Travel danger warning issued for the Bahamas


 Some passengers have confused emergency exit door handles for
 handrails. 
 Others have been filmed slapping gate agents or calling other
 passengers names. 
 One man was photographed removing his pants, shoes, and socks
 on a flight. 
 Getting lost, 
 navigating language barriers, and 
 spending too much of a foreign currency are part of the
 experience of 
 being a tourist. But making a major mistake while flying can
 have consequences for everyone on board.
 First-time flyers, superstitious travelers, and passengers who
 have 
 simply reached the end of their rope have caused everything
 from flight delays to cancellations.
 Here are 12 times
 that passengers have reportedly caused trouble.
Main Street, U.S.A., is covered in projections and lasers during "Mickey's Mix Magic."
Slide 1 of 23: Bahamas
The thought of a Bahamas vacation might conjure up images of relaxing on a boat in serene blue waters ...
Slide 2 of 23: Sun, surf and sand are the main draws on Harrismith Beach, Barbados.
Slide 3 of 23: A cargo ship travels through the Culebra Cut in Paraiso, Panama. A Panama Canal Authority statement said nearly 800 so-called New Panamax ships have transited the locks since June, an average of 5.3 vessels per day.

Slide 4 of 23: Curacao's Willemstad is a capital city so picture-perfect, you'll think you've landed on the movie set for a quaint Caribbean island.
Slide 5 of 23: En esta imagen sin fecha tomada de un video del Harbour Village Beach Club, difundido por el Centro de Aprendizaje Oceánico Fabian Cousteau peces en el mar Caribe cerca de la costa occidental de Bonaire. Los responsables del proyecto confían en que fomente el desarrollo de un hábitat natural en arrecifes dañados en otros lugares del mundo. (Fabian Cousteau Ocean Learning Center via AP)
Slide 6 of 23: 18. St. Martin
Slide 7 of 23: 4. Dominica
Slide 8 of 23: Elevated Beach View
Slide 9 of 23: Harbor Ocho Rios Jamaica
Slide 10 of 23: FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION: Grand Cayman Island
Slide 11 of 23: Beach with sunloungers under blue sky, Beach Club, Ritz Charlton Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Caribbean, America
Slide 12 of 23: Carnival Sensation operates year-round three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Fla.
Slide 13 of 23: Cozumel Island near Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
Slide 14 of 23: Pool at the family-oriented all inclusive FDR Pebbles Resort, Falmouth, Jamaica
Slide 15 of 23: Harvest Caye comprises two adjoining islands off the coast of Belize City. (Photo courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line/TNS)
Slide 16 of 23: A boat dock in West End Village, Isla Roatan, one of the Bay Islands off Honduras. West End on 2/9/05.
 Spud Hilton / The Chronicle
Slide 17 of 23: This December 2011 photo shows the beach at the Mayan Garden Inn near Majahual in Costa Maya, Mexico. This region of Mexico is located on the coast of the Western Caribbean, south of Cancun and the Riviera Maya. (AP Photo/Kim Curtis)
Slide 18 of 23: The world's longest pier, which doubles as a roadway, extends for 4 1/2 miles from Progreso, Mexico, into water deep enough to support large cruise ships.Progreso is a budget-friendly destination on the Yucatan Peninsula's northern Gulf Coast.
Slide 19 of 23: Snorkelers in Key West, Florida. Illustrates FAMILY-KEYWEST (category t), by Andrea Sachs © 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Michael S. Williamson.)
Slide 20 of 23: FREEPORT, BAHAMAS - FEBRUARY 6:   Folks enjoy the afternoon sun at Coral Beach on February 6, 2011 in Freeport, Bahamas. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images).
Slide 21 of 23: A group of "Palenqueras" (Afro-Colombian women dressed in costumes typical of fruit sellers) welcome tourists descending from cruises docked in the port of the Caribbean city of Cartagena, Colombia, in 2011.
Slide 22 of 23: Relax beneath a thatched umbrella between swims in the Caribbean Sea in front of the Aruba Marriott.
Slide 23 of 23: Nassau, Bahamas

Bahamas The thought of a Bahamas vacation might conjure up images of relaxing on a boat in serene blue waters …

Sun, surf and sand are the main draws on Harrismith Beach, Barbados.

