Your Plane Is Probably Old
These days, while boarding a flight, you're more likely to be greeted with a run-down plane than a shiny new one. According to The Airline Monitor, the average age of the major airlines' fleets (including American, Alaska, Delta, Southwest, United, and US Airways) is about 14 years old. If you're looking for a new ride, avoid American and Delta, which were found to have the oldest planes (16 years old, on average). Don't worry, though, a plane's age is more likely to affect your comfort than your safety—aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia tells CNN, "From a safety standpoint, a lot of the older planes were built tougher, and with proper maintenance, there's no reason why a plane can't stay safe for 25 to 30 years."