It is widely accepted that flying in an airplane is significantly safer than driving in an automobile, but this fact is derived from a misuse of statistics. Most people point to the overall number of airplane related deaths as compared to the number of automobile deaths. However, since people spend exponentially more time on the road than they spend in the air, this type of comparison says nothing of the relative safety of each. Though it’s true that the odds of dying in an automobile in the span of a lifetime are drastically higher than the odds of dying in an airplane, if the question is phrased differently, we find that for every hour spent in the air compared to every hour spent on the road, an individual is equally likely (that is to say, equally unlikely) to be killed. This speaks as much to the safety of modern automobiles as it does to the dangers of air travel; in the end, both forms of transportation are extremely safe.
It is widely accepted that flying in an airplane is significantly safer than driving in an automobile, but this fact is derived from a misuse of statistics. Most people point to the overall number of airplane related deaths as compared to the number of automobile deaths. However, since people spend exponentially more time on the road than they spend in the air, this type of comparison says nothing of the relative safety of each. Though it’s true that the odds of dying in an automobile in the span of a lifetime are drastically higher than the odds of dying in an airplane, if the question is phrased differently, we find that for every hour spent in the air compared to every hour spent on the road, an individual is equally likely (that is to say, equally unlikely) to be killed. This speaks as much to the safety of modern automobiles as it does to the dangers of air travel; in the end, both forms of transportation are extremely safe.
 
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