Fear of Flying Stop your Fear with these Simple and Effective Ideas

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Fear of Flying Help!

Fear of flying is a problem that most of us encounter at some stage in our lives. Most of us have a small amount of anxiety when getting on that plane for the first time, but sometimes it can turn into a crippling full blown panic attack. And that's not good at 35,000 feet up in the air.

The one thing that I have noticed about boarding a plane for the first time, or even after many times, is that you never know when that fear is going to hit you. Its one of those things that sometimes you just cannot control. I remember distinctly a woman sitting behind me on the way back from Corfu.

We had to fly through an electric storm. I first noticed a sort of tapping on the back of my seat, and turning around I noticed that she was not tapping but shaking in her boots! The plane was seesawing through the air, all that turbulence, and she was rocking in rhythm! She didn't just have a fear of flying, she was absolutely petrified! I am still not sure to this day whether it was just the flying, or the storm. Maybe both. Her husband wasn't doing a very good job of helping her, all he did was pat her on the shoulder and say there, there!

I don't think anybody who has never had a fear of flying can actually understand the terror that goes through your head when you are bouncing up and down in your seat in turbulance. Just because you are told it's a normal part of flying, it will not necessarily mean you understand that, and calm down.

So what can you do?

How Do You Stop Your Fear Of Flying?

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Things to do to Stop that Fear of Flying

  • Always presume that you are going to have a panic attack on the plane. This may sound dumb but hear me out. Its best to come prepared. you don't want to be too confident and then fall into little pieces when you board the plane. Plan your fear action.
  • A few weeks before flying, start relaxation techniques. Breathing in and out slowly while imagining you are on the plane. Listen to CDs of soothing music while practising in your mind how you are going to sit, stand, listen and watch that plane take off. The power of suggestion is a great way to overcome your fear of flying.
  • Visit the airport a few times before you travel. Watch all the planes taking off and landing, it sure puts it into perspective when you see how many people fly each day.
  • Think about the cabin crew. Just think, how many times do they do the same trip every day, or week? They wouldn't put themselves in danger deliberately would they? If they thought that flying was so dangerous they would be in another job!
  • Buy over the counter calm tablets. Make sure that any medicine you take is compatible with them first though. We don't want you flying without the plane!
  • When you first enter the plane, take calming breaths and watch the other passengers. This may sound obvious, but it does help seeing them smiling and laughing. After the first few minutes of feeling claustrophobic, you will start to feel more relaxed.
  • If you feel you need an alcoholic drink, just have the one. Remember, you are in a pressurised cabin, you don't want to end up drunk! Just the one will calm your nerves. Trust me, I know!
  • Get a Cabin Crew member to sit with you. They will put your mind at ease better than anything else.
  • Take note of all the Panic Instructions. Where are the doors? How do I put on a Life Jacket? etc. This may sound like counter productive, but believe me, it makes you feel more in control. Trust me.
  • Watch an inflight film. Makes the time go much quicker. Or listen to music. Not heavy metal, that may just make it worse! Especially if you start head banging. Um.
  • And last but not least, remember, There are more car accidents every day than there is in a plane. But you wouldn't stop driving, would you?

Classic Twilight Zone Scene with William Shatner

Film Fact!

William Shatner never actually said 'There's something on the wing some thing' It was poetic licence courtesy of Jim Carrey! He actually said 'There's a man out there'! So if you want to watch an Airplane film, Carrey is your man! laughing is great for stress!

There's Someone On the Wing... Some...Thing!

