moment and consider what influence the tiny country of South Korea has on the planet. Own anything by Samsung or LG? Ever tried Taekwondo or tasted Red Mango yogurt? These are all Korean contributions to the world. Finally more airlines are figuring out that Seoul is awesome enough to warrant nonstop flights—like American Airlines' nonstop from Dallas-Ft. Worth starting tomorrow (May 9).

If you're not scared off by North Korea's threats—and you shouldn't be because everything is progressing normal as pie in South Korea—and you're hopping a flight to ICN soon, then there are a few steps you can take to prepare for a trip to Seoul:

· Register with the State Department's STEP Program
STEP, or "Smart Traveler Enrollment Program," used to by the less jazzy title of "State Department Travel Registration," but its function is still the same—to make the US embassies to which you're traveling aware of your presence. Should there be a weather disaster, civil unrest, or other emergency occurrence, the embassy will have your contact information and know that you're likely in need of assistance along with other American in the country. In times of peace and sunny weather, the program occasionally sends an email with the latest travel alert news on the destination.

We actually register with STEP for any trip we take lasting over one week, or to any country with even the least bit of weirdness.

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