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After Southwest Incidents, is U.S. Air Travel Still Safe?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

It’s been a rough couple of months for U.S. airlines, particularly Southwest, after a passenger died when one of the plane’s windows broke mid-flight and a similar incident happened again in early May. Nonetheless, Americans still generally believe air travel in this country is safe, though they’re slightly less likely to say it’s safer than in the rest of the world now.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that most American Adults (61%) fly at least once a year, including 34% who fly several times a year or more. Thirty-six percent (36%) rarely or never fly. This has changed little over the past four years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 16-17, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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