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Poll: Would you fly in a plane with no pilot?

Mike Opelka
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Commercial airplanes already possess many automated functions, but pilots will tell you they can't do everything a trained human can do. The airline industry, however, thinks it can save $35 billion dollars a year by going to a completely automated, pilot-free plane.

Mike Opelka asked if you would ride in one on Tuesday's "Pure Opelka." You can weigh in below:

The advantage to going pilot-free to airlines and consumers is lower cost. Due to a pilot shortage, airlines are offering $20,000 sign up bonuses and large salaries to entice qualified persons to the profession. Another is safety; aeronautics giant Boeing says 80 percent of airline accidents are due to human error.

Mike felt package delivery service on automated planes might be a safer start. It seems most air travelers agree, with only 17 percent saying they feel comfortable with the concept. Nevertheless, we could see fully automated commercial planes by 2030.

To see more from Mike, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “Pure Opelka” weekdays 12-3 p.m. ET, "Pure Opelka Replay" weekdays 10-1 a.m. ET & “Pure Opelka” Saturdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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