Monday, February 11, 2013

Are you safer on a plane?

Pam and I are not keen to try cruising holidays but of course we are frequent flyers going back and forth to the UK to visit friends and relatives. So are we safer in the air than we would be on a ship?

One of the first things they do on any flight is to give you the safety instructions about what to do in the event of an accident. It is noticeable that most of the information is about what would happen if you came down over water. That would be useful if you were on a transatlantic flight to say New York but on a flight from Alicante to Manchester, apart form a brief excursion over the Mediterranean as you leave the airport, the only stretch of water that you cross is the English Channel.

They don’t tell you what would happen if you came down over land. I think we all know why! 

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