This is insane...airplane phobia, wow!
March 27, 2008 7:37am CST
I have travelled a lot by airplane...in fact, I have gotten used to travelling by plane, to Manila, to Malaysia, to Thailand, etc. Never did I experience any phobia at all. Recently, we went to Manila (the whole family) and I came home alone. I could not understand, but I was shaking when the plane took off. When we're up there I was shaking uncontrollably, and realized that I have probably developed aerophobia, or fear flying on a plane. Looking back, I guess, it could have been triggered by an experience of airpocket for at least 3 hours going to and from Kuala Lumpur...that must be the single experience which has triggered my phobia. Now, I'm not sure if I'd be ok again. I guess my next travel is on May to Manila...I hope my fear would soon disapper, just like before. Any tips from my friends out there would be most welcome. I truly call it insane, but it's happening!
• United Kingdom
27 Mar 08
I am so sorry to hear that you have got a airplane phobia. This is understandable and may pass before you fly to Manila. I used to hate flying because I got strong ear pain. I flew from 1987 to 1997 with the pain in my ears. Then a friend gave me a pair of ear planes, plastic screw like things for my ears. Since then I have not had many more pain in my ears. Some I would say a positive experience like that made me keen on flying. I hope that you soon feel as happy as you used to about flying. Good luck.
2 Apr 08
it sounds insane but sadly it is true. i did have it about six months ago. i had to fly to Beijing for a work conference and i was scared. but as the flight went on and on it went away and it was all thanks to a little boy that was sitting next to me. i was trying to read my book because i was really scared and this kid was pulling really weird faces at me. and as time went on this kid started making me laugh and before i knew it the flight was over and we landed. after i got off the plane i set out to find this kid and his mother to personally thank them for helping me get over my phobia. about 2 weeks later i received a card in the mail from this kid saying dear mr it is ok. i have some problems please help me. so i did. and now that kid is my son me and his mother got married 2 years later