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I'm Scared To Fly. I'm Afraid Of Flying! How Can I Fly Without Fear?

Updated on July 31, 2013
Fear Of Flying Turbulence and Panic Attacks
Fear Of Flying Turbulence and Panic Attacks

What causes people to have a fear of flying? If you suffer from this awful phobia, what is it about the plane that triggers your anxiety? Is it the aircraft itself, being in confined spaces, turbulence or something else?

I will be the first to admit I'm petrified to fly. I have a severe fear of flying. The problem though is that it hasn't always been the case and I just cannot pinpoint how or when it began. But it's getting worse.

Statistics, if they count for anything, tell me flying is safe. Millions of people fly safely every day. You are safer in the air than driving a car.

This may be the case but it is difficult to recount these comforting facts when you are in the midst of a panic attack at 30,000 feet above sea level.

During my school days, I flew to Japan to enhance my Japanese language skills. Scared? No.

At the conclusion of my VCE (Year 12) I flew overseas just with two of my closest friends. Scared to fly? No.

I got engaged in Israel. I recall the flight being bumpy and we even flew through a pretty severe lightening storm. Fear? Nope!

Like I said I do not know where it started but it's arrived!

As a child I loved flying.

Loved the take offs. Loved the landings. Loved everything.

I even 'encouraged' my parents to have connecting flights where ever possible to have more take offs and more landings when ever we went on holidays.

I was fortunate. We had family holidays regularly as I was growing up. We flew to exotic overseas locations. Vanuatu. Fiji. Malaysia.

I even did the 12+ hour flight to America to enjoy Disneyland and Universal Studios.

Back then smoking was allowed on flights. We sat in the smoking section (I guess it was cheaper) and I was ill the whole way. But scared to fly? No.

What was the trigger?

Was it those air crash investigation shows on television?
Was it since having children and having 'more to loose'?

I knew something had changed when I grabbed my husband's arm. Squeezing. I was scared! Turbulence.

I can comfortably plan a holiday. Book a flight. Pack my bags. Drive to the airport. Check in. Walk to the departure gate. Watch planes take off and land. Board a plane. Take off. And land for that matter. It's just turbulence. It petrifies me.

Any bump. Shudder. Shake. Petrifies me. I'm even feeling quite anxious thinking about it now.

SOAR Fear Of Flying

Every flight I've taken since my children were born have seen me get progressively worse. I panic. Panic attacks. I want to get off. I admit I even shouted out loud once.

Sounds funny now. Sounds funny to someone not in fear but it's not.

You know I even had my student pilot licence at one stage. Flying a cessna aeroplane. Bumpity bump. No fear then. Just now.

Are you scared to fly?

What is your greatest fear?

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Not Unsafe. Just Uncomfortable

A recent planned family holiday brought with it a need to deal with this...for the greater of my family. I'm unpleasant to fly with. Let's be honest. I started looking into fear of flying courses, fear of turbulence. Boy they are expensive. What price does one pay to free themselves of this illogical panic attack?

I chose to 'self cure'. Well attempt to self cure. Google style. You tube style.

I earn nothing from telling you to visit this site, SOAR, Fear of Flying other than satisfaction that it may help you too. Watch the videos. Watch the simulations. Download the iphone app too if you can.

I have learnt that

"Turbulence is not unsafe. It is just uncomfortable"

I think I said this line at least 1000 times on my last flight. I survived.

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      WorkAtHomeMums 6 years ago from Australia

      I also believe it is will power - the mind is a powerful thing. thank you for reading.

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      WorkAtHomeMums 6 years ago from Australia

      Do you think you can pinpoint where it starts? The trigger? It is not pleasant at all is it.

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      WorkAtHomeMums 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Claudia. It is illogical mind games really. Brain can play lovely tricks can't it. Thank you for your feedback.

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      many people face fear of flying, but fortunately I don't. But I think it can be overcomed through will power. I wish you could overcome your fear of flying. interesting hub, thanks for sharing.

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      ladeda 6 years ago

      I've traveled since I was young, frequently going on family trips here and there. I was never scared to fly, not at all, but recently I noticed I get unnerved at the most random times when I'm flying. I hope it doesn't progress to panic, but it's certainly interesting how the mind works. Fine one moment, and not so fine the next.

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      Claudia Tello 6 years ago from Mexico

      Good for you! I am glad you wrote this hub because I am pretty sure that overcoming fear of flying/turbulence is quite easy. I started feeling it at some point too and lost it just by deciding that this ridiculous fear wasn’t going to drag me down (yes, I overcame it with will power, sounds a bit farfetched but it is the truth). I am certain your experience will be useful for many others in the same situation.