Things NOT to do to Stop that Fear of Flying

  • DO NOT watch scary plane crash films in the weeks before you fly. Obvious? No. You wouldn't believe how many of us do that. Um!
  • DO NOT drink too much alcohol to get yourself completely squiffy! As I said above, too much will affect you more because of the altitude. And the other reason is that it may not work. When you are sober you can control your emotions better. If drunk, you may just get a major panic attack and try to open the plane doors! Or get arrested. Enough said!
  • DO NOT hyperventilate. For anybody who doesn't know what happens when you go hyper, you breath too quickly, then blood rushes too your head, and you pass out! Just remember, breath easily and slowly. It really does work.
  • DO NOT get up in a panic and rush around the plane screaming, Let me out, Let me Out! Sounds drastic? It has been known to happen. If you feel as though you are going to burst a blood vessel with panic, call the air stewardess she will know how to calm you. Don't sit there until you think you are going to throw up. Ask for help. Just talking to one of them makes such a lot of difference. I have seen it. No, it wasn't me, honest!
  • Take your medication if you have any, before you board the plane. And if you are allowed, take an aspirin too. They help to stop blood clots at the high altitude. This is sometimes what causes someone to panic. Will I get a blood clot? Can I breath at this altitude in a pressurised cabin, and so on. We don't want you scrabbling around in your bag trying to find your meds and then panicking even more.
  • DO NOT lock yourself in the toilets thinking it will make you feel better. What's going to happen if you pass out? Yes, exactly!
  • And last but not least, if you need to clutch hold of anything to alleviate your fear of flying, make sure its something like a stress ball. Not the person in front of you. One person in a panic is bad, two is catastrophic!

Air Stewardess or Cabin Crew courtesy of public domain
Air Stewardess or Cabin Crew courtesy of public domain

Are Breathing Exercises A Good Idea?

For some, breathing exercises do help in stressful situations, but there is another study on this matter that claims otherwise.

Captain Tom Bunn is an Airline pilot of 30 years, and an author who has studied various methods to overcome the fear of flight phobia. His program SOAR is designed to cure claustrophobia, panic attacks and anxiety.

To read more on this subject please click Here.



Fear of Flying? No way!

By taking notice of these tips on how to stop your Fear of Flying, you will learn how to enjoy the flight as well as the vacation. Its not much fun when you are scared, but it can be a terrific part of the holiday if you enjoy it. I know, it took me a while, but I ended up being so excited about the flight, I loved it as much as the vacation. In fact in one instance I sat staring down out of the window looking at the mountains, fields and even the little trains going through the villages. It was magical. I even got to see the Alps in full spectacular color. Wonderful.

So get rid of that Fear of Flying and find your wings. You will be glad you did.

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uzma shaheen 4 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

Nell, When I board a flight for first time, it was an awfull experience. I started having feeling of vomit. I wasn't aware of such things. but my father and air hostess was very helpful. after that experience I started taking medication before boarding.

its very informative and helpful hub.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Nell....I will have you know, my dear English friend....I never feared flying at all. Flew all over....hawaii, numerous States and much of Europe....I was the happy world traveler............Until 911.(Scares me to death).....as well as the "SECURITY de Paranoia," shoes off, jewelry OFF, purse handed over and rifled through, Xrays, body scan, pat-downs (by mean, ugly women) extra cost for baggage......uncomfortable seats, crying children.....exhorbitant flight prices........Yes, yes! I FEAR it ALL!

Your hub is excellent and has some GREAT advice......and I still have a new-found FEAR of flying!! Thank you for trying!! I appreciate you, Nell!!! UP+++


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

I love this hub, thanks for posting on Facebook Nell! I especially enjoyed the things not to do while preparing. You mean to tell me I shouldn't be drinking excessive amounts of alcohol beforehand?! LOL

Great job, Voted up, useful, funny, and sharing! :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi uzma, that must have been so frightening, I am glad that you overcame it with medicine, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi effer, that was the thing that really put the spanner in the works so to speak! not only the actual incident of 911 but all the security afterwards and the fear of the plane being taken over, its enough to make anybody scared to death! that sounds horrible all that security checking, I hear that its got a lot worse now than it was before, I do understand it but its a bit off putting when you are scared in the first place, thanks so much as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi josh, lol! it has been done and I have seen it! yuck! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Nell, These are awesome tips! I will be sure and plan ahead for my panic attack...why didn't I ever think of that! I used to love to fly. I still would with the best medications and I'm not talking over the counter ones! Haha!

Many years ago I was flying from New York to Florida and we hit a storm. The plane was literally dropping and dropping and going back up...there were about 30-40 professional football players on the plane...they were laughing and drinking until we hit the storm, they all turned pale...yep their expressions scared me more than the storm.

I kissed the ground when we landed in Florida! I bet those big boys did too! I'll share this hub with everyone who ever tells me they are scared to fly! Well done!!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Your welcome anytime! :)


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Things really do happen and who can be so confident that this one isn't it? ! I say take a Valium or whatever knocks you out and wake up one place or another! As you can tell I have a fear of flying!

