Fear of Flying
Monday, 22 February 2016 18:03
Overcoming Fear of Flying
Hello Captain Lim!
I'll get straight to the point: I'm deathly scared of flying again.
I used to be a great flyer - I actually always looked forward to getting on an airplane and not having to think about life for ten hours while being served some great airplane food and dessert.
I believe what really affected me was the disappearance of the MH370. I had a short flight after those news. I was somewhat okay until my second flight back home. It was kind of turbulent. I was still okay afterwards.
Two summers ago I flew across the Atlantic. That was also fine. When I was going back to America, however, I lost it. It was all good until the plane started shaking. I was able to control myself until people around me started screaming. It felt as if the plane was free-falling for a couple of seconds, it felt like a free-fall ride at an amusement park, just at a larger scare. Then I went into panic mode. I couldn't breathe; it felt as if I was having a heart attack. I had scary thoughts of the plane crashing and my family and I not making it out alive.
I have another flight of ten hours in three months and every time I think about it, I can't help but have visions of an airplane dropping. I don't know what to do; I'm really scared.
Please help me Captain Lim.
I appreciate how you feel after being a great flyer in the past. What advice I can offer is similar to those that are already found in my website.
For more, I can only refer you to an ex-airline captain who has treated many fearful flyers successfully. I found him very knowledgeable and passionate in the field of helping others who are afraid to fly. He is Captain Tom Bunn and is based in the USA. You can contact him for a course here or get a copy of his book on Fear Treatment here You can also read one of his latest article ‘Fear Can Make You Believe the Worst Will Happen. How?’ here.
Alternatively, I know of a very good Fear of Flying Forum here. This Forum was set up by Carlos Roberto. Incidentally, Carlos was once a fearful flyer and used to visit my website about 15 years ago. He is now a very confident flyer and has gone on to help others. You can participate in this Forum and share your stories as there are many who are just like you.
If you have not read my very simple book for the layman, LIFE IN THE SKIES, everything you want to know about flying here, I have mentioned him as one of the person who encouraged me to write my book. Perhaps you may want to get a copy of this book!
You can also read some of the answers in my Fear of Flying column here.
This is what I have written many times about fear of flying in my site...
"Flying is many times (around 10 times or more – depends on the airlines) safer than driving. I know statistics does not mean much to someone who is afraid to fly but think about this. Everything we do in life involve some degree of risks; going to the supermarket, crossing the road, walking up the staircase or having a shower. Although there is some risk in flying, it is just one small risk. I feel safer flying on a commercial airplane than driving to work!
So while flying is safer, it is not risk free. We must not think safety means an absence of accidents."
Read more about aviation but avoid watching videos on Air Crash Investigation in the National Geographic Channels. Knowledge is one of the antidotes of flying fear.
All the best to your future flights!
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