A Fear Of Flying is very common. If you, like many others, love to travel but have a fear of flying we understand. Everyone's fears can have different levels of anxiety or fear and be for different reasons. We aren't going to be able and fix this fear, but we would like to help calm some of the anxiety you may be feeling.
for the airport:
Watch youtube videos of planes leaving and coming. Be sure they are real-life videos so that you can see how many airplanes come and go a day.
Learn about the built-in safety features of the planes.
Learn all about the built-in features of planes and how it works.
Also, check out cool videos like THIS ONE with the extra safety features as well!
Take a flying lesson.
If you have the time, plan yourself a flying lesson! There are many different options of how this looks - bring up google and check this out in your area!
Small area to prepare
At home make a small area for yourself to sit. Watch a movie or read a book in this area. This will help you prepare for how it will feel in the small area, replicating the seat that you will be sitting in.
See a therapist
Therapists are very common and can help work through fears that you may have, that could be bigger then just 'be calm.'
Pick a seat that helps you avoid your trigger.
We suggest the aisle seat. You have easier access to stand up (when it's appropriate), go to the restroom. Especially if you have a fear of heights this should help.
at the airport:
Plan extra time
If you would normally get to the airport 2 hours before your flight - plan 3 hours. This will help you do the following steps of preparing yourself for the flight and not having the anxiety of hurrying through check-in & TSA checks.
Watch out the windows
There are large windows throughout the airport. Use the extra time you've planned to take deep breaths and watch the planes come in and out. You will see how many planes come and go within a short time, helping you feel confident during take off!
On the plane:
Tell a flight attendant your fears
Flight attendants want o know. Most of them have seen every type of fear and can help you through it. They will keep an eye out for you during the flight as well! They got your back:)
Josh’s least favorite part of the flight experience is taking off
and my personal least favorite part of the flight experience is landing (and turbulence). To help during these times we watch shows, or I focus on making the girls comfortable. A great technique we’ve seen others use is breathing techniques. Here is a list of breathing apps to help!
Use the distractions
Use the distractions you’ve packed and prepared with. This is your moment, enjoy your flight!
Flying facts to
help your fears:
Flying is the safest form of transport
A plane can fly safely with just one engine. Most planes have up to 4 engines.
Oxygen masks really do work!
In absolute numbers, driving is more dangerous, with more than 5 million accidents compared to 20 accidents in flying. A more direct comparison per 100 million miles pits driving's 1.27 fatalities and 80 injuries against flying's lack of deaths and almost no injuries, which again shows air travel to be safer.