Flying is still the safest way to travel

by United Stripes
27th March 2014
Flying is still the safest way to travel

Next time you have an terrified passenger on board, tell them this and they will be reassured.

As a pilot or flight attendant, you know that flying is the safest way of transportation. There just seems to be no way to convince your scared passengers. Until now. Memorise these figures and you will ease even the most anxious pax!


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.

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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.

1 in 749 as a pedestrian.

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.

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.

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