Are you afraid of flying?

Fear of flying - Fear of flying is a complex psychological issue.
By Bala
@balasri (26554)
India
May 28, 2009 12:28pm CST
They say that flying is absolutely safer than walking on a side walk with all the computerization and auto piloting systems in aviation industry.But still I am experiencing different types of landing every time I fly.Smooth,not so smooth and the shuddering thing.The unsecured feeling is always there whenever I fly which I try to overcome by trying to calm myself as being unreasonable .What do you really feel when you fly?
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45 responses
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
28 May 09
Before my first flight, I was very nervous, but also excited. My fears disappeared, though, shortly after that first take-off. I love flying and agree that it is probably safer these days than driving or trying to cross a busy street. I love to get a window seat and look out when flying. Karen
@balasri (26554)
• India
29 May 09
I like the window seat too to peek out and forget the unnecessary thoughts.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
29 May 09
Hi balasri, I like spending my long term holidays by having long distance travelling. Due to this I have lots of flying experiences. I agree with you we always experience different ways of flying off and landing. As far as I know the moment of high risk in flight are both the flying off and landing moment. I always keep myself calm by thinking of those positive things, and I trust the skillful and professional pilots will do their job well. Yeah, we could give it to only the pilots. My friends have the habit to keep on eating sweets to keep themselves to overcome the two very moments. They always bring along a big pack of sweets with them Happy posting
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• China
29 May 09
Hi ikbooi``some of my friends like to eat the chewing gum,they said it will release the bad feeling when landing~~but I like to watch out of the window to see the great view~~lol`~
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@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
29 May 09
Hi tonnytt, I like to sit near the window as well. I enjoy watching the scene outside either the plane is flying off or landing. But it’s rather disappointed that not every time I would have the chance to sit beside it. I enjoy most when landing in a new environment that I first come across
@balasri (26554)
• India
30 May 09
Chewing gum has a different purpose and it always help in clearing the clogged ears due to the pressure variations while flying.
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@dpk262006 (56217)
• Delhi, India
29 May 09
I believe that anything can happen anywhere and one can met with an accident while flying or walking on a road. I do not feel afraid while flying. I believe that the Pilots are very responsible persons and experieced too and they are supposed to look after 200-300 persons on a plane, therefore I need not feel afraid while flying. If any mishap takes places, it will be for all. Troubled landing may be due to many factors and I think, it should not work as a deterrant in flying.
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@dpk262006 (56217)
• Delhi, India
30 May 09
Bala! I hope that you are not pulling up my legs!!
@balasri (26554)
• India
12 Jul 09
I never stoop down feeling for the legs Deepak.
@dpk262006 (56217)
• Delhi, India
12 Jul 09
It means that you are pulling me as a whole
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 May 09
Ahm, nope, Im not really afraid of flying. Ive only been on a plane twice in my life and I was not afraid. Not that excited either.lol There was no turbulence when we were on the plane. I actually feel comfortable enough that it would seem like Im a frequent flyer or something. I love the window seat since I can look at the sky and the scenery below us. I was not airsick or something like that. However, Im not too fond of the feeling of pressure in my ears at some altitudes. I do remember that I liked the flying at the start and the landing. It gives a person that dipping feeling at the stomach and it kinda resembles the feeling while on a roller coaster.^_^
@balasri (26554)
• India
30 May 09
That is a great attitude Bjcyrix.Yes I always look forward to that dipping feeling in my stomach.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
30 May 09
Though I understand that some people dont, its nice to know that you do too.^_^
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
29 May 09
I was never afraid of flying. I fly every day. Especially, when I need to work o my positive affirmations. Sky is pure, vast and beautiful and so will be my life. Flying makes me pure and liberated.
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@balasri (26554)
• India
30 May 09
Anyone with the fear of flying reading these three lines will die for flying the next instant.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
24 Jun 09
Will they?
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 May 09
Absolutely yes, I am too much afraid to fly in the aeroplanes, flights, helicopter. Because of this I rejected the course Aircraft Maintenance Engineering after completed my high school... I had never get into the aeroplane... so I have no experience in flying...
@balasri (26554)
• India
30 May 09
You may overcome your fear if you get a job that warrants you more flying.All the best.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
29 May 09
I also feel unsecured when flying, specially if the weather is bad and I don't really know why! I think this is one of the reason why I can't sleep in the plane when travelling because I want to be aware of what's going on, lol.
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@balasri (26554)
• India
30 May 09
So that you can take control of the things?Sounds good to me.
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
29 May 09
i like flying as it is so time saving and the cabincrew are usually wellmannered but i do get an uneasy feeling or jitteriness while takeoff and landing.
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@balasri (26554)
• India
30 May 09
I agree.Everything that went on well could be undone by a bad landing.
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• Philippines
29 May 09
I would say yes because I'm scared of heights. Although there are no traffic in the sky we also have to consider the tendency to have an emergency landing or even an accident. Because accident will just appear. It is also the same in traveling in a ship or a boat. So for me the most safe is riding or traveling in land, even though there's traffic.
