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Worst airlines to avoid in 2023



Flying can be a nerve-wracking experience for many, especially with the recent history of aviation incidents.

Several airlines have gained notoriety for their below-average safety records, and if you’re anxious about flying, it’s best to avoid these potentially unsafe carriers. Among them are Lion Air, Nepal Airlines, Kam Air, Tara Air, and SCAT Airlines.

Over the last decade, aviation has faced numerous PR challenges, with high-profile accidents making headlines worldwide. From the ill-fated Asiana Flight 214’s botched landing to the tragic crashes of two Malaysia Airlines 777s in 2014, and the Indonesia AirAsia plane lost at sea, aviation safety has been under scrutiny. The 2019 and 2020 Boeing 737 MAX disasters further added to the concerns, creating a perception of frequent plane crashes.

Thankfully, overall global aviation safety continues to improve each year. However, the most dangerous airlines often remain unnoticed, lacking the media coverage that may alert travelers to their risks.

3. Lion Air

Despite Indonesia AirAsia facing intense scrutiny following the crash of flight QZ8501 in late 2014, it does not rank among Indonesia’s most hazardous airlines. Nevertheless, due to its overall safety rating, it remains prohibited from operating flights to the United States and European Union, a restriction shared by fellow Indonesian carriers Garuda Indonesia, KALstar Aviation, and Sriwijaya Air.

However, the less enviable title of one of Indonesia’s most dangerous airlines goes to Lion Air, which has experienced multiple hull losses over the course of its operation, although only one of them garnered significant media attention. Interestingly, despite its concerning safety record, Lion Air’s allure lies in its remarkably low fares, making it a difficult choice to resist, even for those who prioritize safety and aim to steer clear of unsafe carriers.

2. Nepal Airlines

Pilots landing jets in Nepal undoubtedly deserve our empathy, given the formidable presence of the Himalayas in their flight paths, making some flights inherently riskier than others. This is not just a perception but a harsh reality, with Nepal Airlines standing out as one of the world’s most unsafe carriers.

Over the past three decades, Nepal Airlines has faced a string of nearly a dozen fatal accidents, despite operating a relatively modest flight schedule. Its safety track record has earned it a mere one-star rating out of a possible seven on, a reputable site that assesses airline safety using various metrics.

What makes Nepal Airlines’ inclusion among the most dangerous airlines intriguing is its avoidance of the Himalayan airport of Lukla, often considered the world’s most hazardous airport. Even though Lukla serves as a vital stop en route to Everest Base Camp, Nepal Airlines chooses not to fly there.

The safety concerns surrounding Nepal Airlines underscore the need for greater scrutiny and awareness when selecting an airline for travel. Passengers should prioritize safety ratings and make informed decisions to ensure a safer journey.

1. Scat Airlines

The name of Kazakhstan-based SCAT Airlines doesn’t do it any favors, despite its seemingly innocent acronym standing for “Special Cargo Air Transport.” Unfortunately, SCAT’s safety record is far from favorable, but not solely due to the number of fatal crashes it has experienced (just one) since its establishment in 1997. Surprisingly, it has managed to earn a reputation as one of the world’s most dangerous airlines in just over two decades.

The European Commission’s decision to blacklist SCAT is primarily rooted in a lack of confidence in its regulatory processes, which has also cast a shadow of doubt on other Kazakh airlines. If you have travel plans to Kazakhstan, it may be wise to opt for safer airlines, such as Air Astana, to ensure a more secure journey.

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How to make your money work for you over the next decade



With high interest rates, persistent inflation, and a tight labor market—the next decade is expected to be very different from the last 10 years.

Companies and households around the world are still trying to get back to pre-pandemic economic outputs and lifestyles.

So, how can people successfully invest and better manage their personal finances?

James Faris, an Investing Reporter with Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #InAmericaToday #featured #money #finance #economy #investing

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Parents buying houses for their adult children



Rise in parents purchasing homes for adult children sparks concerns

A growing trend of parents buying houses for their adult children is causing a stir, raising questions about the potential downsides of such arrangements. While the gesture may seem benevolent, experts warn of the pitfalls associated with this practice.

Financial advisors express concerns about the impact on both generations’ financial independence. By providing ready-made homes, parents might inadvertently hinder their children’s ability to learn crucial financial lessons, such as budgeting, mortgage management, and property ownership responsibilities.

The trend also sparks debates on the long-term implications for the housing market. Critics argue that such parental interventions can distort property prices and exacerbate existing affordability challenges, particularly for younger individuals aspiring to enter the property market independently.

There’s a call for a broader societal discussion on the balance between parental support and fostering financial autonomy. While the intention is often rooted in care, the unintended consequences of sheltering adult children from financial realities are prompting a reassessment of this well-meaning practice.

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Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology



Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.

The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.

The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.

In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.

Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.

The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.

It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.

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