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How do i beat the fear of flying? im ok once im in the air but ive got to wait till we are up there before i move also landing is a big thng for me too! help as i am goin abroad soon?

Asked by eeyore200343 (175points) July 24th, 2008
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flameboi's avatar

bubblegum, a mint, anything sweet :)

The_Inquisitor's avatar

All i can suggest is, you just gotta face it. haha…
I watched a drama, it was about someone who was afraid of flying because of something tramatic that happened on the plane when he was a child. lol, i won’t get into the details.
Just face it, close your eyes? listen to music?

tinyfaery's avatar

I have the same issue. For me, its the noise. I try to blast music or wear ear pugs during these times. Its a better environment to gather my inner-strength.

gailcalled's avatar

Digging my nails into the palms of my hands on both take-off and landing has always helped me. It’s a wonderful distraction. Or perhaps a bear-hug for your neighbor.

eeyore200343's avatar

ive tried music and it dont work i keep thinking bout where i am. last time i went i my palms were that sweaty i left a handprint on my boyfriends leg! nice!

tinyfaery's avatar

How about a nice cocktail at the airport bar?

wildflower's avatar

Just reason with yourself: you could give in to your fear and limit your traveling options significantly or you can take the chance on the statistically safest way of traveling – even if it is a bit scary!
I use this every time I board a plane. Depending on severity, I may even resign myself to my fate: either I get where I’m going in one piece and have an experience…...or I don’t

eeyore200343's avatar

well i was thinking about a calming drink only it will lead to a calming 10 knowing me and then they probs wouldnt let me on the plane lol

btko's avatar

I was in two VERY close calls in 747’s… I hate flying, landing, and take off… haha but I just try and focus on a book or mp3 player.

eeyore200343's avatar

please tell me those close calls were not letting u on the plane and not anything else lol

btko's avatar

ah, they had much more do with almost crashing. But don’t worry – that’s not going to happen. Planes fly themselves today really… I’m only worried when I am flying in 3rd world countries.

eeyore200343's avatar

ahhrrgghh u scared me now :(:(:(:(

wildflower's avatar

I’ve experienced canceled and delayed flights due to weather, turbulence that knocked my drink over, ‘air-holes’ that were worse than a rollercoaster, aborted landing attempts, rough landings and redirects. None of it can convince me to stay put in one place though. The pros far outweigh the cons of traveling.

a week from tomorrow I’m due to land on the world’s shortest commercial runway

btko's avatar

Where are you flying to and from?

eeyore200343's avatar

please stop scaring me! from manchester to egypt

btko's avatar

I flew that last May. It’s an easy flight! No worries at all.

wildflower's avatar

You’ll be fine! It’s what? 4hours? I’ve had very smooth flights from Cork to Tunisia, Greece and Tenerife. Unless the weather’s nasty, it should be grand:)
And just think how wonderful Egypt will be….keep your eye on the prize ;)

eeyore200343's avatar

what do u class as an easy flight?

soundedfury's avatar

Statistically, you are more likely to be hit by lightning, struck by a vehicle while crossing a street or be bitten by a poisonous snake than you are to be involved in an airplane accident. Since 1997, there have been fewer than 1 death per 100,000 man-hours of commercial airline flight – and that number includes the terrorist attacks in the U.S. and small charter plane accidents.

Commercial air travel is insanely safe compared to daily activities we take for granted. For instance, you are 37 times more likely to die in an automobile accident than you are in an airplane accident.

I get irrationally fearful of air travel during take-off and landing (I always imagine the engine falling off or not getting enough lift), but I remind myself of the safety statistics and it makes me feel much better.

btko's avatar

as wildflower said – it’s short for one thing. By the time you take off – get your drinks and meal, watch a movie… it’s time to land.

tinyfaery's avatar

You’re getting agitated now aren’t you? The fear is really in the anticipation; while its happening you’re reacting in a more instinctual manner—fight or flight—. Take an arsenal of distractions with you (some that you get from your friendly flutherites), but don’t think about it too much. When you are actually on the plane do whatever you have to do to get through it. You’ll be so occupied occupying yourself that before you know it, you’re back on the ground.

Egypt? Lucky!

btko's avatar

Where in Egypt are you going?

Poser's avatar

What part of the flying, precisely, are you afraid of? As soundedfury said, you are statistically safer flying than many other things you do on a daily basis. But it’s understandable if that’s not terribly calming. Numbers and statistics rarely are. Instead, consider why you’re so much safer flying.

First, know that your captain and copilot will be extremely experienced pilots, each with thousands of hours behind the yoke of that particular type of aircraft. Consider that even 1000 hours is the equivalent of six months’ worth of 40 hour workweeks. Imagine spending eight hours a day, five days a week, for six months doing nothing but flying one type of aircraft. Your pilots will have done the equivalent of that many times over.

Additionally, each plane must be thoroughly inspected on a regular basis. That includes daily, weekly, turnaround and annual inspections, in addition to engine and airframe-hour specific inspections. Each inspection must be performed by highly qualified maintenance personnel utilizing very specific checklists and equipment.

That aircraft you will be flying on is the product of millions and millions of man-hours of design, engineering, building, inspecting and testing. Every single part used to put it together will have been seen by countless eyes before ending up on the plane. The technology used for the design, production and testing is some of the best in the world, not to mention the technology aboard the plane itself. It has been flown many times before without a serious incident, and it will be flown many times again after you disembark.

Your flight will be the result of the combined efforts of tens of thousands of extremely smart people—engineers, scientists, flight instructors, maintainers, pilots, test pilots, computer programmers—the list goes on and on. Each one of those people has a stake in the success of your flight. They won’t let you down.

Well, they will, but slowly and in a controlled manner.

RAWRxRandy's avatar

-Chew on something
-Don’t read(It causes some to throw up)
-If the movie already started then focus on it entirely.
-Listen to your iPod and blast the spekaers.
-Just put your attention onto something else entirely and close your window,

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