Have a safe flight?

When people wish you a safe trip, it seems to make a lot more sense when you’re heading out on a road trip than when you’re flying somewhere. When you’re driving, you have a great deal more control over whether your trip is safe. With flight, even if the statistics suggest that it’s safer on average, the direct control you have over your safety is practically nil. For this reason, and because an airplane malfunction some number of thousands of feet in the air has certain implications on one’s personal safety, to say, “Have a safe flight” is like saying, “Hey, hope you don’t die.” When I hear people are going to fly somewhere, I usually stick with, “Have a comfortable flight,” or “Have a great time,” or if they’re flying to New Jersey, “Have as good a time as is possible.”

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