Are you scared of flying?

flying...  - does it scare you?
@arkaf61 (10882)
Canada
May 5, 2007 9:59pm CST
My husband's aunt will not enter an airplane. She gets anxious, she panics just thinking about it. She's not even sure of what she's scared of, or even if something scares her or not. It's just the idea of getting into a plane, being in the air. My husband loves flying. So do my kids. Me, I"m in the middle. I'm not scared, and it's one of the means of transportation that doesn't get me sick. I love to be up there and look down. But if I can drive, I would probably choose that instead of flying. Mostly because I get too bored when traveling and i like to make stops every once in a while. Sure can't do that on the plane LOL How about you... do you like flying? Are you scared? Or it doesn't have any special effect?
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
6 May 07
I love to fly.. looking down at everything. My husband absolutely hates it and when we go on our trip this summer, he plans on taking Benadryl so he will sleep the whole flight. As for making stops while flying, You could always get a flight with layovers, then you would get off the plane in various different airports. I did that a few times on trips to Florida from Illinois. So far, I've been in 3 different airports on layovers. At least then you could say you've been other places..lol.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
6 May 07
hehe yes that is an idea. But there isn't much between here and England to stop I think , unless we could land on the back of a whale LOL
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
6 May 07
I will not get on a Plane either I am totally scared as I would wonder all the way if it is going to crash and I would probably have a Panic attack lol I have no intentions of ever getting on Plane so I hope there is somewhere in the UK where they Dolphins for me to swim with lol
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
6 May 07
It doesn't really bother me, but I hate to have to be cooped up specially if it's for many hours. SO you would like to swim with the dolphins? My daughter dreams about that too :)
@Fishmomma (11423)
• United States
6 May 07
I don't mind flying, but hate the check in process at the Los Angeles Airport. The long lines and all of the luggage checks means a very long day. The last time I flew my luggage went by UPS, so I just had a carry on and that was a quick way to fly. No lost luggage and it arrived in excellent condition.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
6 May 07
NOw that was a good idea. I never had any luggage lost but my mother in law did. They found it but it took about 4 days!
• United States
6 May 07
Actually I've never been on a plane, believe it or not this comming August will be my first time on one, since my mother in law is taking us on an all expenses paid trip to Vegas. I am afraid of it, but at the same time, I am excited about flying. Everyone tells me it's a good feeling. Sure I'm in fear of things going wrong, who isn't, but I'm sure once one is up there, all you really think about is you destination.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
6 May 07
I agree that it's a good feeling most of the times. I don't like turbulence because I get sick, but usually is fine. I usually don't think about anything in special, not even my destination, unless it's something I"m really excited about.
@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
6 May 07
Some people have this phobia indeed. The psychologists explain it with the supressed feelings- as it`s with the fear of water. I have more fear of water. I like to fly.And i often fly in my dreams. By plane or like a bird:-)
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
6 May 07
OH I Love water. And even though it's so easy for me to get car sick I don't get sick on a ship. I traveled from Portugal to Brazil by ship and I loved it!!! Of course it took us much longer than by plane but we were not in a hurry and it was great:)
@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
6 May 07
I'm not scared of flying. Statistically, we're more likely to be involved in a car crash than a plane crash, simply because we're in vehicles every day and we all know there are drivers out there who don't pay attention. Even so, I say a quick prayer when I board the plane and then enjoy the flight.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
6 May 07
You're right. Statistically the odds are good :) I like to take a few books to read if I get nervous for some reason, concentrating on reading really makes the time pass really fast.
@SKLC_PT (1234)
24 May 07
I love flying, I've never gotten airsick, sure I might get a bit nervous sometimes, but I love it... watching the scenery underneath, the houses, the ocean, the millions of lights... at a certain point the scenery reminds me a lot of the inside of a computer, there's those little dots, the green patches, brown patches... it looks a lot like the processor, memory... so I find it look quite funny. I love watching everything, and trying to figure out where I am, what I'm over sometimes can be fun. I don't mind what part of the plane I'm on, as long as I'm next to the window I'm happy (: my mom gets way more nervous then I do. I tend to giggle a bit when I get nervous, and it doesn't usually last all that long, more during take off and touch down, maybe with turbulence, but I usually like it ven though it makes me nervous, sort of like the way I like fast theme park rides, they make me nervous but I love it for some strange reason. I might be annoying to the other passengers though, I start talking to whoever is next to me sometimes and just go on and on and on lol.
