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The safety of commercial airline flights

Many New York residents may feel nervous when they think about flying, especially when they hear about plane accidents. However, taking a commercial flight is safer than people may realize.

Sometimes people may worry that a part of the airplane will malfunction during the flight. LifeHacker says this is unlikely. Before selling airplanes, aircraft manufacturers usually perform comprehensive tests to make sure an aircraft will be safe. Testers typically fly planes at all altitudes and in all temperatures to make sure the aircraft will be safe in every possible weather condition. Additionally, manufacturers test the wings to make sure they will withstand forceful winds.

When people watch the news, it may seem like aircraft accidents are common events. However, just one out of two million flights has the potential to be fatal. While some people may feel safer driving themselves across the country, people have a 1 in 5,000 chance of getting into a fatal car accident. Conversely, people have a 1 in 11,000,000 chance of getting into a fatal plane crash.

Flying is also safe because the Federal Aviation Administration has stricter requirements which pilots have to meet if they want to fly a commercial airplane. According to CNBC, the FAA passed new guidelines in 2013 requiring pilots to have several more hours of rest before flying to decrease the chance that a pilot will be tired during a flight. Additionally, the FAA increased the number of hours a pilot has to fly before getting his or her license. Before 2013, people needed only 250 hours of flying time to get a commercial license. Under the new requirements, people have to spend 1,500 hours in the air. These regulations help ensure that it is less likely an accident will happen during a commercial flight. 

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