I/we don't fear flying, many years of flights, I understand all the techy things, maintenance here in the US at the whim of corporate belt tightening is scarier... A friend and I were talking on Halloween, he was an avionics whiz, so tons of air time, globally.. Best airline to his mine was the Emirates http://www.emirates.com/us/english/index.aspx line... roomy, comfy, spotless... Makes UA, others look like rats nests, cattle cars... Another world... Overseas flights are interesting, my first was back in '67, heading to a worksite for several months in the Marshall Islands. Propellers! World Airways.. Double duty as a freight hauler, so half the plane is loaded with crates.. Stews were young guys, gals, dealing with it fine as it made round robin trips a couple times a week, stopping in Honolulu to refuel, then on to the South Pacific in 10 hour flights.. Turbulence coming East into Hawaii got us once, sitting reading, sudden drop, stop was hard enough to put the Stews on the deck, me my head driven between my knees.. We'd apparently fallen a long ways vertically, then recovered.. No waring, bam! The planes are TOUGH, our nerves from there on into Honolulu, on edge, every jig or jag had the expected tenseness... But, all was good, just another day in the air... later years I was our Union Rep for the crew in Hawaii, so monthly or more flights, all on 747's was a fun ride, seasoned crews, great planes, Exit row seats if I could... All good, they've come a long ways... if you can find a sky plot of all the flights, interesting how many are always on the air... Enjoy...
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