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@balasri (26554)
• India
30 May 09
Of course it is always a great feeling having your feet rooted to the terra firma.
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@biggerb (2028)
• India
29 May 09
I too have had this problem while flying.It does give me a scare looking at the number of accidents that have been occurring.Too many young pilots now we do not know how good they are. This again is a concern.Every mode of transport is actually not very safe, come to think of it nothing is in our hands.Walking on a side walk too is not safe as you find walkers being bumped off.Coming to the flying part of it I get this fear when its about to take off once in the air I completly forget about it, again when I hear the announcement for the landing I get this scare till it lands properly.
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@balasri (26554)
• India
30 May 09
You are right. As so many airlines are sprouting up every day there is a demand for good pilots in the air. It seems anyone who has the money to get trained can become a pilot regardless their attitude. The system may be good in any field but the person who handles it must be better to make it work properly the way it is intended to be. The main problem is the young pilot becoming over confident. In a country where finishing school final itself makes a person think that he is someone great imagine the mentality of the first generation pilots. Not getting the false pride into their heads will help them in a big way in becoming good pilots. Training, talent, alertness and the responsibility should be of international level to make the passengers more confident to fly.
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
29 May 09
On the first few occassions, i did feel very uncomfortable as well and all kinds of things creeped into my mind. However over a period of time, i've got quite used to it and quite comfortable. Sleeping it out helps and so does the on board entertainment which some airlines have nowadays.
@balasri (26554)
• India
30 May 09
If the nagging fear allows you to sleep and listen to the music and the pocket size videos.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
29 May 09
I don't fly all that often and I am usually quite relaxed on a plane although we did have a worrying time once when we flew from Mumbai (then Bombay) to Perth Australia. We left India and after being in the air for two hours the aeroplane began to shake intermittently. At first we thought of common air turbulence but as the shudders became more frequent everyone on the plane became deadly quiet and looked around with eyes round with fear; I was OK until my cup of tea ended up on my lap and it was then I began to feel quite panicky. The Captain informed us that one of the engines had gone and that we were on our way back to Mumbai where we would stay overnight until we could catch another plane home. We did fly home the next day without incident and no it hasn't put me off flying in fact I wish I could afford to do it more often!
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@balasri (26554)
• India
30 May 09
May the fact that you can fly with one engine or half an inch should have instilled more confidence in you in flying.Good to know that.Anyway happy flying.
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• Indonesia
29 May 09
mmmm...I think not. I lived in Indonesia often get news the accident aircraft. Problem that often happens is that the cost of maintenance very low. Can you imagine that cost from Jakarta to Singapore just US$ 60!!! SO CHEAP but logically....your safety so low
@balasri (26554)
• India
30 May 09
That is very cheap.I understood the other things you said too.
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• Philippines
29 May 09
I haven't experience riding on an airplane that's why I have no idea on how to fly. But I do like to fly even I heard in the news about plane crash.
@balasri (26554)
• India
30 May 09
Try it.You will like it.
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• United States
28 May 09
I love flying. I enjoy airports, and actually being in airplanes :]
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@balasri (26554)
• India
29 May 09
Great to know that .In fact flying is in the blood of some people.
28 May 09
Hi bala, I love flying but have not done that for years as I haven't travel abroad or anywhere else, but I do love it even when its shudder, I awlays say if its your number is up its up, you can't do anything about it whie you are up there. Tamara
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@balasri (26554)
• India
29 May 09
So true Tamara.You can never fight with your destiny.
@dodo19 (33043)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
28 May 09
I've never been afraid of flying. Quite the opposite, as a matter of fact. I really enjoy flying. It's something that I've enjoyed doing since I was a child.
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@balasri (26554)
• India
29 May 09
I wish you many more great flyings.
28 May 09
i've never been on an aeroplane and as there are more and more stories appearing on the news of them crashing i don't think i really want to.
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@balasri (26554)
• India
29 May 09
That is what you call the typical fear of flying syndrome.Once you fly you are going to like it.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
28 May 09
Well, I only get scared if there is bad weather because the plane moves kind of strange. I usually pray ,so that we have a safe trip.
@balasri (26554)
• India
29 May 09
They only possible thing to do.Praying.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
28 May 09
I guess for me it's the finality of it, once you are up in the air and there's a problem it's not as if you get parachutes is it! Least with a ship you are given lifeboats and lifejackets, but once the plane goes down, that's it! I think the the first thing that I said when I first went on a plane was where is the parachute, I don't think the people around me appreciated that response, mind you I wasn't that old! Looking back I can laugh but I don't think anyone saw the funny side, and the flight hostess gave me a funny look too when I asked her, I guess when the plane goes down, down you go to and that doesn't give me much reassurance. That is why I very very rarely fly. But I have to admit I did something really brave in 2007 I flew to Rhodes on my own, first time I flew alone, I had to face to fear and I was so glad I did it, but even now I still prefer not to fly unless absolutely necessary. I dream of visiting New Zealand but that's halfway across the world and the lengthy flight puts me off!