January 30, 2015
Fear of flying? There’s an app for you.
Even though there is a 0.00001% chance of your plane crashing, I understand the growing fear due to the absurd crashes last year, with the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370, and the crash of AirAsia QZ8501. That’s where the Am I Going Down? app comes in.
The app was launched to help people conquer the fear of flying by providing cold hard stats on the unlikeliness that their flight will crash. A glass-is-half-full approach: Your chances of surviving is 99.9999815%; not bad. Although, I must point out that the app’s name is not exactly up-lifting.
How the app works is that you enter details of your journey, view a color-coded ranking of airline and aircraft safety, and then it calculates the overall flight safety for your next flight. It uses statistics from a variety of different sources (International Civil Aviation Organization and National Transportation Safety Board in the US) before giving users their odds of crashing.
Though the app is meant to help calm nerves among those who suffer from a phobia of flying, its name is, perhaps, not very reassuring because the statistics uses data from last decades. Developed by husband and wife team Nic Johns and Julie Postlethwaite of Vanilla Pixel, the app was the product of Postlethwaite’s own fear of flying. It’s a great idea for those who prefer logic rather than stronger substances to calm their nerves.
Am I Going Down? is available on iOS and costs 99 cents.
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