TSA: causing air travel avoidance and leap in traffic deaths?

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by TSA News Blog, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. TSA News Blog

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    There’s a report that US traffic deaths in the first three months of 2012 jumped 13.5 percent — the highest number since 2008.
    David Shepardson writes in the Detroit News:
    The estimated increase is the second largest quarterly jump in traffic deaths since NHTSA began tracking deaths on a quarterly basis in 1975 — and the biggest since 1979.​
    NHTSA said the rate of traffic deaths per 100 million miles of vehicle travel increased substantially. For the first three months of 2012, the rate increased significantly to 1.10 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, up from 0.98 fatalities per 100 million miles in the same period last year.​
    . . . The increase would end a steady decline in U.S. road deaths over the last seven years.​
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration speculated that this jump in traffic deaths was caused by the “very warm winter across the country,” causing people to drive more.
    But hmmm . . . .
    Could it perhaps have something to do with the fact that Americans don’t want to have their Constitutional rights violated? Their sex parts fingered at the airport? And that maybe they don’t want to stand in line two hours for a pointless show of “security” that has yet, in its $60 billion-plus history, to catch much more than the likes of a veteran’s rusty pocketknife, cupcakes in a jar, and a bunch of hidden weed?
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  2. TXFlyer

    TXFlyer Member

    I would suspect it's more because people are flying less due to the economy.
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    why would you think that? the contraction in airline traffic exceeds the contraction in the economy. In fact, if we are to accept government numbers, there's been modest GROWTH in the economy.
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Along with growth in automobile and rail traffic. Amtrak has been setting record riderships year after year.

    If people weren't avoiding airlines, there would be a parallel increase in air traffic. There isn't.
  5. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    I'm confused. Are you saying there isn't a connection?

    I thought air numbers were down overall on a year over year basis. If rail and auto have increased, one would expect that air would increase proportionally in the absence of other factors, i.e., the economy, regulations or other impediments. If there is a shift then this could be explained by any one or some combination of these factors.

    Frankly, I don't think TSA is having much impact on casual travel based on the number of people at work who continue to fly as if nothing has changed. TSA may be pissing off the frequent business traveler as they grow weary of the onerous security measures and could affect the number of trips they take but the starry eyed touristas are largely oblivious to what TSA has been doing and fly so infrequently that there is a good chance they won't have a bad experience.
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Just the minor matter of a missing "n't", which I've fixed.

    Thanks for noticing that something was amiss.
  7. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    I hate it when the keyboard fails to read my mind. ;)
  8. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Me too. "Incorrect password." No, I didn't mistype my password, you misinterpreted it. Just like that time I typed "rm -rf" and the damn thing took it literally. Obviously I intended "ls -lha" but noooo, it couldn't be bothered to intuit my intentions. I hate when computers act like they're intended to coldly, unquestioningly execute instructions to the letter and not worry about user intent. Don't they know they...uh...er...wait a minute.
  9. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    Just sudo rm *, ;)

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