Oh and was surprised to hear Kate is a few months older than William! Do you get sick of me talking about your royals? Sorry, you just always remind me!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Linda, that must have been terrifying! I would have lay down on the ground and stayed there! it was bad enough flying through a storm, all that lightning and bumpy plane, and of course just the turbulance itself scares me half to death! I can never sleep on a plane, just in case we hit the turbulance and I wake up and wonder where I am! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks josh!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Jackie, lol! that's a good idea! be like Mr T, I aint flying, I aint no fool! haha! yes kate is a bit older but I can't remember by how much, and no I don't mind you talking about the royals especially if I remind you of them! haha! Princess Nell of Marlovia!


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Hi, Nell

Lots of great tips! I was actually terrified of flying until I was in my late 20's, early 30's. Had done it once and vowed never again. I then went on a course run by British Airways and although I will never like flying, at least I could get on a plane after that. The morning consisted of a scientific talk on the safety of flying compared to other modes of transport - the afternoon was an actual flight and I ended up getting invited in to the cockpit. Obviously, that was pre 2001...

The worst experience I ever had was on a flight from Munich, Germany to Heathrow. Everything was fine until the last half hour before landing at Heathrow when the turbulence was unbelievable. At that time, I lived in Uxbridge and could have been home in twenty minutes by taxi but I remember heading straight for the first bar when I got off the plane.

It's been a few years now since I've had the opportunity to fly but I will definitely bear your tips in mind should I ever decide to do so again! :)


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mattdigiulio 4 years ago

Here's an odd question: why do pressurized cabins affect alcohol consumption? What a thought provoking topic. I definitely have anxieties, never before flying, but only once in the air for a couple of hours. But these tips certainly help. Love the advice to visit the airport beforehand to see planes come and go with ease. Voting up. Sharing. Matt


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Gordon, yes that turbulance always does it! I know its only natural and happens all the time in a plane, but that doesn't help my stomach! lol! thanks for reading as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi matt, thanks for reading, I thought it did affect the body with only one drink of alcohol, but I just looked it up because of your question, and it seems it doesn't. But I don't believe that, I know that I feel more drunk after only one, maybe it affects people differently, along with the stuffiness on the plane maybe that is what makes you get a headache quicker too, but a great question! thanks!


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Jlava73 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

The first time I flew I was terrified. I still don't like flying but I have never been one to let fear get in the way of something I really want to do. I love your tips on what not to do :). A good book often helps ease the anxiety too. Excellent resource for those of us who are not such big fans of flying.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Hi, I follow all these. Fear of flying has plagued me all my life. I still fly a lot. With summer holidays on will be flying back home. I found this hub very useful. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Jlava, I think we all have that fear of flying whether we like to tell anybody or not, its just the fear of the unknown, and yes a good book really does help, I tend to do that too, thanks again for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Vellur, its good to know that however scared we are, we don't let it ruin our vacations or need to fly, sometimes we have to grit our teeth and just do it! lol! thanks!


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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

Wonderful tips. I am flying in a few months and I haven't been on a plane in almost fifteen years. I never liked it much because I get motion sick, but since September 11, it's been more about fear than dread of getting sick. This is a very timely hub for me and thanks so much for sharing.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Crystal, good luck, I am sure you will be fine. Its always worse when you haven't flown for a long time, I think we build up the fear and make it so big it gets much harder to get on that plane, but I am sure this time you will be fine, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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blessed365 4 years ago from New England

You are right about not watching those scary plane crash movies or those Air disaster specials before you fly. I think the less I knew about the planes the better off I was. I got those disaster specials in my head and I be looking for everything and listening for all the noises. Not good. I try to read the magazines and pray much.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

These tips will come in handy the next time I board a plane. The last time I did, I was on one from North Carolina where I used to live to Montana where I lived for three months. I had some major anxiety going on but kept it to myself and stared out the window. I silently suffered the whole way. This could have been a big time help for me then. Thank you for sharing this Nell Rose, so helpful and you wrote it with the intention of helping others. Voted up, awesome, and useful :)


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

These are useful tips, Nell. I haven't been on a plane for several years, but I certainly didn't like the turbulence when I flew! It's scary. It is wonderful to look at the landscape below while sitting in the plane, though.