• United States
8 May 07
Personally I like to keep my feet on the ground, so to speak. I have flown in the past, I count it as twice since I had to get back on the plane to come home. The first time I was excited, I couldn't wait to get up there and be able to see the clouds and such, but that all changed when we flew into a storm. I had never been so scared in my life. All I could think about was the plane crashing and the free-fall feeling I knew I was going to be feeling anytime. Thankfully it didn't happen. When we landed I saw trees uprooted, cars flipped over ect... I think that scared me even more. For the return trip they actually had to medicate me. I swore I would have walked the 1500 miles back home if they would have let me. Everyone laughed when an episode of Simpson's came on where Marge was running back and forth on the plane screaming, let me off, let me off and they hadn't even left the airport yet, they say it is me to a tee.
8 May 07
I love flying, the whole experience. I get a real kick out of flying to different places, but my ex husband was a dreadful flier, always moaning and whinging about being too hot or two cold in an aircraft.
@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
7 May 07
I love flying. The best flying experience that I have ever had so far was when I was invited to fly in a vintage World War Two fighter aircraft in Switzerland. the two seater plane was really awesome for site seeing from the air. The canopy was left open and when the plane went upside down, it felt as if I was really flying like a bird.
@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
7 May 07
i have never been on a plane but i have been in a helicopter, and i loved it, so maybe one day i wouldnt mind trying to go on a plane, i think i will be nervous at the start because i know i was when got on the helicopter and one thing im scared of heights mind you i cant even walk up a ladder.
@KimMaple (1195)
• United States
7 May 07
I am VERY scared of flying and I have never been on a plane.
7 May 07
i love flying, i think its so fun, for my 7th birthday, we went to spain, and on the flight as a birthday treat the captain let me look about his area and i was given a free gift from the air line and a card from the captain that was like the best birthday i had lol ((after that holiday i broke my finger HAHA put a major bummer on me))
@cerium (691)
6 May 07
I suppose that no one is afraid of flying. They are just afraid of falling. Flying is a good thing and it has really been the dream of human since the begining of history, but since we don't control our flight (we only sit in that metal thing that takes us up into the sky), some of us get afraid thinking that they might fall. I have no problems with flying what so ever. Since I was born, I've been to airports and got on planes every year in my childhood, so I can say that I am quite comfortable with it. I did see some people panicing, but some other (like you) just get tired either for sitting so long, or from medical conditions (like pressure or difficulty in breathing). While others just can't get into a plane. I think it's mainly a psychological reason; it' like a phobia from flight. However, I think they are missing lots of fun.
@13days (98)
• India
6 May 07
nopes...never!
• India
6 May 07
well, sometimes people are afraid of things because of some past experience. sometimes they hear about the gruesome details of a plane crash or lose someone close to their heart in a crash and then they develop a phobia of aeroplanes. they are even afraid to go near it. in such conditions maybe a psychiatrist can help them out.
• United States
6 May 07
I am terrified of flying. A few years ago a flight from Mexico to LA crashed in the ocean. That was supposed to be my flight. Somehow we were able to change flights for the 45 people that were on the trip with us just a week before the trip. I wathced that flight board. I also have a lot of 9-11 paranoia as well. Besides the fear of flying, I don't think I could take my kids on a plane. I would just rather drive.
@brand4less (1061)
• Indonesia
6 May 07
i only afraid to fly only if i must take domestic flight. recently many flight accidents in my country,that's why.i will not afraid if using foreign airline companies :)
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
6 May 07
I'm a bit anxious about flying, although my mother in law is scared of flying and always has to have somebody with her.
@pagli84 (1850)
• Netherlands
6 May 07
im not terrified of it like your husband's aunt seems, but i am scared every time i fly. i dont want to die so young, so im always scared that the plane will crash. but i pray a million times on the plane, and usually that makes me feel better. the weird thing is that i travel by plane a lot, so i should be used to it by now, but im always a bit scared. i guess its because of all the plane crashes in the past few years. you never know what's going to happen, but i guess you can say that about almost anything.