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Why I’m Not Afraid to Fly

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Why I’m Not Afraid to Fly

Not so long ago I was scheduled to fly on a budget European flight to Cyprus. I packed my bags and printed my boarding passes, but this time something was different. It was just a few weeks after the fatal crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 that killed 150, including 16 children on a school trip. Suddenly, I didn’t know what to do. Should I cancel the trip?

Like so many other travelers, I’d imagined the terrible scene onboard, as that routine flight turned into a tragedy. I couldn’t stop thinking about those children flying without their parents. Since becoming a parent 11 years ago, I’d started to feel fear creeping in during the time when normally I’d be arranging my magazines in the seat-back pocket and pulling on my flight socks.

Yes, along with the devastating emotional impact of the deaths of all those people, one has to remember the context in which the crash occurred — the remote possibility of crashes, today’s overall safety record of airlines, the overwhelming benefit of flying.

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