European regulators have no qualms about shutting down air travel – at a cost of well over $200 million a day – for a volcanic ash threat that they readily admit has not been adequately studied and has never caused a fatality.
Compare those actions to the inadequate response to other threats to travelers’ lives:
- Texting while driving increases crash risk by up to 22 times
- Talking on the phone (even hands-free) increases crash risk by 8 times
- (In contrast, driving at the legal blood alcohol limit increases crash risk by 11 times)