AsPopular Science reminds us, flying is actually the safest way to travel, statistically speaking—but now, even airline flight crews are worried about boarding the Boeing 737 Max when it is finally cleared to take off again next March.
By that time, fleets of Boeing aircraft worldwide will have been grounded for a year, following two crashes that killed a total of 346 people.
“I will tell you that I hear from flight attendants every day, and they’re begging me not to make them go back up in that plane,” Lori Bassani, the president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, said, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Airlines and staff are suing the plane manufacturer over lost wages from the plane’s grounding.
“It’s not our only aircraft, so our people didn’t really lose wages,” she told the Dallas Business Journal. “Their schedules were changed and they were impacted, but they could always get another flight on another airplane.”
More than half of Americans (68%) feel safer either driving or taking a commercial flight (66%) than taking an Amtrak train, based on findings of a Harris Poll conducted early in February among 1,003 adults nationwide.
Crashes, derailments and other safety issues have discouraged customers from traveling by train, the polling organization reports: On February 6, a Boston-bound Amtrak Acela train came apart after leaving D.C.’s Union Station and; only two days before, a Miami-bound Amtrak train collided with a freight train, killing two crew members—the fourth deadly crash in only two months.
Indeed, 70% of those familiar with the accidents believe they are safer driving their own vehicle than taking to the rails; while nearly half (48%) of them feel safer taking a bus than an Amtrak train.
The data also showed that one-third of Americans (33%) feel less safe taking an Amtrak train today than in the past; and those familiar with the latest accidents are more than four times more likely than those who are not/not very familiar to feel this way (41% versus 9%).