Travel agent: Although most low–fare airlines have had few, if any, accidents, very few such airlines have been in e...

Julie on July 29, 2019


Hi LSAT Max, I was wondering if someone could explain the error in (E). I chose (C) over (E), but I can't seem to explain why it can be eliminated. Many thanks in advance for the help!

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Irina on August 1, 2019


The travel agent is arguing that passengers are safer on major airlines because low-fair airlines have not been around long enough for their safety records to be established.

The question asks us to identify the flaw in the agent's argument.

The issue here is that the agent seems to equate safety record with safety even though safety records are merely accident statistics and depending on what numbers are in these records, long-established records could demonstrate that the airline is either safe or unsafe.

(E) is irrelevant to the argument, the travel agent is not arguing that having a long-standing record means the airlines could not have one or more accident. On the contrary, he appears to allude that most low-fare airlines have had few accidents BUT it is not the reason he is questioning their safety, rather he is concerned with the absence of a lengthy safety record.

Does this make sense?

Let me know if you have any other questions.