Safety banners flew high for U.S. airlines in 2010

The headline “Commercial aircraft deaths worldwide up 15 percent” gets attention, but, for most of us, flying is safer than almost any time in history.

U.S. airlines, in 2010, did not lose a single human passenger.

Flying is safer than driving, especially if a plane lands on you while you are driving.

Flying is safer than driving, especially if a plane lands on you while you are driving.

The Associated Press reports accident rates were lowest in the former Soviet republics and North America, followed by North Asia and Europe. Rates were higher than the world average in the Asia-Pacific region, Middle East-North Africa and Latin America-Caribbean.

The highest rate was in Africa, where airlines accounted for 2 percent of worldwide passenger traffic but 23 percent of serious accidents.

That’s even worse than I-285 at rush hour.

6 comments Add your comment

Quintavius Jones

February 23rd, 2011
7:07 pm

Just another thing that the American airlines have failed at.

Oscar Llewellyn

February 23rd, 2011
7:33 pm

Clearly you don’t drive 85 or 400 very much.

Steve in Conyers

February 23rd, 2011
7:38 pm

The TSA has ruined air travel. They haven’t prevented any act of terrorism since they have existed, so they don’t have a failure rate but I wouldn’t exactly say that means they do a good job.


February 23rd, 2011
10:21 pm

Another reason I’m glad I’m not African.


February 24th, 2011
9:03 am

Don’t knock TSA agents until you’ve walked an entire terminal in their shoes. Do you know what it’s like to have to lift folds of fat on a 450 pound fat ass just to see if they are trying to conceal a weapon only to find rotten crumbs of food that were probably eaten a year ago? What about pretending that you didn’t see the gargantuan dildo that the just went through the x-ray machine? Try not laughing then. All I got to say is that I quit when we have to do body cavity searches.

Dirt Poor

February 24th, 2011
12:50 pm

I can’t afford health insurance anymore. So now when I go through the x-ray machine @ Hartsfield I do a couple of slow turns and ask them if they see anything.