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I am feeling awkward on long flight!
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Sunday, 10 April 2011 04:16

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 takes off from Narita Airport, Japan

Hi Captain,

Me and my hubby are planning an European vacation... so, we'll be flying Turkish Airlines from Singapore to Rome via Istanbul. The problem is that I just saw an article stating that Turkish Airlines have 14 crashes in record, whereby the most recent incident was in 2009!!!

We have always been awkward on flights (the last one being a 4.5 hours flight)... so, I simply can't put my thoughts to ease when I think about all the possibilities... 11 hours to Istanbul... as much as I look forward for the vacation...

Still very, very awkward

Please help!!!

Thanks a bunch...


Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 from Changi to Rome

Hi Zoe,

I know why you feel awkward about flying – this is because of your hidden fear of air travel – please read “I am so scared to fly…” see here.

I repeat - everything we do in life involves some level of risks and that flying is just one of those small risks. I hope you will digest what is written in my answer to the above topic.

I quote an article from my friend in the USA, Robert J. Boser, editor of AirlineSafety.Com, who wrote,

"I guess the most important thing I can say is that news headlines have nothing to do with actual risk. If you judge your risk of injury or death by the latest headlines in the news media, you will always have much more fear than is justified by statistical reality.

The size and repetitions of such articles has no correlation to the actual risk of being involved in such accidents. The intense competition for market share in all forms of the media seems to dictate that certain types of stories receive more frequent front-page exposure. The general public, hearing such stories time and time again, begin to believe -- apparently without thoughtful analysis -- that media repetition correlates to actual risk. It doesn't.

MIT professor, Arnold Barnett, a statistical expert in the field of aviation safety, researched the New York Times front page stories, for the period of 1988 and 1989, and found:

"1.7 murder stories for every 1,000 homicides, 2.3 AIDS stories for every 1,000 AIDS deaths, .02 cancer stories for every 1,000 cancer deaths and 138.2 plane crash stories for every 1,000 airplane deaths." (Catherine Trevison, of The Oregonian, Feb. 6, 2000, edition)

Barnett, judges the actual risk of one person being involved in a fatal airline accident, to be once every 19,000 years, provided he flew on an airliner once each day of those 19,000 years. He bases that estimate on what actually happened in the domestic U.S., during the 1990s.

Trevison ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) also notes that:

"Measured in deaths per mile, American commercial airline flights are 22 times safer than car travel. More people die in three months of traffic accidents than in 40 years on commercial jets. More Americans die each year falling from ladders, drowning in bathtubs and freezing to death than by flying."

Thus, fear of flying is based on emotions, not rationality. "

If it makes you feel any less awkward, you have a choice of flying in a better airline from Singapore direct non-stop to Rome such as Singapore Airlines or perhaps Alitalia...

I wish you and hubby a happy flight to Rome alt.


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