Why does everything that looks scary and dangerous turn out to be extremely safe?

Okay, let’s just talk about airplanes, helicopters, cruise ships and roller coasters. Often times, airplanes and helicopters look really scary because they can fly at really high altitudes and they go through lots of severe turbulence a lot when flying. The wings and rotor blades are supposed to break easily, but however, they don’t. They have been studies that airplane wings and helicopter rotor blades being able to resist against turbulence at much greater forces than even the most severe turbulence can ever create during flight. But what about cruise ships? Cruise ships also have to deal with huge ocean waves a lot, but it turns out that cruise ships are also very safe and able to resist against strong rouge waves. But what about roller coasters at Amusement Parks or Theme Parks? They often go up and down a lot, but the roller coasters don’t seem to fall roller coaster tracks quite often.

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  • 2 months ago
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    This is because those things are designed for worst case scenario.

    A cruise ship is meant to handle the worst possible storm. An aircraft is designed with redundancy because a failure can happen when far away from any airport.

    And roller coasters are DESIGNED to look scary while being safe.

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  • 2 months ago

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    EVERYTHING? That's a false assumption (fail)

    So, where does fear come from? Moistly from ignorance. 

    • Charly Dat2 months agoReport

      And that ignorance comes from you!!

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  • John
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    2 months ago

    Things like helicopters, planes, ships, roller coasters look scary?

    Really?

    Did you know there are politics attempting to ban all the above?

    Just what are your political leanings and where do you get your money from?

    How about guns are guns scary too?

    Or DOGS?

    • Charly Dat2 months agoReport

      This is about transportation, not about Politics!! Politics do not belong in this category!!

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  • 2 months ago

    Depends on engineering behind the vehicle, its age, and maintenance on it. Anything can fail at any time, and sometimes in complex ways that were never thought of when created and built and first used. Some are modified to point of failure by errors in judgement or engineering conflicts.

    Bottom line is statistics show most passenger carriers like airlines, railroads, and cruise ships try their best for safest operation. Going around storms, checking on systems before use, replacing older parts or vehicles is basic.

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  • 2 months ago

    When these things were first invented, they WERE scary and dangerous, but over the course of a hundred  years  or so, They've been improved  and RE-designed many times, so now they're relatively safe.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Extremely safe?  Lol.  Would you be on an airplane if you see your postman and a blind man in the cockpit?  Would you be on a helicopter if you see a big oil slick around the gearbox and one of main rotor blades is missing?  Would you ride on a roller coaster when someone has told you that the structure was condemned 15 years ago? 

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    • Charly Dat2 months agoReport

      Also, roller coasters are often checked and maintained several times everyday before riders are even allowed to get on!! Engineers, mechanics and technicians are very well trained and know what exactly they are doing and know what they have to do to keep riders safe!!

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  • FanMan
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    2 months ago

    All of these things  are designed by engineers who know  what they're  doing.  They  know  what the anticipated loads are and design for them, then add an appropriate  safety factor just to be  sure.

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