I have to take a flight in July and honestly, I think about it everyday because I'm so scared. I am just afraid that it's my luck to be on the plane that crashes. I just keep thinking of the one thing and that's the plane crashing.
I am from Nova Scotia and when the Swiss Air flight went down in Peggy's Cove, I couldn't picture myself getting on a plane again. It’s been 14 years since I last flew and thinking about it is making my nerves bad
Any suggestions? Or even advice?
In Flight Explanation 1
I continue to remind fearful flyers that everything we do in life involves some level of risks - going to the supermarket, crossing the road, taking a shower and many other simple chores. Flying is just one of those small risks. In fact, flying is one of the safest modes of transportation. That is why I am more fearful driving to work than flying on a plane!
In spite of that, surveys have still shown that only around one in sixteen is really comfortable flying and that one in six would avoid flying if they can help it. So you are not alone being scared to fly.
Let me go back to basic again. Flying fears are attributed to at least 5 causes. Firstly, there are those who have no confidence in planes, fear it would crash and they may die. (Do you belong to this category?)
Then there are those who are claustrophobic - fear of confined space, lack of air, choking and unable to escape.
The third causes are those who are fearful of height - fear of falling down.
The fourth one is panic attacks - loss of control of body, fast heartbeat or shallow breathing resulting in dizziness and disorientation.
The final cause is attributed to the fear of the unknown – those who have never flown and continues to fear flying
Well then, how to overcome it? It is not a quick fix but I have mentioned before that the best way to overcome it is to is empower yourself with knowledge. I have been doing my best in this site for many years now to explain things like, how plane fly? That wings would not snap in turbulence (except in extreme ones where no sane pilot would ever venture into one); aircraft can glide with engines failure; understand weather and turbulence; how planes are regulated for safety and being aware of the sight, sound and vibration of the planes.
Kindly view the two attached videos and also browse through the answers in many topics in this site.
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