Air travel is still the safest way to get from A to B – but are the rumors you’ve heard true? Here are the facts vs. myths, according to specialist surveys!
Air Travel Myths Dispelled By Paid Surveys
According to leading aviation experts, there are several myths lurking around that simply aren’t true, which may contribute to people’s uncertainty about taking to the skies. A meta-analysis of many online surveys, safety survey, and interviews with air experts revealed what are ‘scare stories’ and what actually is based on fact. Here are the rather interesting results!
Online Survey Myths About Flying Safety
According to those who share their thoughts in opinion polls, the number one fear comes from the risk of crashing. However, despite some well publicised (rare) incidents, air travel is the safest form of transport in the world. This remains true: in the UK, less than one flight in 300,000 had an accident, and only one in 3,000,000 was fatal. So, yes, it is safe – and statistically, a fear of flying is therefore irrational. Apparently.
Another popular myth is that lightning could strike the plane in flight and cause a crash. According to surveys, planes get struck regularly, but an airplane has not been downed by lightning since 1967. All airplanes have to pass safety tests which prove that, if they are struck by lightning, the current simply flows through the exterior of the plane. So don’t be too nervous next time you fly through a storm as this is indeed a myth.
Some say they fear the cabin door being opened mid-flight, meaning you’ll be sucked out. This is another myth. The cabin is so highly pressurized that opening the doors when the plane is at cruising altitude is pretty much impossible. So don’t worry next time someone leans up against the doors whilst waiting for the loo.
One myth which often does the rounds is that the air in the cabin is filthy and full of germs. This is also a myth. In truth, the air is so heavily filtered it carries far fewer germs than most public crowded places. There are also underfloor filters to capture airborne microbes on board. Caught a cold after being on an airplane? Fact – don’t blame the air in the plane – health and safety surveys say it’s much more likely to be a dirty tray table, many blanket or mucky luggage which makes you ill. Stay well by packing the anti-bac.
Online Survey Facts About Flying
Several safety surveys have shown that in the unlikely chance of a plane ‘incident’, there are safer places to sit statistically. Fact: If you sit at the rear of the plane you stand a 40% higher chance of survival than those at the front (good news people like me who look over at first class enviously), and the chances are even better in the rear middle and aisle seats.
Feeling thirsty? Don’t drink airplane tap water. Fact. An online survey in the US found that the water in 1 out of every 7 planes did not meet safety standards. Maybe it is OK to drink wine instead then?!
If so – FACT – you don’t get drunk more quickly at altitude. This has been tried and tested and there is nothing scientific to support the idea that you get drunk faster when you’re at a cruising altitude. It’s possibly due to the availability of drinks (and boredom) which makes people drink more. But beware of over-indulgence – dehydration will make hangovers worse.
So there we have it – a few facts and myths uncovered. Enjoy your next flight – you’re in very safe hands – just don’t forget to keep washing YOURS after touching that tray table.