Odds of dying in terrorist attack on an airplane . . .
The numbers below show that the current terrorist hysteria is . . . complete hysteria. And that our entire society is completely illogical and our government is run by populist fools.
The more specific figures are based on 2001, the most recent year for which complete data are available. Other odds, indicated with an asterisk (*) are based on long-term data.
Cause of Death / Lifetime Odds
Motor Vehicle Accident*
Intentional Self-harm (suicide)
Assault by Firearm
Fire or Smoke
Natural Forces (heat, cold, storms, quakes, etc.)
Air Travel Accident*
Flood* (included also in Natural Forces above)
Tornado* (included also in Natural Forces above)
Lightning Strike (included also in Natural Forces above)
Snake, Bee or other Venomous Bite or Sting*
Earthquake (included also in Natural Forces above)
** Perhaps 1-in-500,000
SOURCES: National Center for Health Statistics, CDC; American Cancer Society; National Safety Council; International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; World Health Organization; USGS; Clark Chapman, SwRI; David Morrison, NASA; Michael Paine, Planetary Society Australian Volunteers