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Thread: Are you afraid to travel by plane after all the crashes?

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    Are you afraid to travel by plane after all the crashes?

    Three crashes already in 2014. The latest was today with the crash of Air Algerie plane above Mali. All this is making more reluctuntant travel by plane. Did the recent crashed change your perception of aire travel security?

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    I was always frightened of air travel, this because I was involved in the near crash of a plane in Florida in 1990. It took me many years before I was able to fly again without being heavily sedated. The real problem with air travel is you are simply not in control of the situation. When you are behind the wheel of a car you control the situation for the most part. In a plane you have no control. You cede your life destiny to third parties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver View Post
    I was always frightened of air travel, this because I was involved in the near crash of a plane in Florida in 1990. It took me many years before I was able to fly again without being heavily sedated. The real problem with air travel is you are simply not in control of the situation. When you are behind the wheel of a car you control the situation for the most part. In a plane you have no control. You cede your life destiny to third parties.
    If I were involved in a near plane crash, then I would have never been able to fly again. On my last trip, there was a freezing rain when our plane landed. I was very nervous about it and the plane did some skating. Though, when I am in the air I try to get all the crash scenarios out of my mind. It is true that we just trust our lives with the pilot when we board on a plane.

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    I've been through some pretty "hairy" take-offs and landings over the span of my career. Stuff that makes your asshole twitch pretty good...but I've always found one thing to be true...when your number is up...it's up.
    There is fuck all you can do about it...so just sit back and enjoy the ride...even if it's your last.
    Now that I am no longer an employee of the Canadian Government, and fly commercially, I still have the same philosophy.

    Having said that, and having willing jumped out of aircraft hundreds of times...I will say this...

    If a plane is on it's way down...I would definitely jump out...even without a parachute. Chances of surviving a fall, even onto terra firma, are a lot better at terminal velocity than they are at mach one in a tin can full of razor blades.

    Just my two cents.

    Out.

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    Here is another thing to worry about- your fellow passenger is making terrorist threats, forcing a SWAT team to board the plane in Toronto:

    http://us.cnn.com/2014/07/25/world/t...html?hpt=hp_t2

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    If you're gonna be dumb...you better be tough.

    That idiot found out the hard way that EVERY comment is taken seriously nowadays.

    Put him in jail...and forget about him.

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    Boy....

    I take it you subscribe to the "Guilty until proven innocent" approach

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    And to comment on the topic question....

    I travel a lot on business all over the world.
    Had a few close calls but that doesn't make me any more afraid travelling on a plane.
    Never had any fear and a few plane crashes don't change that.
    I figure one's time on this earth is up when it's up - if I happen to be in a plane when that time comes - so be it.

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    All transport that doesnt include earth...i hate and i am more afraid....plane..even train.....and also boat.. btw .that is remind me about the last trip i did took on a cruise ship for the caraibes...it was when the HAITI heartquake happen...we did for a couple of hours got shaking a lot=even a lot of people did throw up and the captain said that it was the rest of the heartquake that we did caught...and damn let me tell you... i was feeling reallyyyyyyyyyyy small..cause the only way out is the water...so no thank you... but the more scaryyyy.. i have to say is the airplane for ME....i did took it once to make to the cruise ship and didnt enjoy that much either lolll..but seriously with all that happen..i dont gonna go to those country..and try my luck...hell no..
    Donner une deuxième chance a quelqu'un qui ta trahi c'est comme donner une deuxième balle a quelqu'un qui ta manqué!!!

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    Of course I worry about it. But when I'm sitting on the plane, I try my best not to think of it.

    I also try to book seats towards the end of the aircraft because statistically this is the safer place. I know, I know, this doesn't help too much if a crash does happen, but at least I've done my part.

    I also have trust in others. Thank God that (again statistically) Canada's pilots and maintenance crews are among the best in the world.

    So just fly when I have to fly, and then try to keep myself busy on the plane by eating, drinking, reading, sleeping...

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    Michael99...

    "Guilty until proven innocent" ??

    Please tell me you are joking!

    That asshole yelled on a full aircraft...in flight...that he wanted to bomb Canada.

    If I had been on that flight...he wouldn't have gotten off so easily.

    I take the security and safety of my country VERY seriously.

    You're welcome.

    Out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTF2 View Post

    That asshole yelled on a full aircraft...in flight...that he wanted to bomb Canada.
    Where did you read that?
    Any credible source?

    I didn't see anything specific about what he said - the only info was that he may be mentally challenged.

    In a way I find that the authorities overreacted - not the part of turning the plane around and landing as quickly as possible, but what was the point of the fighter jets - the aircraft wasn't being hijacked and if there had been a bomb on board that exploded in mid air they couldn't have done anything anyway.
    And then the SWAT team - good grief.......

    The guy is out on $1000 bail right now - that should tell you something about what the judge thought in this case.

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    I was in counter terrorism for 20 years...and am still very close to the guys on the "teams."

    My sources will be closer to the truth than any news article that civilians will ever read.

    He is out on bail...for a reason. Don't kid yourself...our Government is pretty crafty and has reasons for everything they do...operationally speaking.

    The jets were not Canadian...they were American...and were given permission to escort all the way back to Pearson. Operationally it was easier and more convenient.

    He may go to jail...he may not...but I guarantee that he will serve a purpose to the Government either way.

    The world is not a nice place...fortunately...most people don't get to see the dark side of it.

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    I would not fly in europe at the moment for sure... never know when some assholes gonna fire a missile and take down the plane. But flying from canada to us, i would... Flying is more secured than driving in a car...

    I got to agree tough, even not counting the bombed plane, thats a lot to crash lately... the one that disapeared in march and i think there is 2 others right that crashed due to weather problems?
    Life is a party ! Death is the Hangover.. 70-49-6

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