Aviation Safety: Is Flying Safer than Driving?
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This paper presents the debate that flying is a safer option than driving long distances even though there is relatively little chance of survival in midair airplane mishaps. Next, the author presents statistics that indicate that flying is indeed safer than driving because of conditions, such as driver fatigue compared to flying passengers who do not need to concentrate to be safe. The paper explains that some of the main factors in the perception of flying being less safe than driving is the fear of flying, superstition and the relinquishment of control while flying.
From the Paper:"In refuting the argument for airline safety, Jones (2003) responds to the Sivak and Flannagan article by pointing out that flight and driving safety could be viewed from more points of view than the distance traveled or the number of passengers taking the particular mode of transport. Jones considers, for example, the time spend in either mode of transportation. An hour of flying, for example, covers a much greater distance than an hour in a motor vehicle. Hence, while a comparable distance may be safer to travel by aircraft, the comparable time may not. Furthermore, statistics could be skewed by a number of factors, including the probability of crashes incurred by a lack of maintenance and other unforeseen factors. At its basis, the point is that statistics could be a very unreliable predictor of future flight safety as opposed to car safety.
"When addressing this point, one must keep in mind that the statistics are very revealing indeed. Although they used vastly different methods, and addressed the issues at different times (2001 and 2009 respectively), the article by Sivak and Flannagan and the one by Thompson have in common that road accident fatalities are many times higher than flight fatalities. It is unlikely that the time traveled will affect these statistics on any significant level."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Blalock, G., Kadiyali, V., and Simon, D.H. (2005, Dec. 5). Driving Fatalities After 9/11: A Hidden Cost of Terrorism. Retrieved from: http://dyson.cornell.edu/faculty_sites/gb78/wp/fatalities_120505.pdf
- Jones, P. (2003). Letter to the Editors: Flying Versus Driving. American Scientist. Retrieved from: http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/id.391,y.2003,no.3,content.true,page.1,css.print/issue.aspx
- Kersten, M. (2011). How Did Aviation Change the Travel Experience? Grin Verlag.
- Sivak, M. and Flannagan, M. (n.d.) Flying and Driving after the September 11 Attacks. American Scientist. Retrieved from: https://www.americanscientist.org/issues/issue.aspx?id=3312&y=0&no=&content=true&page=2&css=print
- Thompson, A. (2009, Jun 1). Flying is Safer Than Ever. Live Science. Retrieved from: http://www.livescience.com/5483-flying-safer.html
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