It May Be Unpleasant, But Flying is Pretty Safe


By Tonya Garcia Comment

A report from British aviation consultancy Ascend finds that air travel is pretty safe these days, with passenger fatalities down to the lowest level since they began tracking it in 1990.

This year, there were 401 deaths on commercial and charter flights, versus 726 in 2010. That’s one for every 7.1 million passengers. There were nearly 2.9 billion passengers in 2011.

However, air travel is still a little dicey in any country ending in “stan” and in Africa due to slower aviation industry development and infrastructure in those location, according to Peter Goeltz, SVP of O’Neill and Associates and former director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

New airline tagline: Stop complaining! At least you didn’t die.

[via Overhead Bin blog]