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The Most Dangerous Airports in the World Are Every Adventurer’s Dream

The Most Dangerous Airports in the World Are Every Adventurer’s Dream

When it comes to air travel, danger is the opposite of what most people are looking for. However, some of the world’s airports are in such precarious positions, that danger is the only option. All these airports are certainly risky to fly into, but they also offer some incredible experiences. Whether you’re looking for excitement, or just happen to be traveling to some remote locations, these 15 most dangerous airports in the world will give anyone a thrill.

1. Courchevel Airport, France

This airport in France is among the most dangerous in the world. This airport mainly services ski areas, so is situated in the mountains. Not only does this area in France experience heavy winter weather, the runway itself goes over a giant hill. You’d better hope your airplane’s brakes are working if you’re flying into this one.

2. Barra International Airport, Scotland

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    This airport in Scotland is another one of the world’s most dangerous airports. Mostly servicing a remote community, this airport requires planes to land on a sandy beach in place of a runway. However, this is only true when the tide is out, since when the tide is in, the beach is underwater. Luckily, only small, regional flights use this airstrip, but 10,000 people annually experience the thrill of landing on this remote island.

    3. Toncontin International Airport, Honduras

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      This airport in Honduras has been considered one of the most difficult, dangerous landings for a long time. This airport is located in an unusually mountainous area, with one of the world’s shortest runways. Because weather is also more unpredictable in the mountain ranges, planes must fight constant wind and complete a few sharp turns before lining up to the runway. The runway is so troublesome, that in 2008, an Airbus A320 overran the runway and the flight ended in five casualties. After the crash, a runway extension was completed adding 984 feet to the tarmac, making the total length 7,096 feet. The landing is only slightly easier now, and the unique location still requires a savvy pilot.

      4. Gibraltar International Airport, Gibraltar

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        Another airport that’s really dangerous, yet must be an experience to fly into, is the Gibraltar International Airport. This dangerous airport is a thrill because the airport runway intersects with a major highway. Every plane that goes down the runway relies on drivers obeying traffic circles to land safely. Given how often traffic problems occur elsewhere, this landing is certainly exciting.

        5. Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan

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          This airport just outside Osaka, Japan, is bordered on all sides by water. Because of high population density in Japan, the only place with enough room for an airport was on the ocean. The airport features spectacular views coming into it; however, fliers are probably too nervous about overshooting the runway to notice.

          6. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island

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            While Toncontin International Airport airport in Honduras boasts one of the world’s shortest runways, the Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport in the Caribbean is the shortest in the world. Commercial flights rarely land on this runway, as it is only 396 meters long. The only aircraft allowed to operate from this airport are certified short takeoff and landing aircraft. So while the only aircraft that are capable of landing here are smaller, the short runway still makes for a thrilling approach.

            7. Gustaf III Airport, Saint Barts

            The airport on this French island in the Caribbean is definitely among the world’s most dangerous. Another airport with an extremely short landing, this landing strip ends in a very short beach, followed by the ocean. Larger planes must land at a neighboring airport on the island of St. Martin, but smaller prop planes regularly fly between St. Barts and St. Martin. Another airport that is a truly thrilling experience.

            8. Ice Runway, Antarctica

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              The ice runway in Antarctica is the only way to land a plane on the continent. The airport has no paved runways, and planes are forced to land directly on ice. This is all in addition to some of the worst weather on the planet.

              9. Princess Juliana International Airport, Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten

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                This airport in St. Maarten is well known on YouTube for the spectacular videos of planes landing nearly close enough to tourists’ heads for people to reach up and touch the planes. The airport runway begins directly on the other side of a sandy beach, so visitors see planes pass right over them.

                10. Svalbard Airport, Svalbard, Norway

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                  This airport in Norway is the furthermost northern airport in the entire world. Another airport with a smaller landing strip, this airport experiences perilous weather hazards, as it is above the Arctic Circle.

                  11. Tenzing Hillary Airport, Nepal

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                    This airport in Nepal is notable because it’s the first stop on many climber’s journey when attempting to scale Mount Everest. Though the airport is somewhat popular, the runway terminates at the edge of a cliff. Another airport where taking off at the right time is essential.

                    12. Madeira Airport, Portugal

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                      This airport off the coast of northern Africa is surrounded by water on one side and hills on the other. In the year 2000, the runway was expanded to run about half a mile straight out into the ocean. Despite the fact that this landing strip is long enough to accommodate commercial jetliners, even if you’re not afraid of the airstrip out over the ocean, constant inclement weather and difficult wind speeds will give anyone a thrill.

                      13. Congonhas Airport, São Paulo

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                        Just miles away from the city center of São Paulo in Brazil, this airport was built in the 1930s. Because of the city’s subsequent rapid growth, the airport was almost immediately too small for the number of planes passing through it. However, city growth makes expanding the airport impossible, so pilots are forced to make hairpin turns and follow air traffic controllers’ instructions exactly in order to stay safe on the tarmac.

                        14. Matekane Air Strip, Lesotho

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                          This is another air strip that is dangerous because of the unusual approach pilots are required to execute. Another airport surrounded by mountains and the ocean, this airport requires such a tight landing that pilots have to be specially trained. The clockwise approach in place of a typical straight approach, requires special handling and an iron will.

                          15. Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong

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                            Thankfully this dangerous airport closed in 1998, but is likely still one of the scariest airports all time. The airport required a tight approach with planes just missing skyscrapers and surrounding mountains. Another airstrip that shot headlong into the harbor, this is one of the world’s most dangerous airports travelers no longer need to stomach.

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                            Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                            Boundaries are limits

                            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                            • When do you feel disrespected?
                            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                            • When do you want to be alone?
                            • How much space do you need?

                            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                            Sample language:

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                            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                            Final Thoughts

                            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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