Americans have been fascinated with air travel since the Wright brothers' 1903 flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Today there are hundreds of airlines that carry millions of passengers to and from their destinations each year.
We expect these airlines to carry us safely and efficiently, and with good reason. Air travel is without question one of the safest means of travel known to man. Thousands of flights take place each day without mishap; unfortunately, that is not always the case. According to recent plane crash statistics, in the last fifteen years there have been over 100 major air disasters
that have killed
Unfortunately, the physics involved in air travel dictate that the most serious airline accidents
usually result in dozens of deaths due to unsurvivable crashes. However, many lesser accidents, such as falls and injuries from falling or unsecured objects, occur on airlines much more frequently.
There is growing concern that the popularity of air travel and the related increase in airplane traffic will only make matters worse in the coming years. With the proliferation of low budget carriers come concerns about maintenance, poor training, and aircraft age. Furthermore, rising fuel and labor costs have resulted in airlines cutting routes and packing more passengers into each flight, resulting in overburdened airline personnel and airport delays and congestion.
Increasingly, the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) is the target of criticism for not adequately regulating the industry and for relying on outdated systems and overworked flight controllers. All of these developments have many safety experts calling for regulatory airline reform.
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