Last month, I was in LA when a lightning strike killed a young man on Venice Beach. That tragedy was another example of, “You just never know,” and you can’t choose when you die. And it made me think of those three airplane accidents last month.
There’s always a percentage of fliers who board a plane nervously–a quarter to a third of passengers on any given plane are a bit afraid of flying. They wonder if maybe Lord Kelvin, president of the Royal Society of London, that gathering of the world’s preeminent scientists, wasn’t right when he wrote in 1876, “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”
We not only know Lord Kelvin was flat wrong, but did you know that more people died in the US from falling out of bed last year—400—than died worldwide in air crashes. That more people—300—drown in a bathtub every year. And that’s 300 more people than have died as airline passengers in the last four-and-a-half years flying aboard US carriers.
Airline safety has come a long way since 1985 when aviation accidents killed almost 2,500 people. Fly without worry. But drive very carefully—that’s what kills 30,000 Americans a year.