Even before the horrors of September 11th and the ensuing crash at Rockaway Beach, 44 percent of those willing to risk flying told Gallup they felt fearful. 2 "Every time I get off a plane, I view it as a failed suicide attempt," movie director Barry Sonnenfeld has said. 3 After the five crashed airliners, and with threats of more terror to come, cancellations understandably left airlines, travel agencies, and holiday hotels flying into the red.
Indeed, the terrorists may still be killing us, in ways unnoticed. If we now fly 20 percent less and instead drive half those unflown miles, we will spend 2 percent more time in motor vehicles. 4 This translates into 800 more people dying as passengers and pedestrians. 5 So, in just the next year the terrorists may indirectly kill three times more people on our highways than died on those four fated planes.