Originally Posted by macro
I think the one factor you're omitting with that scenario, Ltlabner, is the distance traveled in those trips. The average car trip is only a few miles, while the average air trip is hundreds of miles.
Trip for trip, I'll take your word for it as described in the quote above. But mile for mile, I would suspect that air is safer.
Good point. Then again, the average flyer makes a trip per year, or very few, anyway. While they drive nearly every day some distance.
There's all sorts of ways to measure "safety" and you can compare the safety of flying to riding a horse or taking a buss. Doesn't mean that it gives you any usefull data.
Commercial airline travel is indeed a very safe process when everything is averaged out. It's just a very thin razors edge between safe and unsafe when all the variables are honestly looked at.
I didn't realize so many people would get riled up by making a comment that hurling 350 people through the air in an aluminum tube at 500mph suspended by suction was actually, like you know, dangerous or something. Doesn't mean I wouldn't fly, or I lose any sleep over it (as noted in several of my posts), but IMO you have to be pretty nieve to think the American public's perception of "safe" can't be squewed by several news reports. Hell, Ralph Nader wiped out a entire car line with one book.