The US Dept of Homeland Security put together its wonderful threat level avisory system as a result of the undeniably horrific attacks 5 years ago.
As a result, we’re not allowed to take drinks onto planes, we are forced to use plastic cutlery, unless we’re in first class, and a tee shirt is a security risk!
Now, call me a radical thinker, but doesn’t this mean that the terrorists have actually won, they’ve managed to take away a lot of our freedom, certainly in air travel, but are you really going to die as a result of terrorism?
Some of the nice folks over at Wired News have put together a nice survey of the things that threaten ongoing life in the 11 year period 1995 to 2005 and have come up with the following nice little graphic – it really puts things into perspective – especially the fact that being shot by law enforcement is more likely to kill you than terrorism…
| S E V E R E
Driving off the road: 254,419
Accidental poisoning: 140,327
| H I G H
Dying from work: 59,730
Walking down the street: 52,000.
Accidentally drowning: 38,302
| E L E V A T E D
Killed by the flu: 19,415
Dying from a hernia: 16,742
| G U A R D E D
Accidental firing of a gun: 8,536
| L O W
Being shot by law enforcement: 3,949
Carbon monoxide in products: 1,554