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

These are very good tips. It's a bit scary to be on a plane when there's turbulence, but nothing to freak out! As far as having a drink, I don't know if that is a good choice for those who are scared of flying. What if they flip out in a rage or get rowdy? Lol. During a flight, try to fall asleep soon after you board if you can.


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I always try to sit by the window so I can look out and enjoy the view. I have a fear of heights but it doesn't bother me in an airplane because I know that I can't fall out through the little window.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Excellent hub Nell! You're right about how fear of flying can be conquered, no matter how bad it is. A guy friend of mine was petrified of flying at one time. His Mum came to the rescue. Jake was very technical minded, loved engines, technology etc. So his Mum managed to get him manuals on plane engines - these books explained back ups, safety, how they work, tested and are monitored and all positve things about the nuts and bolts of planes. Firstly, he was so enthralled by reading this tech stuff on the plane the flight was over before he realised it. Secondly reading about all the safety things planes have in place boosted his confidence. So with his reading material, relaxation techniques and so on, it wasn't long before he was a passenger who loved flying!

A great hub and I know for a fact that Jake would approve your advice! Voted up!


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Interesting hub, Nell Rose. Thanks for putting all this together.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hi Nell, thanks for the do's and don'ts of flying. I'm not a fan of flying. Too scary for me. The imagination just won't quit. Maybe I should hyperventilate to pass out. Then I would wake up at my destination. :-) Of course, if that's what I wanted to happen, it never would. Anyway, I'll try them next time I'm headed for that tube in the sky. Voted up


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks blessed, yes they can be frightening I am glad you have your own way of relaxing, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Olde Cashmere, thanks so much! I think flying is one of those things that everybody is fearful of. most of us even the modest seasoned traveler will fill a bit scared knowing that we are up there in the air! lol! thanks nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Alicia, yes I love staring out the window, especially above the clouds and then seeing through the little gaps, its a great experience, even if it is a bit daunting, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi lovedoctor, yes sleeping is probably the best way to go! lol! drinking can have one or two affects sleep, or going nuts! haha! thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi christopher, that sounds like good logic to me! I think that fear of heights is because as you say, out in the open, but looking down from a plane is a bit surreal, so we are okay up there, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi seeker, what a great idea! Jake certainly did it the right way, and as you say if we know how the plane works, all the technical stuff then it can calm you down, its the unknown that terrifys us! thanks for the vote, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks sandra, my son gave me the idea, he didn't like it yesterday! lol! now he's in Cyprus he is fine though, thanks!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I used to be afraid of flying, especially of turbulence. But then I started seeing such flights as car rides and the turbulence as bumps in the road and eventually my fear disappeared. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Cynidi, lol! that would be a great way of flying! knock me out too! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi alocsin, that's a good way of looking at it, I think If I flew a lot I would be okay, but as its only occasionally the fear creeps back up again! lol! thanks!


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bac2basics 4 years ago from Spain

Hi Nell. I once vowed and declared I would never fly again...but you get over it and it has to be done. Now I don´t mind it one bit. Here´s a couple of tips for overcoming walking on to the plane, or anywhere when you are feeling nervous..Don´t force yourself, just float. That´s right , take a good breath, let it out, waggle your shoulders and arms and let them hang loosely by your sides. Then imagine yourself floating along...float onto the plane or into the meeting or whatever and float to your seat. I also Imagine myself to be riding on the back of a huge white swan when I fly, if it gets a bit rough I say in my head " Ok swan..stop messing about now and calm yourself down" Both suggestions may sound daft, but they work for me. Great hub once again Nell and voted you right across the board.


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p10kabhijita 4 years ago from India

I know a lot of people who can benefit from this. Sharing this right away. :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi bac, that doesn't sound daft at all, its a great idea, by making yourself relax and float it takes away that horrible pit in the stomach feeling, and visualising a swan is brilliant, I will have to try it the next time I fly, thanks as always, nell

Hi p10, thanks so much, glad you liked it, cheers nell


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

My dad has a fear of flying. It really is paralysing. While I don't enjoy the take off and landing portions, I have flown in the past. Your hub is very useful and packed full of information, thank-you.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Christy, I am sorry your dad is so scared of flying, funnily enough so was mine, but my mum was alright, in fact she flew around the airbase in a Spitfire! lol! true story! she was a sergeant in the war and they were allowed to have a go, she said it was the best thing she ever did, lucky thing! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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ignugent17 4 years ago from Central Illinois , USA

