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Are airplanes safe?

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Do you really think that an airplane is the safest form of transportation? Are you afraid of flying? If so, why or why not?

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DeborahTS

Air travel has changed so much in my lifetime that I'm not sure I will ever fly again. I'm not afraid to fly and I do believe that, generally speaking, it's the safest and fastest way to travel. However, with all the new rules and regulations, it also seems to be the most difficult option; in fact, flying has become an ordeal for many travelers. So, unless there's a family emergency or a critical health issue that requires my immediate response, I'm inclined to rely on ground-based means of transportation. At least in my car I don't have to pass through TSA checkpoints...yet.

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JC

I myself am terrified of flying. The funny thing is my dad has worked for the airline for 35 years so we have flown our whole life since we were babies. Once I actually was old enough to realize what a fear was I have grown anxiety and panic of certain things such as height and claustrophobia. I also do agree with you I will only fly if I have to otherwise driving is the only choice and least complicated.

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whiskode

For trans-continental travel that crosses vast bodies of water, like in getting from Taiwan to the U.S., I would say an airplane is far safer than any alternative means. Compared to an ocean-going vessel, half a day's flight is a much shorter time one is exposed to the mercy of the elements than a week or so of tossing and heaving in the Pacific Ocean. 

But then again, comparative safety of transportation modes can be a subjective matter especially to someone who is terrified of flying. I am not. I enjoy going to faraway places and flying to get there is a most thrilling part of the journey. 

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hemmoglobin

For someone who flew for so many times, I could say they are very safe. Technology has changed so much that the difficulties before are no longer existing. Problems do arise, but compared to the old way of solving it, people nowadays have better way of dealing with it.

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