I know this might seem like a stupid question, post 9-11, to think that anyone is more paranoid than Americans about air travel, but it’s not so much about terrorism. It’s about flying in general.
I was talking recently with a French friend about flying, and she said that she has a horrible fear of flying. I told it was funny, since I had actually met quite a few French people who were scared of flying (some, so much so that they were holding out for a train tunnel under the Atlantic to the US).
One thing my girlfriend and I have noted during our time here in France is that there are documentaries about airline crashes on a fairly regular basis. I mentioned that to my friend, and she said that that, along with constant coverage on the news of other crashes, probably has a lot to do with the reason more people are scared of air travel in Europe. I can’t remember her reasoning (I was a little drunk), but she said that she felt that Europeans in general were more scared of air travel (something to do with frequent crashes on flights across the Mediterranean).
Does anyone think this is true?