Tragic plane accidents are frequently covered in the media because they are so tragic but so infrequent. Incidents like the Asiana tragedy obscure the fact that air travel is still the safest mode of transportation, significantly less perilous than driving a car. Here are seven compelling reasons why you should not be frightened to fly.
1. Modern planes are very safe devices. There have been many improvements made to aircraft design over the years, especially since 9/11 when safety became a major concern for everyone who flew. Modern planes are now much more aerodynamic which reduces their chance of crashing. They use more advanced technology such as GPS, autopilots, and satellite communication systems which make them much safer to fly. Planes also have an emergency system called "the full spectrum approach" which enables them to recognize problems with other components of the aircraft such as oxygen masks falling from the ceiling or passengers not wearing their seat belts and take appropriate action.
2. The odds of being killed by a plane crash are very low. It is true that there have been fatal accidents during flight but they are rare. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the total number of deaths due to domestic passenger flights has been very close to the number of survivors for almost 90 years. In 2008, there were 3,232 deaths on domestic flights which is equivalent to about 1 death per 100,000 passengers. This means that if you fly quite often you are likely to survive your trip safely.
Traveling by plane may be frightening for people of all ages and backgrounds, especially if they've never traveled before or have been through a terrible event. It is not something to be embarrassed of; it is no different from the many people's particular fears and dislikes of other things. In fact, most people feel this way about at least one type of transportation mode as well as one type of exposure to flying.
The best thing you can do is prepare yourself before your flight by reading up on the safety instructions at the airport, including any special requirements for bringing your own food or beverages on board; ask questions if you aren't sure what to do. Also, let your family and friends know where you are going and when you expect to return.
When you arrive at the airport, follow the directions given by airport staff members. If you have a car waiting for you at the other end, great! If not, there are usually taxi stands or car rental agencies available that will take you to your destination.
Either way, don't be afraid to ask questions if you're not sure what is expected of you. The people who work at the airports are there to help, and they want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience.
From the safest to the least safe
Safety. Both flying and sailing are statistically highly safe modes of international travel. In 2010, one accident occurred for every 1.6 million flights globally. Accidents on cruise ships, on the other hand, are more difficult to count. However many more people travel by ship than fly, so it is likely that the real number of accidents is significantly higher. When things go wrong on a flight or cruise ship, the results can be serious or fatal. But when things go wrong on a train or bus, they tend to be less serious.
The vast majority of travelers experience no problems while traveling by plane, boat, or rail. If you take the right precautions, there's very little chance of anything going wrong.
But just as with driving a car or taking a bus, there are risks involved in traveling by sea or air. The key is to be aware of them and take appropriate measures to avoid accidents happening.
When flying, there are several factors that may cause accidents including bad weather, mechanical failures, and human error. Pilots must be able to see clearly out of their aircraft windows to detect hazards such as mountains or buildings which might otherwise go unnoticed.
On boats, accidents can be caused by poor vessel design, crew errors, or environmental conditions.