Just thought i report back on my flight of last week. I won't go into detail as i am losing my privacy otherwise, but it was a former-sovjet state. I had to go there, attend smth + sign a paper and return! Everything went well but yes, i was nervous! The pilot had food 'rests' all over his uniform when welcoming the passengers, not that i care, but its the details that make it extra nervous wrecking. The co-pilot was very nice and talked a lot (we had to wait an hour in the plane before taking off)
I did slip in 2 glasses of wine and a wodka before the return flight. I don't do (much) alcohol otherwise, but hey.
Next flight is already on the 11th, i am not yet nervous which is a gooood sign
Food on the captain's uniform? Ugh!
Originally Posted by halfbunny
Wine and vodka are great coping techniques; nothing wrong with that!
Sounds like your doing well Halfbunny.
Just saw your post. Thanks for the explanation, I wish I would have known this before.
Originally Posted by Jerseyjim
I do live in the Wilmington NC area and it is a pretty good place.
I don't like to fly at all either. I've taken Xanax, I was still scared just didn't give a rip, which I found to be a disturbing feeling all it's own. I have to have some cocktails and even then I end up crying half the time. I have decided that I won't let it prevent me from going places I want to go. I'll just deal with it. That said, it'd have to be an all expense paid trip to somewhere absolutely spectacular.
The argument that you're safer in a plane than you are in a car has never held water for me. There's nothing inherently safer about the mechanics of flying. It's just a numbers game. If we all flew rather than drove, we'd be safer on the ground.
I think your fear of flying may be more of a lack of lack of understanding. I am a pilot with with over 15 years in the industry and currently fly large airplanes a couple of hundred feed above the ground. I am a waterbomer pilot and am in turbulent conditions almost all the time. You would not believe just how much turbulence an airplane can take before coming apart. Here is a link to Boeings 787 wing break test. It is amazing just how much the wing bends before it fails.
Originally Posted by justyouraveragecavemen
Boeing 787 wing break test - YouTube
Haven't read it all, but LOTS of people develop fear of flying once they have kids. The remedy? Fly with them. You'll be so crazy busy, you have no time to be scared. Works for me. Otherwise: xanax.