How safe is air travel this time around? This is probably the most common questions that people, especially the parents, are asking to themselves or to other people as well. Unless you’ve avoided television and the Internet entirely over the past few months, it has been almost impossible not to be aware of the recent dramatic and tragic airplane crashes.
For the past years, there are cases of airline crashes and incidents that has not been a good one for major aircraft accidents. Details of such crashes are unsettling and full of sorrow that troubles people especially the parents of children who are working or traveling abroad all the time.
The Comparative Safety of Flying
When you delve into some hardcore statistics, it emerges that you are eight to nine times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident while driving than while flying and 2.5 – 5 times more likely on your drive to the airport than on the flight. So you are almost 70 times more likely to die of poisoning than in an air accident, and 12 times more likely to die while walking.
Further, airline safety experts believe that the industry is likely to maintain and even improve these statistics as technology improves, older fleets are replaced and developing regions such as parts of Asia strive to match the air safety record of Europe and the United States.
Overcoming Fear of Flying
Limit your media exposure – or in other words, you need to least understand the effects of media and not just jump to conclusions when you see an airline incident. The barrage of media coverage imprints an aircraft accident on our minds, increasing our sense of the danger involved while the majority of automobile fatalities go unreported.
Trust the pilot always – this is very important because they are trained to do their job right and that is to take their passengers safe and secure. Add the fact that many professional pilots learned to handle a plane by flying upside down and sideways in the Air Force, and you are in very good hands.
Always be prepared – Even when there are issues with a specific pilot, air traffic control is a very active participant in the minute-to-minute conduct of a flight. If you still can’t rest easy knowing that the numbers are overwhelmingly on your side, perhaps having a plan will help you. Also, see the technology for yourself before deciding on something that you might regret in the end.
There are a bunch of good reasons many of us remain wary of air travel, and none of them is because of what we saw in the internet or with media and other things. Second, studies of various types of fear have largely concluded that the fear of any activity or possibility is rarely overcome by reading statistics and lots of rational thought. You need to realise everything personally before you judge the fact that traveling in air is safe. It all depends on how you manage and react to everything around you.