Checklists Are a Must
Regardless of your extreme confidence or your white-knuckle fears, statistics prove that commercial air travel is the safest way to go. Per mile traveled, there are fewer accidents among commercial aircraft than there are with cars, trains, or automobiles. Why is commercial air travel is so safe? Many reasons, just one of which is the use of checklists.
When the plane is at the end of the runway and awaiting clearance to take off, the last thing the pilot and first officer do is run a checklist to make sure all of the critical issues have been handled. There’s nothing worse than to be at 30,000 feet and suddenly discover you forgot to get jet fuel or, worse yet, somebody forgot to bring the air maps. You can’t go back ...