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|The shock waves from the Spanair tragedy continue to reverberate, but many in the airline industry are working to reassure passengers and potential travellers that flying is still one of the safest ways to travel (according to the World Health Organisation 127,000 people die a year in Europe in road accidents). Sepla, the Spanish pilots association have issued firm statements in support of Spanair saying “Spanair planes and flights are absolutely safe and comply with all operational security standards”. But confidence in flying has taken something of a knock. So how can airlines work to reassure passengers that it is still safe to fly? |
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|Carmen and Julian, Barcelona|
We think travelling by plane is still the safest way, even with Spanair. It is more dangerous to drive your car or even cross the street. The point is that everybody tries to save money, so they minimise technical checks. We are doing the same with our car, waiting to take it to the garage to save money. The difference is, that a car accident will cause only a few deaths at a time whereas plane accident deaths can be in the hundreds, attracting more attention.