The air transport industry is now plagued by a growing number of air-travel related safety breaches that have put the lives of passengers at risk.
A recent study by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) found that air travel is the leading cause of passenger deaths and injuries in the world.
A further 18,000 deaths and 7,000 injuries have been caused by other causes since 2000.
Many of these are linked to a combination of factors, including air-conditioning systems that can overheate and malfunction.
In some cases, passengers are not even aware they are at risk of overheating.
The report also said that over-burdened airlines were struggling to keep track of all the passengers they handle.
The latest IATA study found that of the nearly 7 million people in the US alone, about 7,500 die every year because of air travel.
The number of people dying due to air travel has tripled since 2000, and the number of deaths has more than doubled in recent years, with the number at around 1,000 every day.
Air travel is a huge industry with around 70 per cent of the global population.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that air transport accounts for almost half of all deaths in the developing world.
Air travel is now the number one cause of air safety breaches in the developed world.
IATA says that the air transport sector in the United States has the highest number of passenger-related safety breaches.
The agency says that more than 7,700 passengers died in 2016.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has set up a Safety Team in each state to monitor safety on planes, as well as to ensure airlines meet new safety standards.
It is hoped that the new system will help to reduce the number and severity of air transport safety breaches, particularly in the areas of ventilation, food safety, and personal belongings.
As a passenger, I am often asked how I plan to travel in the coming years.
I do my best to stay in touch with the latest news on air travel, but I am also constantly thinking about what will happen to my bag if I get on an air-transit flight.
Read more about air travel and how to stay safe on the Travel Guide to air transportation.