Last week, the New York Times published a report on airline safety that found planes come close to crashing far more frequently than previously thought. In just the last couple of months, commercial planes came close to hitting each other at least 46 times. Those close calls have also reportedly been happening more frequently, with one database showing they’ve doubled over the last decade. Understandably, people who were interviewed expressed concern that if nothing changes, it’s only a matter of time before a crash happens, and people die.
At the same time, though, the United States still has an incredible record of airline safety. About three million people fly on commercial airlines in this country every day, and over the last decade, only two people have been killed. Those deaths are still tragedies, but that’s also pretty impressive when you consider how many planes take off and land here every year. It’s also important to point out that the article had a lot of people seriously concerned even though we’re talking about the potential for plane crashes to happen, not crashes that are actually happening.
The article and its list of suggestions are longer than we can summarize here, so head over to Vox and give the whole thing a read.
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