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Air Travel Safer Than Ever

Air Travel Safer Than EverAir Travel Safer Than Ever

When a plane crashes, the aftermath is horrific and can often lead to a fear of flying. However, air travel is one of the safest forms of travel and new technology and safety protocols have made it even safer.

“In spite of a series of high-profile incidents making headlines since 2014 – from the AirAsia Flight 8501 tragedy to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 – air travel safety is improving,” reported Liz Weiss for US News & World Report.

“We see a continuing improvement in safety performance over time,” said Rudy Quevedo, the director of safety for IATA.

Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst for Atmosphere Research Group, told the publication that “nowadays, planes are better designed and constructed with improved engines, translating to heightened reliability and fewer failures.”

While fear of flying is common, it’s not entirely justified. In comparison to the number of flights taking off every day, there are relatively few incidents. And airlines take seriously the task of ensuring that each plane makes it to its destination safely.

According to Tom Bunn, a former commercial pilot, “when Boeing was designing the 777, engineer Todd Curtis led a team to think of everything that could possibly go wrong. After listing every risk, he directed another team to develop a way to get the plane safely on the ground in every case,” he said.