10 Travel Tragedies Of 2009

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In the "10 Travel Tragedies Of 2009" , FamilyTravelForum.com explores the dark side of family vacations and discovers that the least likely things happen to those who never expect it.

Catching the novel H1N1 virus was one of 2009's most obvious travel risks.

We're not trying to discourage anyone from traveling, just trying to point out that common sense precautions -- while very important -- aren't always enough

FamilyTravelForum.com (FTF), the family vacation media publisher, released its "10 Travel Tragedies Of 2009" report today, highlighting some of the unusual mishaps and freak accidents that befall tourists.

Ranging from the indignities suffered by family travelers, to the H1N1 flu epidemic or the Air France flight that crashed off the coast of Brazil, these mishaps, unfortunate occurrences and tragedies underscore the uncertainty in travel today.

"We're not trying to discourage anyone from traveling, just trying to point out that common sense precautions -- while very important -- aren't always enough," notes author Jillian Ryan. "I believe the lifetime benefits of travel far outweigh the risks."

While bad travel news ranged from staff cutbacks at the airlines, to baggage check fees and erratic security procedures at TSA checkpoints, the real tragedies were far more personal. Ryan analyzed the following incidents to highlight how unpredictable today's world really is.

-- Pregnant American Tourist Murdered in U.S. Caribbean Territory
-- Seven-Year Old Girl Drowns in Rogue Wave During Hurricane Bill
-- Two Monorails Crash in Orlando’s Disney World, Driver Killed
-- Natasha Richardson Dies After Minor Ski Accident
-- Two-Year-Old and Mom Kicked Off Flight for Crying
-- Airbus Crashes into the Atlantic, No Survivors
-- Eighteen Cruisers Robbed at Gunpoint in Nassau, Bahamas
-- Flight Delayed on Tarmac for 6-Hours… Mid-Route
-- Terrorists Bomb Two Hotels in Jakarta
-- Young Teen Drowns in Cozumel

And you were worried about your lost luggage.

Read more about these events in FamilyTravelForum.com's "10 Travel Tragedies Of 2009".

About FTF
Family Travel Forum (FTF), the family vacation media company, has served all who "Have Kids, Still Travel" with print and online guides since 1996. http://www.FamilyTravelForum.com has won many awards for its expert global coverage of family vacations ranging from multi-generational cruises to eco-adventures; the Top 10 Getaways survey of resort-based infant programs; a robust Flee Market™; forums on car seat and travel safety; gear reviews; pediatric travel health and a unique Custom Trip Planning service for consumers. For its publications including http://www.travelBIGO.com for the Before I Get Old crowd, and twice monthly e-newsletters packed with vacation deals, FTF has been honored with Travel Weekly's 2009 Magellan Award.

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