There was an absolute must-read column in USA Today last week about aviation safety. I saw it when it was published but I was too busy swooning over the A380 to read it until now.
Bill McGee, an aviation expert who did some heavy-duty research for Consumer Reports, lays out some convincing ideas about risks to airline passengers’ safety. Terrorism doesn’t come in first. Outsourced aircraft maintenance does. He also has some interesting advice about increasing your odds of surviving an air disaster.
I’m always interested in the disconnect between what people fear and what threatens them the most. Obviously, I’d rather meet a poorly maintained engine than a terrorist in a dark alley. But that doesn’t mean the engine can’t kill me.