Air travel only safest when passengers dress the part

There’s something about hurtling through the atmosphere at hundreds of miles per hour at 37,000 feet in a pressurized tube, strapped onto a couple jet engines burning explosive fuel, that is somewhat unsettling. But let’s put all that behind us and look at the data. When it comes down to it, flying is still the safest way to travel. Here’s a comparison of annual fatalities from major forms of travel in the U.S. courtesy of the Department of Transportation.
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Sure, it’s comfortable, but as John Nance, aviation analyst for ABC News, reminds us, that clothing won’t protect you if you’re trying to get through burning debris. “Understand, we have 32,000 a day and nothing goes wrong, but you probably want to give some thought to not getting on that airplane like you were dressing to sit around the pool.” “Flip flops are not going to help you going down a evacuation slide. Good shoes may help you, especially if you have to slash through burning fuel in the worst possible case.” The safest clothes to wear on a plane: a long-sleeve shirt, pants and study flat shoes, or ones with a low heel. Looking at the pictures from the weekend crash in San Francisco, I was struck with how many passengers were leaving the wreckage with their carry-on luggage. Big mistake; Nance says you could get trapped inside or prevent others from making it out.
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Gov. Robert Bentley’s office spends $621,712 on air travel during 21 months

The governor’s website lists about 200 flights on state planes, ranging from trips to Washington on state business to New Orleans to discuss oil spill litigation and to Atlanta to watch Auburn University in a 2011 bowl game. “When he goes to a football game, he is there not just to take in the game and cheer on the team; he is there to meet with various leaders from our state and others as a representative of our state,” he said. Press secretary Jennifer Ardis said Bentley does not take a salary as governor and his air travel is not luxurious.
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