While creating world-class unique aerial experiences is our passion, your safety is our priority. We can’t speak for all Hot Air Balloon companies but let us explain why travelling by balloon with Balloon Adventures Dubai is actually safer than driving down Sheikh Zayed in an SUV. Many people don’t realise that air travel is the safest mode of transport. The Hot Air Balloon was not only the first successful type of air transportation that carried humans, but it is also one of the safest modes of air travel. Unfortunately, there are some people whose first response to Hot Air Ballooning is that it is unsafe. In the Hot Air Ballooning industry, we often liken this gut reaction to people’s irrational fear of sharks. When you take a look at the common causes of Hot Air Balloon accidents, you will quickly see how these causes are preventable with the correct safety measures.
People’s Irrational Fears
Did you know that you are 3,305 times more likely to drown than meet your fate inside the jaws of a shark? However, people have an innate fear of sharks which statistics, probability, and common sense do not support. Hot Air Ballooning suffers the same irrational fear and it’s time to break the false assumption that this once in a lifetime experience is unsafe. Since the year 2000, 70 fatalities due to Ballooning were reported, many of these coming from large-scale incidents (19 guests in Luxor, 16 in Texas and 11 in New Zealand). This is despite millions of people flying over these 16 years in all corners of the Earth. To put this in context, in 2015 alone, more than 1.25 million people were killed in automobile accidents. Yet, people still love their cars. So why do people make this irrational leap and fear Balloons more than cars? Why do they fear sharks more than drowning? According to Psychologists, it all comes down to the nature of the incident more than the likelihood of it happening.Being chewed on by the razor-sharp teeth of a shark terrifies people whereas the idea of drifting off to sleep while drowning is a lot less so.