Has Tension Increased For Air Travelers?


By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV )

Aviophobia: the fear of flying.
Some people have no problem getting on an airplane.

Steven Smith from Washington explains, "I’m not really too concerned about it, it seems like a fluke accident and those things are so rare that it’s not going to affect how I travel."

Others know someone who is afraid of flying.

Ray Miller of Nebraska notes his wife has trouble flying. He explains, “she's a horrible flyer. It’s white knuckle from the day she buys the ticket. She’s so terrified to begin with I don't think she could get more terrified.”

And then there are people who wouldn't step foot on a plane.

Jerry Williams of Iowa adds he doesn’t like to fly, saying there is “no control. I know they say it’s safer but I don't handle that point of view.”

Airport manager Bill Carberry says at the Magic Valley Regional Airport every possible safety precaution is taken when it comes to travelers.

Carberry explains, “we operate with very strict standards of maintenance. We've got formal snow and ice control, formal firefighting and rescue response so we're regulate and we follow strict protocols.”

On average, the U.S. Department of Transportation found that air carriers account for 138 deaths a year among the general population.
Meanwhile, more than 3,600 deaths are caused by motor vehicle accidents.

Carberry adds, "flying is very safe statistically. It’s probably your safest form of travel. Your ride out to the airport is probably the most dangerous part of your trip."

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