Thanks for the tips Nell Rose. I will share this to my sister she is really scared of flying . voted up.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi ignugent, glad you found it helpful, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

My Ma HATED flying. I have a theory, the smarter you are, the more phobias you have, me? I love to fly, and this, as always, is another fun, useful entertaining hub from our Nell! Love yaz, lily


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Hi Nell -- I'm one of those folks that absolutely cannot get past my fear of flying. I'm an idiot about heights (which most folks like me only suffer on mountain tops not airplanes). It's even worse for me on an airplanes. I'm extremely claustrophobic so when that door closes so does my ability to breathe. It makes no difference where I sit, who I try to talk to or how much I drink -- every flight is a white knuckle experience for me...and would you believe I traveled all over the U.S. doing trade shows for years and had to fly to them and back home every time? My fear of flying has never lessened but I make myself do it if a trip is an emergency or otherwise unavoidable. I'm aware there's more danger in automobiles than planes but guess my thinking goes to at least in an auto crash I don't have 35,000 feet of space to fall before I hit the ground. I know I'm incorrigible but doubt at this age it will change. Thanks for all the good tips and there's a couple you mentioned I haven't yet tried -- but, next necessary trip... Best/Sis


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi lily, how you doing? actually I think you are right there! the smarter you are the more terrified! lol! lots of people especially younger ones don't care, maybe its because they are still in that denial age! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Angela, I know what you mean about a long way down! lol! the thing with me is that if I fly in the day I am not too bad, but I hate night flights. they turn off the lights and just leave a little one on and that scares me half to death! haha! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very Thorough, comprehensive guide for the flying jitters. I really don't much like to fly. Voted helpful and shared!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi rebecca, thanks so much and I am glad you found it helpful, cheers nell


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

There is a very good hub. You have lots of good advice here and my brain listens to it, by heart still says it's scared. I have flown 6 or 7 times now, and I am getting a little better, but it still scares me. I always hold my husband's hand during take off and landings. I nearly cut of his circulation! Great hub and good suggestions, I will remember this next time I have to fly. Voted up and useful!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

My sister and father are terribly afraid of flying. I used to be more scared, but have gotten used to it in recent years. Super hub with lots of great information to help people deal with the fear of flying. Rated up!


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peoplepower73 4 years ago from Placentia California

When I fly, I just think about all the planes, world wide, that are taking off and landing sucessfully. Statistically speaking, flying is the safest mode of transportation. That has a very calming effect on me. Thanks for a great hub, voting up, useful, and sharing.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

It's kind of weird, I don't usually panic when I'm up there...it's the going up that bothers me the most. I had a panic attack one time, my husband calmed me down, and then he started having the panic attack. It was like he absorbed it for me! Poor fella. Anywho, nothing really works to calm me down except for praying! Voted up and useful, though. :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi sgbrown, yes I totally understand the hand holding thing! lol! the first time I flew was back in 89 and I was fine, maybe because I was younger then! but when I started again in 98 and was scared completely! I think it was because I was older and thought about it more! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi steph, thanks so much, I just hope I can remember all my own advice when I fly again soon, lol!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi people, yes you are so right, I always look at the other planes and think, well, they are okay! and it does make me feel better, until I get on the plane then the panic starts! lol!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi kitty, I love the take off, and for a while up there, but then the panic starts in the middle! lol! I am sorry but I did laugh, you panicking and then being calm then your husband panicking! mind you that made you feel better looking after him! maybe that's what we should do? look after the panicking ones! thanks as always, nell


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

What sound advice on both the 'to do' and 'not to do' lists! It is always difficult to deal with fear no matter how we got it. A bad experience always makes it worse of course...who am I kidding, if you're scared you're scared. I think your tips will help.

