For some people, fear can create a business opportunity- PAU inglés 2012

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Flying fear - fobiaFor some people, fear can create a business opportunity. Patrick Smith, for example, makes a living out of answering questions about an activity that many people are afraid of, namely getting on an airplane. A pilot himself, Patrick Smith’s Ask the Pilot column on the online magazine has become very popular in the United States. When asked, he says that some of the more notorious questions he gets are about airplane toilets, for example: “Do crews empty the contents of the toilet over people’s houses?” Another curious question is: “Do pilots shut off the air conditioning to make the passengers go to sleep?”
More seriously, many people are worried about airport security. Patrick Smith says, “I think we have come to a point where we have to admit that there’s never going to be a really perfect airport security system, and you have to accept at least a small amount of risk. Meanwhile, confiscating scissors and army knives and small metal objects from people has nothing, basically, to do with security. Yet that is what we’re spending most of our time doing, focusing on the perception of security. In other words, the more you’re inconvenienced, the safer you must be, which is really ridiculous. In fact, it may be just the opposite, and concentrating on these irrelevant things, you’re wasting time and resources, instead of actually trying to solve the problems that are at the root of terrorism”.
Other people are worried about particular routes or airports that are supposed to be “more dangerous” than others. Smith says that “dangerous” isn’t the right word. It’s true that some routes or airports are more complicated, and require more attention than others, but pilots normally like that kind of thing; it’s a challenge, and that’s what they’re paid to do.


1. Write a summary of the text in English, including the most important points, using your own words whenever possible.

2. Find words or phrases in the text that correspond in meaning to the words and definitions given here

3. Complete the second sentence of each pair so that it has the same meaning as the first one.

4. Answer the following questions in your own words.


5. What is your favourite means of transport? Why?

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