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    Does anyone here have an unhealthy fear of flying? I didn't mind my first few flights as they were on a large plane and largely turbulence free. Then I took a shorter trip on a little plane in a storm and now I have anxiety attacks (nothing I can't endure, but certainly uncomfortable) whenever I have to fly. My last trip involved a couple anti-anxiety pills washed down with a couple beers, anything beat that?
    If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

  • #2
    Come on, man.

    You die you die, what's the big deal?

    Flying is the coolest thing in the world, don't hold your petty little life so dear.

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    • #3
      I'm sort of the opposite--I love flying. My dad has his private pilot's license, and he owned a plane while I was growing up, so I've been flying all my life. Unless it's really, really bad, I think turbulence is sort of fun. My partner is not as comfortable with it, though, so he usually has a couple of drinks in the airport before the flight. I think it's helped him to have a partner who likes it--my enthusiasm is contagious--plus we do a lot of international travel, so the combination of repeated experiences and the promise of a cool destination at the end has helped him get more comfortable with it.
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      • #4
        I travel a lot, and have had several frightening experiences in planes, but have not yet developed a fear of flying. I guess the excitement of going to a new place wins out over the fear that I may not make it there. Anyway, I do have a friend who has a bad fear of flying, so I got her this book which helped her a lot: Amazon.com: Ask the Pilot: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel (9781594480041): Patrick Smith: Books

        It explains about all the different sounds you hear in a plane, and when you should worry vs when you shouldn't.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by palebluedots View Post
          I travel a lot, and have had several frightening experiences in planes, but have not yet developed a fear of flying. I guess the excitement of going to a new place wins out over the fear that I may not make it there. Anyway, I do have a friend who has a bad fear of flying, so I got her this book which helped her a lot: Amazon.com: Ask the Pilot: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel (9781594480041): Patrick Smith: Books

          It explains about all the different sounds you hear in a plane, and when you should worry vs when you shouldn't.
          Thanks, I'll look into that.
          If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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          • #6
            I also loathe flying and have suffered debilitating anxiety and panic attacks, but have been coerced into flying from NY to Florida in September. I'm going to see if my neurologist can get me some Xanax or something. So. Yeah. Me too, no good answers. One thought is to help define why you're afraid of flying. Is it heights? Control issue? Fear of Authority?
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            • #7
              I was going to ask what specifically goes through your head during those high-anxiety moments.

              I get stressed before travel because I am really excited about going somewhere, and because airports stress me the fuck out. The crowds, the chance of getting pulled aside for a random check etc. I have to stop thinking about what's ahead and take it one step at a time. First, get tickets. Now I wait in line. Now I take off my shoes etc. It helps that security is much more strict now, actually, because EVERYONE has to go through the scanners and such. There is less singling out. Once I'm on the plane, I get anxious until we start to move, and then I'm just excited to see the clouds.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by carlh View Post
                I also loathe flying and have suffered debilitating anxiety and panic attacks, but have been coerced into flying from NY to Florida in September. I'm going to see if my neurologist can get me some Xanax or something. So. Yeah. Me too, no good answers. One thought is to help define why you're afraid of flying. Is it heights? Control issue? Fear of Authority?
                I forget the name of the drug I got, it wasn't Xanax and it also didn't work too well. I think what causes it is the heights, maybe a little claustrophobia, probably lack of options in the event of an emergency more than anything. Contrary to this stellar advice:
                Originally posted by The Return of Dado View Post
                don't hold your petty little life so dear.
                I happen to hold my petty life pretty dear, so do my kids. Maybe that's it, too, fear of leaving the kids alone.
                If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                  I was going to ask what specifically goes through your head during those high-anxiety moments.

                  I get stressed before travel because I am really excited about going somewhere, and because airports stress me the fuck out. The crowds, the chance of getting pulled aside for a random check etc. I have to stop thinking about what's ahead and take it one step at a time. First, get tickets. Now I wait in line. Now I take off my shoes etc. It helps that security is much more strict now, actually, because EVERYONE has to go through the scanners and such. There is less singling out. Once I'm on the plane, I get anxious until we start to move, and then I'm just excited to see the clouds.
                  Specifically? Wow, I dunno, how about falling for like 3 freaking minutes waiting to crash? Security doesn't bother me, I hope I get violated this time. I went through one of the x-ray scanners in Miami and got a good chuckle out of that.
                  If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                  • #10
                    That book sounds like a good option for you then! I guess I get a bit zen about the whole potential for death thing. I'd likely be flying with the only person I'd want to say goodbye to anyway. It's probably the one situation in life that I could get zen about, I am anxious about practically everything else.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                      That book sounds like a good option for you then! I guess I get a bit zen about the whole potential for death thing. I'd likely be flying with the only person I'd want to say goodbye to anyway. It's probably the one situation in life that I could get zen about, I am anxious about practically everything else.
                      I would be screaming "I told you I didn't want to go on this damn vacation!"
                      If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                      • #12
                        I don't fly enough to be afraid of it. I'm anxious until I get back on flat, dry land, but it's not fear (unless you count my fear/ distaste for hordes of people being close to me.)
                        My fear that's a long similar line is heights that move. Mountains? I'm fine. Planes? Those heights don't bother me either (yes, the plane's moving, but I'm not afraid of the heights there)? Put me on top of a telephone pole, a tall skyscraper, or the St. Louis arch and watch me go screaming for the center of the room away from the windows and the swaying sensation. And you'd better not expect me to jump off or out of something perfectly good and stable either.
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                        • #13
                          I tweaked my enormous fear of flying into a "normal" disliking of flying. Whenever i have the possibility to go by any other means than a plane, i do it. This sometimes means i have to leave 5 or even 20 hours earlier, my boss doesn't pay for that. When avoiding planes is possible, i do it! Because i like trains and boats and busses and the true feeling of travelling it gives. I am also really good in sleeping on chairs and/or working on laptops in busses. While the stress level i get from airports or planes is insideous. It also feels so unnatural and disconnected, flying that is, which is a mind game, i know.

                          However, i did get myself on a plane last January when i had to cross a significant sea. I even looked into other means of travelling, yes, but in the end, lots of chocolate and wine helped me through! No real tips here, only to find out what causes your fear. I realised mine is a dozen of things, not only emotional but part to a distaste of flying short distances in Europe and the BS that is..

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                          • #14
                            I have more of a fear of crashing. The flying part is no sweat.

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                            • #15
                              I used to have severe anxiety attacks while flying. One day I just told myself to "let go". Accept it for what it is and that there is nothing I can do to control the situation. I gave up control. Now, flying is completely enjoyable, again...well, I do have a two year old, so as enjoyable as that can be! But, seriously, just decide to let go.
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