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Holiday travel: Is it safe to fly?

It hasn’t been a good month for the air travel industry. Every few days brought with it bad news that should make even the most seasoned traveler think twice before boarding a plane. Reports of air cargo bombs, fuselages ripping apart, and engine failures should make Amtrak and the family van much more appealing.

You would think. But the data shows that air travelers are a surprisingly resilient bunch. In fact, the Air Transport Association reports that bookings around the Thanksgiving holiday are expected to be up 3.5 percent over 2009. Do air travelers have their heads in the clouds or are they seeing clear skies? Consider these statistics:

Despite the headlines, the data shows that air travel is still the safest way to get from point A to point B. Sure, the airline industry does has its problems. It’s a little ridiculous when a senior citizen with a walker has to stop and take their shoes off to be inspected. We need to deal with these issues.

But on the principle issue of airline safety, traveling by air has never been safer despite the determined efforts of terrorists and the inevitability of Murphy’s Law.

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What do you think? Do you feel safe traveling the skies? Tell me about it in a comment on this post.

1 Comment

  1. Yup, I feel safe flying. Always have. I have to trust the pilot and tower crew to know what they are doing. They go through a lot of training to do those jobs. Heck, I have no choice but to trust all of the drivers of road vehicles. And from what I can see, they will give anyone a driver’s license.

    I am certain that the passengers on that hole in the fuselage flight were terrified during the incident. But, look on the bright side, you live to tell the tale…and what a tale it is.


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