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Hazmat is short for hazardous material, and refers to materials that when released can pose a danger to life, health, or the environment. These can include flammable or poisonous materials. This entry discusses how hazardous materials affect various parts of the travel and tourism industry and the measures taken to guard against danger when these materials are stored or transported.

The Airline Industry

Many passengers are unaware of what airplanes carry in their cargo holds beyond the passenger luggage that is x-rayed and screened for explosives. An aircraft that is used to carry passengers can also carry cargo or mail. From the perspective of the airline, cargo has advantages over the passenger portion of the business. Cargo does not complain, does not get upset if it misses ...

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