(1) Flying is dangerous
Yes of course, everything you do has some aspect of danger and risk to it. However, flying is not as bad as you think. According to the Washington Post, flying is the safest form of travel. The most risky form of transport is by motorcycle, which is more than 3,000 times more deadly than flying. Travelling in a car or truck is about 100 times more dangerous, while taking the train is twice as deadly as flying.
Many may also wonder if the skies are getting more dangerous. They may ask themselves whether 2014 is trending toward one of the deadliest years in aviation history. However, according to CNN, experts say no, don’t be nervous. Just look carefully at the big picture. The world has recently experienced the safest overall period in aviation history. The number of yearly deaths and major plane crashes worldwide have been dropping for decades.
(2) Airplanes are unharmed after being struck by lightening
True! Airplanes are struck by lightening more often then you think. According to pilots, when an airplane is struck by lightening, it remains unharmed. According to CNN, “aircraft design allows lightning bolts to be safely redirected and fuselage structure and industrial-grade insulation acts as a super-conductive lightning rod that re-channels lightning around and away from customers and crew and out into the ground via the landing gear.”
(3) The air on planes is full of germs
Disgusting, infected, germ-laden, germ-ridden, repulsive, fart-filled are just a few of the adjectives used to describe the air we breath on airplanes. In reality though, the air is very clean. On all modern aircrafts, passengers breath a mixture of fresh and recirculated air, which helps maintain humidity and temperature levels. All this air is run through filters before being circulated into the cabin.
The most unsanitary place on the airplane is the tray table. When the aircraft is cleaned a turned around for it’s next flight the tray tables typically do not get wiped down. The bathrooms on the other hand are cleaned frequently, making them much cleaner then the tray table from which you eat your snack (yikes!).
(4) You can bring outside food through security and onto the plane
Working as a flight attendant taught me how to pack a lunch. The food on airplanes, as most travelers are aware, is far from delicious and packed full with preservatives and sodium. I recommend that if you are traveling long distances, you bring your own food onto the airplane.
You can bring food through security, as long as it is not in liquid form, of course. However, you cannot bring food through immigration – there is a difference. When passing through security, there are no restrictions on food, rather they are looking for unsafe objects and liquids. Typically, passengers will go through immigration once they reach their destination and at this point you should not be carrying fresh food items with you. So, next time you travel feel free to pack a lunch and eat it on the plane!
(5) You have to remove all electronics from your bag at security
Untrue! When passing through security in North America you only have to remove your laptop. Not your iPad, cellphone, e-reader, or camera. When traveling in Europe the rules change however and you need to remove your laptop and iPad as both are considered “computers”.