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Do you feel safer when flying a foreing airline??

Jul 14th, 2004, 01:51 PM
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NO. American airlines have more security precautions than any other except El Al. I'd never trust Air France or Olympic or Iberia or Alitalia or AerLingus over a US airline on a transatlantic flight to or from the US. Others may have equal security.

Have you people forgotten that Air France flights to the US were prevented from leaving Paris late last year because they were potential terrorist targets and the security at CDG was poor?
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Jul 14th, 2004, 03:31 PM
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For those who are afraid of USAirways: they recently joined Star Alliance, which includes Lufthansa and many other "foreign" airlines. With code sharing, etc., I think it could be very murky as to what constitutes USAirways flight vs European carrier.
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Jul 14th, 2004, 03:37 PM
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When I play golf I go a-"foreing".

And when my people hunt and gather we go a-foraging!!

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Jul 14th, 2004, 03:50 PM
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...and depending on how good your stroke is, you may go "foraging" for your golf balls.
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Jul 14th, 2004, 04:27 PM
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Jocelyn, good one!

As Johnny Carson would say:
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Jul 14th, 2004, 04:42 PM
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I fly whichever airline gives me the best schedule, price, seat selection, and, last consideration, service. Foreign or domestic makes no difference.

Oh, yes, only the name airlines if it is a foreign airline. A lot of the domestic airlines in Asia, Africa, and South America are puddlehoppers with crazy schedules and even crazier pilots! Not to mention the terrible stuff that passes for "food"...
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Jul 14th, 2004, 04:56 PM
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Some airlines are obviously less likely to be targeted by terrorists than others, so if you're playing the odds you would go for one of those. But, either way, the odds of your particular flight being targeted by terriorists is pretty small.
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Jul 14th, 2004, 08:17 PM
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The Air France and British Air flights that were cancelled or delayed last year came from information provided by the U.S. government that later turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Politicians are right. We do have short memories.

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Jul 14th, 2004, 08:37 PM
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As for safety records, Qantas, the second-oldest airline in the world after KLM, has never had a fatality in 84 years of operation. Should that make me feel safer with them, or worry that their turn must be due soon?
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Jul 15th, 2004, 01:25 AM
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A couple posters stated that they would choose Air France over an american carrier in order to reduce the risks of hijacking, but I don't think it's sounds. Air-France planes have been hijacked in the past, including by islamists. There has been islamist terrorist attacks in France. In particular, Algerian islamists have a grudge against France, due to the support given by the french government to the Algerian one. So, if one wants to avoid being tagetted by terrorists, Air France isn't a particularily good choice.

Both the UK and Italy are present in Irak, so British Airways and Alitalia aren't safe bets, either. One could probably find a country whose airlines are less likely to be targetted (say Lufthansa), but it wouldn't be an absolute guarantee (a plane could be targetted just because it's leaving/ heading to the USA, for instance).

Given that the likehood of a hijacking is already extremely low, and that the risk is non-zero regardless of the company you choose, I don't think that the supposed lower risk is worth the inconvenience of having to fly only on a limited number of carriers.

Besides, anyway, the risk of getting killed in your car while going to the airport is vastly higher than the risk of ending in a hijacked flight. Still people are affraid of the second and don't care about the first.

So, such a choice doesn't seem rationnal to me. Note that I can understand an irrationnal fear. I, for one, am affraid of flying on *any* plane, and terrorism has nothing to do with it. So, I wouldn't cast stones from my glass house if someone has such fears, but I still don't think that choosing Air France over United Airlines should be presented as a rationnal choice.

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