12 Reasons Why Flying Is The Safest Way To Travel
Saturday's crash landing of Asiana Flight 214 was terrifying, disconcerting, and unfortunately fatal. But that doesn't mean you should change your travel plans.
Not only are airplanes continuously getting safer, they are also the least dangerous way to get to your destination. Everyday activities from walking to driving are still considerably more lethal.
Last year, an MIT statistics professor determined that the death risk for passengers of commercial airlines is one in 45 million flights. According to The New York Times, a traveler could fly every day for 123,000 years and still be safe.
Although travel fatality statistics are represented in a variety of formats, commercial airlines
are the safest mode of transport any way you look at it.
A recent report from the National Safety Council put the lifetime odds of dying as a pedal cyclist at 1 in 4,982.
That number jumps up to 1 in 907 on a motorcycle.
And a staggering 1 in 415 as the occupant of a car.
The odds of dying in the air are just 1 in 7,229, which includes considerably more dangerous non-commercial travel.
While buses and trains are often seen as safer travel alternatives, a 2011 report by PolitiFact found that actually air travel was the safest.
Scheduled airlines have a death rate of 0.003 fatalities per 100 million passenger miles.
In comparison, commercial buses have a fatality rate of 0.05 per 100 million passenger miles.
And passenger trains have a fatality rate of 0.06 per 100 million passenger miles.
Automobiles were again the most dangerous mode of transport included in the report, with a fatality rate of 0.61 per 100 million passenger miles.
Air travel is also safer than walking. Traffic-related pedestrian accidents account for 1.58 deaths for every 100,000 people, according to the CDC.
A study from the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing found that pedestrians were responsible for 80% of pedestrian-vehicle crashes.
Now see why people might be a little scared to fly.