The vast majority of people have an inherent fear of the unknown and the first time of dealing with a situation. The aviation industry has had to deal with host of unknowns and first-time incidents from 9/11:
- out of control fuel costs
- economic meltdown
- an ash cloud or two
All have significantly impacted the industry and its operators.
The aviation industry does everything it can to improve its operations from a safety perspective. Manufacturing, training and operations are now producing the safest period of aircraft operations ever. Statistically you are far more likely to be killed on your way to the airport that on the flight itself.
The risk of flying is therefore very low and it is the variety of risks to flying that are perhaps the scariest of all.
|This post was part of the special feature about Our Scariest Risks, published October 29, 2012. The feature also included these other risks:|