Originally Posted by Boston Red
Until flying becomes demonstrably less safe than driving, I'll have no second thoughts hopping on a plane.
And when there are as many airline flights as automobiles on the highway at any given time then such a comparison will make sense.
I love to fly, do it all the time. Would never consider not flying. Have an extensive library on commerical airliners and what causes them to stop doing what they do so well.
But if the average flyer knew the average age of the fleet, the huge number of things that can go wrong on any given aircraft, and how maintenance procedures can sometimes get very "creative" I think it would give people pause.