Anyone afraid to fly?

Elkin, North Carolina
December 22, 2009 1:00pm CST
I have a problem...I love to travel, but I have an intense fear of flying. I have traveled to many places throughout the eastern United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, but I have never flown. My wife has flown many times and tells me that there is nothing to it. My brother was a paratrooper in the Army and used to jump out of planes all the time and has flown around the world several times. No matter how many times they, or anyone else, tell me that that there's nothing to it, I cringe because I am afraid to get on a plane. I guess it's the same reason I don't ride roller coasters: I don't like not being in control and I don't like the unknown. The bad thing is that I have a trip planned next year to see my brother defend his title at the International Paramedic Competition in Reno, NV (I live in North Carolina) and we are all supposed to fly out there. Have you ever had a fear of flying? How did you deal with it? Or are you planning on never flying?
4 responses
23 Dec 09
I love flying personally, my missus hates it though, she is absolutly terrified, bless her. I can understand why people are scared of it, its quite daunting being 30,000ft in the air, but it is still the safest form of transport.
• Elkin, North Carolina
24 Dec 09
I can definitely see why you would say that air travel is the safest form of transport. Out on the highways, you never know what is going to happen. It's not as much worrying about your own driving, but the other crazy people out there. People drive with complete disregard of the others who are all around them. At least in the air, you don't have to worry about other planes as much, but can just sit back and relax while the pilots look out for everything on the plane. It is still quite daunting though.
• United States
23 Dec 09
I can help. See my video at www.fearofflying.com
@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
22 Dec 09
My husband had never flown before he was 50 years old and then he had to for a position he was interviewing for. He never wanted to fly after 9/11 but knew he had too for this opportunity. His words were "Suck it up". Now he doesn't have a problem. I don't mind flying. If I were you, I would try the roller coaster first. That is a lot cheaper then a flight, if you can handle a roller coaster you should be fine.
@Bambi09 (228)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Ugh!! The first time and only time I flew was to Chicago & Back. It was August 07. SCRIEST THING OF MY LIFE!!! I was so scared.... We took off and I thought we were crashing already. But then, about 15 minutes into, I relaxed, fell asleep and before I knew it I was at O'Hara. I did good. Just alittle freaked out at first. On the way back, I looked out the window for the majority of the time and it was soooo amazing. Semi's looked like periods at the end of a sentence. It was so totally worth it. =]