The Jet Age (1958 - Today)

Air Travel and Safety

Airline travel is the safest form of transportation. More people die in auto accidents in three months in the United States than have lost their lives in the entire history of commercial flight. It is far safer to fly than it is to get to the airport.

Because air travel is so safe and accidents so rare, when an incident occurs it is often highly publicized, which heightens the unwarranted perception of danger.

Safety Equipment
Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Safety Equipment

Since the advent of high-altitude pressurized airliners in the early 1940s, airliners have featured oxygen masks as well as evacuation slides and rafts to aid passengers and crew in emergencies.

Flight Safety Demonstration
Continental Airlines

A Continental flight attendant demonstrates the proper use of an emergency oxygen mask.