Top 4 Dangerous Airports

For every great thing in the world, there are equivalents which are not so pleasant. For every top-of-the-line cell phone model, there’s one with the barest of features and will probably cause cancer! For every wonderful, sparkling, luxurious resort, there’s a beach near a crime-ridden area, filled with litter and an old house near it to rent. And for every large airport filled with amenities and safety precautions, there are ones which are essentially an airstrip and a building. Here are those airports that have earned the title of most dangerous in the world.

1. Lukla Airport, Nepal – The people who attempt to climb Mount Everest know this place very well. Renamed in January 2008 as Tenzing-Hillary airport, after the two men who first ascended the highest mountain in the world, this airport is where all Everest climber aspirants land to start their journey. The runway is around half a kilometer long, 20m wide, with an incline being a staggering 20%! With a 700-meter drop on one end and a mountain in the other, and the airport being so high up, this is another added risk to adventurers. There have been five recorded plane accidents. Nevertheless, the people who do come here consider it as part of the risk they signed up for.

2. Courchevel, France – A ski area in the French Alps, it is the largest linked ski area in the world. This is the first resort in France to be constructed from scratch, as opposed to the others which were built around an already existing village. Courchevel’s airport is infamous for having a short runway of around half a kilometer and a gradient of 18.5%! Pilots have to land on the higher incline to slow down enough, and takeoffs must be done towards the decline to pick up speed.

3. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba – The only airport in Saba, in the Caribbean, it is well-known to flyers because of the methods of landing and taking off for the small airport. There have been no tragedies there, but it is still very dangerous. One side has high hills while all the others drop into the sea. The runway length is a bone-chilling 396m, only allowing small aircraft and helicopters to land! The tower is an advisory service only and does not provide air traffic control. You also can’t refuel, so tough luck if you run out.

4. Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Martin – A very busy airport in the Eastern Caribbean, it is a major gateway for other airports nearby. Its runway of a little above two kilometers means that large jets have to fly low to land, and beachgoers at nearby Maho Beach are often treated to an up close and personal view of a big plane. Signs are placed nearby so no unfortunate spotter would be blown back by any plane’s powerful engines.

The ease of air travel allows lots of airports to pop up, including not so safe ones. Been to any of these airports? Speak up and tell us about your experience!

5 Riskiest Travel Places

It’s no secret that the world isn’t a safe place. Not every place is as safe as a strongbox, and you can’t feel secure in certain places as when you’re staying at a fancy resort. Even if there is danger, some people still love to explore and are rewarded, while some are easily frightened. So, what kinds of countries do you definitely need to avoid if you want to be sure to come home with your belongings (and yourself) intact? iJet, an expert in this type of security, can give us a few ideas.

1. Iraq – A well-known unstable region that is definitely on this list. No region here is truly secure, even the green zone, and the insurgency is still at large. Despite security attempts by the US Forces, bombs and civilian deaths are still common, although this is lessening. Journalists are escorted by soldiers at all times. Don’t expect that much protection if you’re here just for kicks.

2. Haiti – Lack of a police force and corruption plagues this country. It has severe environmental and economical problems. Peacekeeping troops have been stationed here, but they can’t do that much. Firearms are rampant, with people walking down the streets with weapons not an uncommon sight. The culture is, however, rich, and you may want to take the risk if you know how to watch yourself. Don’t think there are any five-star hotels.

3. Somalia – This African country is not well-supported by the US, which is trouble for American travelers. Violence flares often here, with fighting still ongoing. Even with the Islamic Courts Union largely gone, they are still active along with Ethiopian troops. The nation is still broken. Parts of the nation are recovering, though, with technological aspects developing nicely. Food in Somalia is great, too. Fly in and sample the local dishes, and remember to stay on the beaten path.

4. Democratic Republic of the Congo – The worst place for women to be, so if you’re one, avoid going here at all costs. Violence against women is considered common by a majority, and rape happens often. A movement is out to right this wrong, but their influence is minor at best. Crime levels are high, and you’re likely to get kidnapped or killed for your belongings here. Their art and music, however, are great. I recommend viewing them from very far away.

5. Afghanistan – The Taliban has a powerful presence in this war-torn country. Outside of the capital, the risk of being kidnapped or killed is high. Beware when walking along the road; land mines still litter the landscape. Homemade bombs are also common. But there is something good here. Residents are proud of their culture, and if you play your cards right, you’ll enjoy your time here immensely.

I was about to place the US as an honorable mention, but only a few areas are risky in the traditional sense. What other places do you think are risky or places you shouldn’t go? Any comments? Speak up!