Common Air Travel Myths Debunked (Part 2)

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Lots of people have fears and worries about flying – a lot of which are caused by myths that are simply not true (some of which I’ve already detailed in this article – The 6 biggest airline myths debunked).

Chris Rodell from has also written a piece on the subject and offers some new insights (based on his research).

Two of the biggest myths he exposed were these:

“Myth: Chances of surviving an airplane crash are slim”
“False. Chang cites a National Transportation Safety Board study from 1983-2000 that found that 95.7 percent of passengers in plane crashes during those years survived the incident. “In fact, there hasn’t been a fatality on a commercial aircraft since 2009,” he said.”

“Myth: You have nothing to fear from impulsive mad men intent on opening the emergency exit mid-flight”
“True. Emergency doors are designed to open inwards before opening outwards. The tremendous pressure differential between the cabin and the outside air makes this impossible. “In fact,” Chang said, “the higher the plane goes, the tighter the seal.”

Great work Chris!


Related posts:

  1. 6 of the Biggest Airline Myths Debunked
  2. Air Travel for Unaccompanied Minors

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