Ok, so I assume everybody heard of the recent plane crash. But in the unlikely case that there are people who haven't, here's a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afriqiyah_Airways_Flight_771 These things happen. I don't think anyone can deny that. And seeing that they happen...does that make travelling by plane a Russian roulette in your mind? It kinda does in mine. There are a few places I'd love to go. Like e.g. New York seems a thrilling place to be. And before this recent plane crash I've thought about flying. I thought "The chance that something goes wrong is so small it's negligible". But now, I'm once again very hesitant to fly like I've been before. When I say this to people around me they say things like the following: "You can get killed crossing the street just the same" "If you let yourself be limited by fear, you end up living in a cave somewhere" "Planes are safer than cars. I mean more people get killed by cars than by planes. And you're not gonna stop driving a car either, now are you?" I don't know about these arguments... I mean sure there is an amount of danger everywhere but when something goes wrong when you're in a plane there are very few things you can do... It's just not comparable with e.g. being on your bike in a city. Also, when you're in a plane, you don't control anything and when you're in your car...you yourself are behind the steering wheel. You have an amount of control over at least certain things. And of course you shouldn't let fear stop you from living your life. You shouldn't be guided by fear. But surely you should be guided by common sense...? I mean if someone told me that if I were to be on a square in the city on a particular time on a certain date there'd be a chance that I would be shot to death, I'd of course stay away from that square... And isn't it sort of the same with travelling by plane? I mean aren't people choosing to go on planes, knowing that there's a chance it will crash in which case they'll die...? I'm not saying that anyone who's choosing to travel by plane is foolish to do so. If I thought that, then I wouldn't have posted this thread as there'd be no point. I'm just thinking out loud here. And I'd really love to hear your thoughts on this. I know there are people here who travel a lot... I'd love to hear what you think.