An odd circular argument I stumbled across today from Iain Murray at the National Review Online, he is arguing that by canceling flights to hold safety inspections the airlines may be pushing people to drive, which is more risky than flying and that some may die in accidents. Thus safety inspections may be killing people. The clear hole in the argument is that the only reason flying is safer than driving is because safety is such a huge priority that they would rather cancel flights then risk accidents from uninspected flight gear. If the airlines were to carry on without being held to an extremely high safety standard, which includes canceling flights for inspections then I expect the safety level of flying would quickly become much lower than that for driving. Planes often plummet when things break, cars don’t. Anyhow, his argument seemed odd to me, what do you think?