While the Daily Beast did compile a list of the airlines with the worst safety records there were many other observations worth noting.
Mile-for-mile, airplane travel is the safest mode of transportation, and America (and I will easily include Canada) arguably has the safest air traffic system in the world.
“A kid who goes to the airport today is more likely to grow up to be president than die on a flight he or she takes today,” said Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Arnold Barnett, who studies airline safety. “The risk is on the order of one in 25 million.”
Fatalities are very rare. For example:
The last fatal commercial airline crash was in 2009, when a Colgan Air flight operating with the Continental logo on its tail crashed outside Buffalo, killing 50.
Airlines tend not to fall out of the sky these days without terrorist assistance but it is noted that in 2001, an American Airlines flight crashed into a residential Queens neighborhood, killing 265.
But, it is important to note that air crashes do not always mean fatalities.
“It’s clear from federal investigations that when air safety is compromised, which is not often, passengers and crew are much more likely to suffer contusions and broken bones than lose their lives,” according to the Daily Beast.
Here’s what they said about airlines with not so good safety records.
—SkyWest Airlines (operating as Delta Connection, United Express, Air Tran) had the No. 1 accident ranking. There were several reports of close calls.
—They were followed by US Airways and Atlantic Southeast Airlines (operating as Delta Connection, United Express).
The rankings are complicated and included various elements and need to be viewed with at least some overview that the airlines do try to do a good job of safety but perhaps need additional attention.
And The Daily Beast pointed out that past performance is no indicator of future flights.
Not in this report but still a fact for all those first class passengers.
There used to be this sick joke circulate that went ‘I always sit in the back rows of an airplane because who ever heard of an airplane flying tail first into a mountain.’
It turns out the basis of the joke is true.
Apparently in airline mishaps there are fewer injuries sustained in the back rows than in the front.
So let’s all save our money and go with the cheap seats at the rear of the cabins.