This will be a short post because the data is clear, validated, and simple.
On several occasions, FAA and CLT Aviation staff have said “the less time a commercial plane is in the air, the safer it is.”
Well, not according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Runway confusion and collisions (called “incursions”) pose the biggest safety risk. This includes takeoffs and landings.
So the next time someone suggests lower, more direct routing over your neighborhood increases safety, ask that person to show the data.