Air transportation safety is not limited only to commercial travel though. The United States also has the largest global market for private and business flights, which are sadly more dangerous than commercial travel. In every year of this decade there have been somewhere between 300 and 500 fatalities from accidents in the general aviation sector, excluding flights commercial transportation. Fortunately though, the total number of accidents in this sector has been steadily decreasing since the year 2000. And, even when the general aviation sector is included, the odds of dying in an aircraft accident in the United States are nearly 2,000 times lower than the odds of dying in a motor vehicle accident.
Also included under air transportation safety are the activities carried out at airports to prevent dangerous passengers and goods from entering aircraft. Owing to the country’s high level of gun ownership, screening for firearms is an important activity at U.S. airports, with hundreds of guns being confiscated annually. U.S. travelers have mixed views on the effectiveness of security at U.S. airports though. While a majority people believe there is sufficient security at U.S. airports, only a minority are confident that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would catch a terrorist trying to board an aircraft.