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Originally posted by InertiaZero
I dont fly unless I have to.
Unfortunately, with hobbies like moutain climbing and survival camping, Im quite screwed.
If I can find a way around it, then yes. I will fly less. But it's still easier to get to Denali by air, than by land/sea travel.
Originally posted by Sean48
The Missus and I have been talking about a trip down south lately.
Somewhere warm, but in these "high alert" times , I definitely will make sure
it won't have a Stop over in the US.
Will these new measures deter anyone from taking a "optional " trip,
or will other modes of travel be looked at.
These possible "body searches" may make the Train look a lot better.
Odds of being on an airline flight which results in at least one fatality:
Top 25 airlines with the best records --- 1 in 8.47 million
Bottom 25 with the worst records --- 1 in 830,428
Odds of being killed on a single airline flight
Top 25 airlines with the best records --- 1 in 13.57 million
Bottom 25 with the worst records --- 1 in 1.13 million
You're more likely to die of a car accident, drowning, fire, or murder
Ronald Bailey | August 11, 2006
Yesterday, British authorities broke up an alleged terror plot to blow up as many as ten commercial airliners as they flew to the United States. In response, the Department of Homeland Security upped the alert level on commercial flights from Britain to "red" and boosted the alert to "orange" for all other flights. In a completely unscientific poll, AOL asked subscribers: "Are you changing your travel plans because of the raised threat level?" At mid-afternoon about a quarter of the respondents had said yes. Such polls do reflect the kinds of anxieties terrorist attacks, even those that have been stymied, provoke in the public.
Your lifetime odds of dying of a particular cause are calculated by dividing the one-year odds by the life expectancy of a person born in that year. For example, in 2003 about 45,000 Americans died in motor accidents out of population of 291,000,000. So, according to the National Safety Council this means your one-year odds of dying in a car accident is about one out of 6500. Therefore your lifetime probability (6500 ÷ 78 years life expectancy) of dying in a motor accident are about one in 83.
What about your chances of dying in an airplane crash? A one-year risk of one in 400,000 and one in 5,000 lifetime risk. What about walking across the street? A one-year risk of one in 48,500 and a lifetime risk of one in 625. Drowning? A one-year risk of one in 88,000 and a one in 1100 lifetime risk. In a fire? About the same risk as drowning. Murder? A one-year risk of one in 16,500 and a lifetime risk of one in 210. What about falling? Essentially the same as being murdered. And the proverbial being struck by lightning? A one-year risk of one in 6.2 million and a lifetime risk of one in 80,000. And what is the risk that you will die of a catastrophic asteroid strike? In 1994, astronomers calculated that the chance was one in 20,000. However, as they've gathered more data on the orbits of near earth objects, the lifetime risk has been reduced to one in 200,000 or more...
I am concerned about certain new technological issues being incorporated into latest generation aircraft...
...and the removal from many pilots of the ability to intervene manually...
... through either technological or knowledge/skill barriers/deficiencies...
Originally posted by weedwhacker
I suggest allowing plenty of time. Planning ahead. Consider joining an airline lounge program (expensive) or, you can look into access on a trip-by-trip basis --- some airlines charge around $50 for a day pass to the lounges. Get there early, beat the security rush, relax in the lounge with an adult beverage.....
Almost civilized, that way!
Originally posted by weedwhacker
But, if "terror" is the intended goal, then this "one hour" insanity isn't going to do one heck of anything, is it?