In the last three weeks I’ve been all over the map. I have no idea how many individual flights it was. I literally can’t remember. Was it 8, 13, 17, who knows? All I know is where I ended up.
But the thought occurred to me just how darn routine air travel is. You show up, you fly, you get to where you need to go. Sure there are delays and occasional customer service nightmares, but it’s statistically about 700 times safer than your drive to the airport.
We take it all for granted. The last major Western carrier to lose a plane was Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330 which fell into the Atlantic on June 1, 2009 killing 228 aboard.
In other words, for nearly eight years the airlines have a crash record of 100%. This is insane. Given the complexities involved you’d think bad things would happen all the time. Nothing ever works 100% of the time. I think even washing machines hurt more people each year.
When you really think about it, it’s pretty cool. It shows that when we’re serious, humanity can do some real awesome stuff. It’s mind boggling that it’s this way. Yet it happens. Take a moment to relish it.
safer than locking yourself in your own closet
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