As aviation safety issues persist, are you more afraid to fly than before?
This morning, two major stories on air travel dangers hit the news cycle.
Australia-based airline Qantas grounded its Airbus A380 fleet after one of its superjumbo jets blew out an engine (see video here). The 433 passengers aboard the flight sat for 90 minutes before the plane landed in Singapore.
In a story that hits closer to home, Chicago-bound packages that investigators pulled off cargo planes in England and the United Arab Emirates on Friday were in danger of exploding -- one of the packages was 17 minutes away from detonation, French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said this morning. The two bombs contained up to fives times as much of the industrial explosive PETN as the bomb stuffed into a terrorist suspect's underwear on a Detroit-bound plane last Christmas.
But even as reports on flight safety issues around the world pour in, it's clear that Americans are still choosing to fly to get where we need to go. The holiday travel season just ahead is expected to be more crowded and expensive than it was last year -- 41 million Americans are expected to take to the skies between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Tweet Are you planning to fly in the near future? How does the recent focus on in-flight dangers influence your decision to buy a ticket or your plans to travel? Are you nervous about security threats or other operational errors? Tell us on Twitter by using the hash tag #flightfears or in the comments below.
| November 4, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
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