A cargo ship travels through the Culebra Cut in Paraiso, Panama. A Panama Canal Authority statement said nearly 800 so-called New Panamax ships have transited the locks since June, an average of 5.3 vessels per day. 

Curacao’s Willemstad is a capital city so picture-perfect, you’ll think you’ve landed on the movie set for a quaint Caribbean island.

En esta imagen sin fecha tomada de un video del Harbour Village Beach Club, difundido por el Centro de Aprendizaje Oceánico Fabian Cousteau peces en el mar Caribe cerca de la costa occidental de Bonaire. Los responsables del proyecto confían en que fomente el desarrollo de un hábitat natural en arrecifes dañados en otros lugares del mundo. (Fabian Cousteau Ocean Learning Center via AP)

18. St. Martin

4. Dominica

Elevated Beach View

Harbor Ocho Rios Jamaica

FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION: Grand Cayman Island

Beach with sunloungers under blue sky, Beach Club, Ritz Charlton Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Caribbean, America

Carnival Sensation operates year-round three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Fla.

Cozumel Island near Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

Pool at the family-oriented all inclusive FDR Pebbles Resort, Falmouth, Jamaica

Harvest Caye comprises two adjoining islands off the coast of Belize City. (Photo courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line/TNS)

A boat dock in West End Village, Isla Roatan, one of the Bay Islands off Honduras. West End on 2/9/05. Spud Hilton / The Chronicle

This December 2011 photo shows the beach at the Mayan Garden Inn near Majahual in Costa Maya, Mexico. This region of Mexico is located on the coast of the Western Caribbean, south of Cancun and the Riviera Maya. (AP Photo/Kim Curtis)

The world’s longest pier, which doubles as a roadway, extends for 4 1/2 miles from Progreso, Mexico, into water deep enough to support large cruise ships.Progreso is a budget-friendly destination on the Yucatan Peninsula’s northern Gulf Coast.

Snorkelers in Key West, Florida. Illustrates FAMILY-KEYWEST (category t), by Andrea Sachs © 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Michael S. Williamson.)

FREEPORT, BAHAMAS – FEBRUARY 6: Folks enjoy the afternoon sun at Coral Beach on February 6, 2011 in Freeport, Bahamas. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images).

A group of “Palenqueras” (Afro-Colombian women dressed in costumes typical of fruit sellers) welcome tourists descending from cruises docked in the port of the Caribbean city of Cartagena, Colombia, in 2011.

Relax beneath a thatched umbrella between swims in the Caribbean Sea in front of the Aruba Marriott.

Nassau, Bahamas

Before booking your next summer vacation, be advised that one popular destination is now under a travel warning for tourists.

The U.S. State Department just issued a level-2 travel advisory warning — “Exercise Increased Caution”— for the Bahamas due to crime. This includes robberies, burglaries and sexual assault.

“Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists,” the notice reads.

Another potential hazard are also commercial recreational watercrafts, since a study found that some water-tour boats aren’t regularly regulated.

“Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas,” the study reported. “As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.”

The vast majority of crimes, the state department explained, occur in New Providence and Grand Bahama islands, both day and night.

More specifically, tourists are asked to avoid the area known as “Over the Hill” (south of Shirley Street), as well as the “Fish Fry at Arawak Cay in Nassau, especially at night.”

Additional tips for those traveling to the Bahamas:

1. Don’t open your door unless you know who’s knocking.

2. Don’t resist a robbery attempt.

3. Have a contingency plan for emergency medical situations and enroll in the e-Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you: step.state.gov.

For additional advice, review the department’s travelers’ checklist at travel.state.gov.

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