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20 Common Myths About Airplanes You Need to Stop Believing

Reader's Digest Logo By Lauren Cahn of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 20: Of all the things your flight attendant won't tell you, perhaps the most curious is that airplane travel is now safer than ever. In fact, 2017 saw no fatalities resulting from commercial airline crashes, and a quick look at statistics compiled by the Aviation Safety Network reveals that even as traveling by airplane has become increasingly widespread, the number of fatal accidents has been on a downward trend. Accordingly, many of the scary stories and worrisome warnings you've heard are no longer true (or never were in the first place).

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Of all the things your flight attendant won't tell you, perhaps the most curious is that airplane travel is now safer than ever. In fact, 2017 saw no fatalities resulting from commercial airline crashes, and a quick look at statistics compiled by the Aviation Safety Network reveals that even as traveling by airplane has become increasingly widespread, the number of fatal accidents has been on a downward trend. Accordingly, many of the scary stories and worrisome warnings you've heard are no longer true (or never were in the first place).
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