Contrary to Press Reports, Not Every Airplane is Unsafe

Recent media reports might make it seem like the sky is falling; as if every airplane you encounter may be unsafe. Just over the last few days, we’ve seen a rash of very public maintenance issues:

It’s a pretty long and scary list, huh? Well, let me just say this.

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You still shouldn’t worry about flying on any of these airlines. Many of these things have to do with record keeping issues. It’s usually just double checking something that’s already been addressed, and I haven’t heard of any major problems discovered in any of these inspections so far.

Now that the FAA has been scared into action after they messed up the whole Southwest debacle, they need to look like they’re doing good things. (And to be honest, they are, I think.) The carriers are going to comply as quickly as possible with this stepped up oversight. This can only be good, because it’ll clear out the cobwebs. I’m not expecting to see any major safety issues come out of this.

So, now that we have that out of the way, let’s discuss this from the perspective of someone flying this week. You guys might want to panic. Ok, ok. Panic is a little strong, but all of these checks are causing a ton of canceled flights. If you’re booked on an MD-80/90 type aircraft (also known as Super 80 in American’s marketing speak), you might want to rethink your travel plans while the airlines scramble to get these checks done.

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Master of Space and Time

I wish we could know the truth about AntiGravity !

A flight with a flying saucer would be so easy, safe, clean
fast and silent !

A perfect flight !

Bryan in San Francisco
Bryan in San Francisco

No, Master, the answer is “Air Pods,” direct and permanent ski lift type connections between every major city bringing people slowly but securely to their destination. Like Amtrak only cooler.


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Yes, let’s put everything in perspective. Flying commercial airlines is still very safe. It’s a heck of a lot safer than driving your own car on the highways, statistically speaking.

sallyann mathers
sallyann mathers

I am definitely never flying on those airlines again, period. But, you can feel welcome to. We each get a choice and I have made mine. SEE YA.


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