Are you afraid of flying?

@grump0ne (981)
United States
November 2, 2006 12:47pm CST
I am planning a trip in April with my family, have never flown before, have a big fear of it...any tips to make this easier?
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39 responses
• United States
2 Nov 06
I took my first trip back in August. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Here are some of the things that I found to be useful. Take Dramamine, they have a non-drowsy one. OH, if you have young kids, make sure that they aren't complaining of an ear infection or any kind of ear pain. If they are, I'd take them to the doctors just incase. Many people say to chew gum during takeoff & landing. I found that eating peanuts helped alot! I'm not sure how old your kids are so I don't really know what to suggest about them. I guess anything to keep them busy & occupied. If you have one of those portable dvd players, or they can listen to music or read a book/magazine. Of course, get to the airport early too. Good Luck & Have Fun!!!
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@grump0ne (981)
• United States
3 Nov 06
thank you for advice, my children are 13 and 10. have a good day
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
2 Nov 06
I was petrified the first time I flew, but I do have a few tips. I LOVE flying now if I could afford to I'd take a flight somewhere and back EVERY day! First tip would be to get a window seat, its comforting to see the stability of the plane gliding through the air and to be be able to look outside the window and focus on something other than where you are, in the plane. If you can, sit in a seat near the wing of the plane, the centre, because it is a much smoother flight. During take off, close your eyes take deep breaths and focus on something positive, like your kids faces when they smile. Good luck, I am sure it will go smoothly, hope Ive helped a little...
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
2 Nov 06
Thanks for advice..I also dont want to panic my kids with my fears either. so gotta put on a happy face. thanks for reply
• United States
2 Nov 06
don't be afraid. Easier said than done, I realize. I've flown hundreds of tiems in my life. It always comforted me to know that it was safer than driving anywhere, more injuries and more deaths happen in vehicle accidents than in plane accidents by FAR. Looking at the beautiful clouds out the window helps sooth your soul. Being above the clouds is a unique view you can only get by flying. It is especially gorgeous at sunset or sunrise.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
2 Nov 06
I was thinking about an inside seat, looking out the window might make it worse...thanks for reply
• United States
2 Nov 06
I am not fond of flying even though I do it when I really want to go places. I get anxious and nervous when we take off and land. I try to occupy my mind by reading magazines or sleeping depending on the flight. I would suggest to have a small blanket or pillow so you can get comfortable. For some reason flights are always kinda cold to me. Keeping the mind from dewelling on flying sure dose help me to get through it. Good luck!
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@grump0ne (981)
• United States
2 Nov 06
Thanks for advice..gonna be hard not to dwell on it though. have a good day
@Tanya8 (1734)
• Canada
2 Nov 06
My tip is to expect unusual noises and vibrations and know that they're nothing to worry about. When I first started flying, I was terrified by every whir, buz, and the shaking that goes on as the plane speeds up down the runway. Now that I've flown a lot, I see other people gripping the handrests and looking panicked, and laugh to myself that I ever used to be so worried. Just think of it like a car; when an automatic transmission shifts gears, you hear the engine making a different noise. Because it's so common to travel by car, most people never think twice about it. If you sit by the wing, you should also know that it's normal (and necessary) for the flaps to change position. People, including me when I first flew, often get frightened when they see parts on the wing moving.
• United States
2 Nov 06
I completely forgot about the noises & vibrations! Luckily I fell asleep on the way home so I missed them all. I didn't like it when the plane was turning either...as strange as that sounds. I didn't mind the take-off but the landing kind of got me a little sick...all I can say is Thank God for Dramamine!!!
• United States
2 Nov 06
I completely forgot about the noises & vibrations! Luckily I fell asleep on the way home so I missed them all. I didn't like it when the plane was turning either...as strange as that sounds. I didn't mind the take-off but the landing kind of got me a little sick...all I can say is Thank God for Dramamine!!!
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
2 Nov 06
thanks for that advice..would have had a heart attack if I heard weird noises from the plane...
@morenita (331)
• United States
2 Nov 06
if you're afraid of flying you should under no circumstances look out the window!!!
