Statistically air travel is far-far-far safer than land travel, it is calculated that the odds of dying in a road accident to be 1 in 98 for a lifetime and 1 in 7,178 for a lifetime for air transport, that's like 73 times safer am i right? But u don't need a statistic figure to know that, i mean when was the last time u heard bout a fatal air crash accident in Malaysia? and how many times u heard about fatal road accidents in Malaysia?
So now since we agree that air travel is much-much-much more safer than land travel,
- How come they asked u to wear seat-belts in flight & they pay someone to ensure u wear it (flight attendant's duty) but when u ride a bus nobody cares bout it & some bus don't even have seat-belts installed~
- If your bus breaks down in the middle of jungle at midnight without any torchlights inside it's nobody's fault but if the authority found out that your flight took-off without sufficient amount of torchlights in broad daylight the airline will be fined, they crew will be blamed & may be suspended~
- If the bus tyre punctured, anybody cn replace it using any brand of tyre as long it's the correct size, if the brake needs a replacement any mechanic can install a new one~ but in an aircraft, the law said any replacement or repair works must be done by a certified engineer & mechanic and it has to be done according to the manuals published by the aircraft's manufacturer, they must use only certified spare parts, and everything has to be documented; the engineer's details, the parts serial number, the procedures done & etc
-If u try to bring a pocket knife in a flight, with multiple security checks you won't be able to do so~ not to mention you can't even bring a bottle of mineral water~ but in a bus you can even bring an AK-47 riffle inside ur knapsack if you want~
Although some of the laws & rules are too strict i think everybody agrees the main purpose is to ensure safety at the highest level, or is it? coz why only imposed it on air transport when it's the land transport that requires extra safety precautions, after all u are 73x more likely to die in a bus than in an aircraft~
Money might be one of the reason, although it all started with public perception or fear towards air travel which were dealt with extra safety features & precautions but along the way it became it evolved into a big multi-billion dollars businesses for the providers,
Why aircraft's screws & bolts are more expensive than ur normal screws & bolts? 'aviation standard', ok fair enuff but why aircraft's air freshener cost 5x more than ur normal air freshener?
Why cockpit's communication equipment sanitizer has to be imported from overseas can't we just use dettol? 'aviation standard'? maybe partly but i think money is the main reason
Before i continue with the other reason we have to remember that most of the aviation laws are governed by the international organizations mainly ICAO & IATA, our local national aviation laws in MCAR imposed by DCA are moulded to satisfy their requirements,
and i think the laws were imposed NOT for your safety but for theirs, all the security checks all the L&G rules, on the basis it's for your own safety, u'll feel safer knowing dat no one in your flight have dangerous weapons, nobody can use it to hijack the aircraft, So why don't they impose it on land public transport, people can still hijack the bus, they can kill all the passengers with guns they brought, why? coz an hijacked bus in the middle of Karak won't bother them but an hijacked 200 tonnes aircraft with 50 tonnes of fuel in the middle of their airspace will bother them~ :-)
p/s - all of this were just my personal two cents~ hv a good day peeps~ ;-)