Originally Posted by ScribbyDaGreat
To me those posts that read 4000MPH = death made a little sense (not scientifically) but emotionally and maybe that was the thought process behind them. To me, the thought of being in a tube traveling at 4000 mph is unnerving simply because small things can become serious real quick. So I read those posts and understood the point - not that simply traveling 4000mph will kill you - just the little things become the most important. Again, that is what I took away from the comment (and I even took physics - but 4000mph in a tube scares the crap out of me.)
The extreme speed can be misleading. For example, you have a 1 in 10,000,000 chance of dying in a plane crash (planes normally going 200-660mph). There were literally NO deaths in 2011 within commercial aircraft accidents, but you have a 1 in 88 chance of dying in a car crash (going 20-80mph). If this new method of travel can be proven to be extremely safe then you're probably less likely to die in it going across the U.S. than you are going across your city in a car.