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
3 Nov 06
lol..thanks for the tip, but the temptation might be too great. Yes I have the fear but if gonna do it I want to take in the view, may be the only time I do it.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
3 Nov 06
lol..thanks for the tip, but the temptation might be too great. Yes I have the fear but if gonna do it I want to take in the view, may be the only time I do it.
• United States
2 Nov 06
I'm not afraid of flying but I hate the takeoff and the landing parts...my recommendation for the takeoff and landing is to close your eyes and hum a tune it calms you and distracts you as well. Keep busy on the plane read books play games with your family. It will go by quicker if you keep busy.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I am hoping to be able to do that. as with any fear(if you have any) it is always in the back of your mind.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I am hoping to be able to do that. as with any fear(if you have any) it is always in the back of your mind.
@disvachic (10121)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I am scared myself
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
3 Nov 06
thanks for reply
@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
3 Nov 06
Don't be anyting that could possibly be miscontrued as a weapon. Tweezers, nail files... etc. Don't worry about it too much. Your chances of being in a car crash are greater than of being in an airplane crash.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
3 Nov 06
looks like i am not the only one double posting..lol. hit submit button nothing happens so go back and do it again..lol
@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
3 Nov 06
Don't be anyting that could possibly be miscontrued as a weapon. Tweezers, nail files... etc. Don't worry about it too much. Your chances of being in a car crash are greater than of being in an airplane crash.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I am going empty pocketed.. dont want nothing to go wrong
@zeus1a (1048)
• Netherlands
2 Nov 06
Well fear is well understood.I dont know if i can give any tips, maybe just go to the airport a bit before flying and go around so you get familiar with the whole procedure.In some places i think they deliver some kind of courses to make you feel better.I fly almost once a month and i never had a problem. Good luck!
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
3 Nov 06
thanks for advice..have a good day
@suzieque (2336)
• Canada
2 Nov 06
I've only flown twice in my life and I was very scare the first time cause I'm afraid of crashing and heights. But once you get up into the skies, it's really not scary at all so don't worry about.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
3 Nov 06
thank you for help...have a good day. will have to start a post in April to let all know how it went.
@nake89 (557)
• Finland
2 Nov 06
Let me make this clear to you. You have bigger chance dying in your home than in a plane crash. If your fear isn't of a crash, then your fear is... useless. Simple as that.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
3 Nov 06
thank you for making that clear..have a good day.
• United States
2 Nov 06
take a downer or a muscle relaxer!!!
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
2 Nov 06
thought about that too. But if I am gonna do it would like to try to stay awake and try to enjoy it. may be the only time it happens...thanks for reply
@brown2654 (452)
• Pakistan
2 Nov 06
well actually i like FLYING n ilove to fly n i m not afriad of that lolzz thnx
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
2 Nov 06
thanks for reply
• Indonesia
2 Nov 06
yes i'm afraid because In a car, if you crash, it's going to happen quickly and unexpectedly. On a plane your going to have a few minutes of terror before you hit the ground.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
2 Nov 06
that is my thought also, I tell this to my wife all the time.. thanks for reply
• United States
2 Nov 06
There is nothing to be afraid of.I flew for the first time in 2004 and it was a breeze.Take some deep breaths, and don't be neverous and afraid of it because you will be only hurting yourself.Be brave and strap in and enjoy your first flight.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
2 Nov 06
I am gonna try, for the kids, gotta get them to florida and disney land. thanks for reply
@kutchi (12331)
• Pakistan
2 Nov 06
No, I am not afraid of flying
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
2 Nov 06
wish I wasnt...thanks for reply
@sweetcakes (3505)
• United States
2 Nov 06
i guess i will have to say yes i have never been on a plane i'm afraid of heights.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
2 Nov 06
thanks for reply
• United States
2 Nov 06
I am afraid of flying, but I love to fly. I love the airport and the hustle and bustle and the little shops. I say for tips, bring a pack of gum with you,it helsp if you get an earache. Everytime I fly during take off and landing my ears hurt pretty badly.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
2 Nov 06
its good you are able to over come your fear. hope i can do the same...thanks for reply