Don’t fall for all those scary airplane scenes in movies
motive56/Shutterstock 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).
Now, just go ahead and try to open that cabin door
You may have heard stories of passengers threatening to exit midflight through a cabin door and worried that something terrible could happen to everyone on board. Fact is, a commercial aircraft door can’t be opened during a flight, according to Dan Boland, airline pilot and founder of Holidayers travel website. Doing so would require “superhuman strength.” To mystery buffs who wonder how to reconcile this with the story of hijacker, DB Cooper (who in 1971 may or may not have have parachuted to freedom midflight between Portland and Reno), we can say only that in 2018, no one is exiting a commercial airplane midflight.