Survey: Americans’ fears of flying are getting worse

Interesting graphic from YouGov on American’s feelings on flying in an airplane:

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As may be expected, after the recent Germanwings crash the percentage of people not afraid to fly went down and the percentage afraid to fly went up. The percentage of those not afraid to fly has been on a steady decline since 2010.

What’s interesting to me is the precipitous drop in not afraid to fly and significant rise in afraid to fly after the Germanwings crash. Are people that much more afraid after an intentional event rather than an unintentional accident?

Plane crashes are rarer than ever, but due to the very nature of flying, some will always have uneasy feelings towards it.

(via Vox)

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