Most of us wait the whole year to go on vacation, but the fear of flying may add a note of anxiety to the sweet longing.
We decided to learn whether you can overcome your flight fright and found 12 really effective methods.
1. Use theory
Many people are afraid of flying because of their subconscious disbelief that a huge metal thing can really stay in the air. To overcome these doubts, just read some theory.
A short Web search will tell you that:
- Airplanes hold in the air as well as cars on the road.
- Turbulence, simply put, is movement through “rough air” — like on a bad road.
- Flight operators thoroughly plan the flight routes so that airplanes won’t collide.
2. Research statistics
Statistics are your friend because, according to estimates, the chances of dying in an airplane crash are extremely small (1:30 million). For a better effect, compare this danger with other risks.
- For instance, it’s much easier to die from food poisoning than a flight accident.
- The most dangerous vehicle is the car. An airplane is about 6,000 times safer.
- Right now, there are about 13,000 planes in the air, each of them carrying at least one frightened passenger who will be happy when they land safely.
3. Prepare for the experience
Panic often comes to passengers because of the new experience. Our body may react to a change of pressure, so learn in advance what will be happening to you and the airplane during the flight.
- A slight change of how you feel is normal.
- A huge speed at take-off and landing is normal.
- Wings moving in flight is normal.
- When gaining altitude, it may seem the plane has stopped, but it’s not so.