I don't mind flying, I just don't like taking off and landing...so if I could figure out how to just fly without the take off I'd be fine.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Tills, lol! yes if you are scared you are scared! I try and put it in perspective, but it never helps! but after doing these things above, it does calm me down somewhat! I actually love the takeoff, not so much the landing! thanks as always, nell


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Nell, these are some great tips on what to do and what not to do. I have only flew twice in my life and I was a little scared at first. I wish I would have read these tips 3 years ago. As you said, you don't want to be up in the air not knowing what to do. Very detailed and useful article Nell. Best wishes.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi lyric, thanks so much, I was terrified the first time I flew, but now I am not so bad, its just the getting on and sitting down gives me a panic attack! lol!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Nell, some wonderful tips here for those who get jittery on flights. I like these tips. Of course getting caught in a turbulence, when the aircraft is a frightening experience but these tips will surely make flying easier.

Voted up and useful and shared for benefit.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

So dry true this article another fear of flying. Even down to the youngest of age. My 2 1/2 year old niece just went to Disney with my brother and sister-in-law and was saying before boarding the plane that she was scared and not getting on the plane. Very valuable and informative information here. Thanks, am voting it up and sharing too.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi rajan, thanks so much! I know what you mean about turbulence! lol! it can be quite frightening, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Janine, I hope she was okay? once you get on the plane its not quite so bad, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Nell, she was OK and finally fell asleep on the plane, but my poor sister-in-law who is already a nervous flier was left worrying during that whole flight. Thanks again for this informative read!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Janine, thanks for coming back, oh your poor sister in law! lol! I think its bad enough when its us that's scared of flying, but when you have a little one with you you tend to panic more because they may start to cry or get really scared, hopefully she will be fine next time, thanks!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Glad to come back and totally felt for my sister-in-law on this one, because I agree it is bad enough when we are scared, but when your child is too and you have to keep it together to keep them calm when you are already are scared is the worst. My niece is resilient though and seems to have no memory of that thank heavens for small favors.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thank goodness for that! lol! children will get distracted easily and next time she will probably not even remember being scared.


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Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

Hi Nell. I had a few random thoughts after reading your hub on this important subject.

•My late aunt was afraid to fly--even after 13 years of psychoanalysis!

•I thought that I'd heard all of the synonyms for drunkenness. But "squiffy" is a new one on me. (My favorite is "sh**-faced.")

•A common blood pressure med--Propranolol--can sometimes prevent panic attacks, and is used to treating phobias, like public speaking. Caveat: Do not take Propranolol if you're asthmatic.

Voted up and interesting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Larry, lol! yep squiffy fits the bill! I am on propranolol and I am asthmatic! what's that about? the doc gave me them, I will have to go and check, thanks, 13 years of psychoanalysis? wow! lol!


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Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

Hi Nell. Here's the quote from the Wiki article on this med:

"Propranolol is contraindicated in patients with:[24]

* Reversible airways disease, particularly asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)"

This doesn't mean that Propranolol is necessarily going to kill you if you have mild asthma, as I do.

My understanding is that Propranolol partially counteracts the epinephrine that your body naturally produces. When people have life-threatening asthma attacks, epinephrine injections can be very helpful.

In a perfect world, you and your physician would balance the risks against the benefits of any medication that he may prescribe. Of course, you have veto power over your physicians recommendations.

Here's the catch: Most physicians are too busy to explain the real risks. When their patients ask about side-effects, they spout generic platitudes about being careful when one is driving, etc.

When you ask about side-effects, you want to know about all of them, including the ones that can kill you. But in physician-speak, "side effects" are the less serious and most common ones. The less-frequent and potentially lethal ones are called "adverse effects."

Physicians tend to assume that their patients are too stupid to make informed choices about medications. That's one rationale for withholding essential information.

Whenever you're given a prescription for a new med, you should check out all of the side-effects on a reputable website. If your physician has withheld essential information, then "read him the Riot Act," to use a quaint American expression.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks for the info larry, I will go down and check it out, I was only given it in the first place to help my thyroid illness, long story, thanks so much.


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Voted up!! I enjoy flying thanks for the helpful tips


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

I appreciate your reading again thank you!


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ryokowaren 3 years ago from USA

Great hub. Voted up!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks ryokowaren, glad you liked it, nell


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Capt Tom Bunn 20 months ago from Easton, Connecticut

Some of these tips are fine, but breathing/relaxation exercises are completely useless, and if you depend on them, you are setting yourself up for failure. They will not prevent high anxiety or panic during takeoff or when in turbulence. Read the research at http://bit.ly/1q2ocSq.


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Hi Tom, thank you for the added information, as you can see I have added your link and bio to the above article, very interesting read, nell

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