WASHINGTON’S MOVIE TELLS “LIES” ABOUT AVIATION SAFETY

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ARTICLE: What the Airline Industry Thinks of “Flight” With Denzel Washington

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There is a lot of aviation safety data which establish that air transportation is the safest mode to travel. The metrics show in different dimensions and with numerous time horizons that getting on an airplane is, beyond doubt, the way to go.

Even with such hard objective analysis, a number of citizens have fear of flying. The insecurity derives from the viewing of an aircraft in the sky with no visible means of support and is reinforced by people who have a strong aversion to be in any moving vehicle and to not be at the controls.

In that context, the release of “Flight” does a great disservice to the public. Its portrayal of horrifying moments in an airplane will exacerbate that fear of flight. What is equally injurious and more disingenuous are the details of the script- a pilot high on cocaine and alcohol, an attempted cover up by a union and a flight maneuver.

The industry has an exceptional record of preventing pilots with even a trace of alcohol or drugs from entering the cockpit; management and unions have designed proactive systems to divert such at-risk professionals from the line; and the intentional operation of an aircraft upside down is a total reversal of the facts of the alleged accident on which the story is based.

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