Recent pics of Jay-Z getting out of a helicopter with 7-month-old daughter Blue Ivy have parents everywhere buzzing with the same question (and no, it has nothing to do with those to-die-for baby-sized noise-blocking headphones Blue Ivy was wearing). Moms and dads living considerably more "hard knock lives" than the music mogul want to know: Hey, is helicopter travel really safe for a 7-month-old baby?! Or is Jay-Z simply too concerned with maintaining his "big pimpin'" image to think about whether it's really a good idea for Blue Ivy to hover over Manhattan in one of these things?!
Well, let's take an objective look at the situation here. By which I mean let's take a non-sour grapes/lifestyles of the rich and famous and their fancy schmancy helicopters look at just how dangerous taking a baby in a helicopter may or may not be ...
I mean, pretty much every mode of transportation is risky on some level, right? It's not like we never hear about fatal car accidents or commercial airliners crashing in the middle of the ocean. Unfortunately, the statistics on helicopter safety compared to other forms of travel are kind of hazy (mostly because copter travel is measured in hours, not miles, and helicopters are often used in highly hazardous conditions (including military operations, search and rescue missions, and medical evacuations). So naturally it seems like every time we hear about a helicopter, we hear about a helicopter crashing.
But -- the accident rate per takeoff and landing (generally the most dangerous part of any flight) shows helicopters to be safer than other aircraft. Which could lead one to believe that, barring such variables as bad weather, a short trip in a helicopter could be more trouble-free than a ride across town in a paparazzi-besieged car. (Princess Diana, anyone?) So maybe for Jay-Z and Blue Ivy, travelling by helicopter really is the safer choice. People on the road can be pretty crazy, especially when they're chasing down a million-dollar celeb photo op. Jay-Z is probably sincerely trying to do what's best for his daughter.
Plus, as far as I know? Lindsay Lohan doesn't have her pilot's license, phew!
Do you think it's safe for Jay-Z to take Blue Ivy in a helicopter?
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