How to Get Over Your Fear of Flying

14 Jun 2011 by Roseann Lahey

Fear to FlyMany people are ashamed to admit that they are afraid to fly in an airplane. Fear of flying isn't as uncommon as you might think. Nearly ten percent of the American population has a fear so overwhelming that it is classified as Aerophobia. This fear can hamper your ability to enjoy exotic vacations or even progress in your career because you won't fly to a business meeting. There are ways for you to get through a plane flight without panicking, vomiting or losing control.

Dig Deep to Fly High

A lot of people that say they are afraid to fly in a plane have never flown in one. The fear that a family member or close friend had is then adopted by that individual. This is the easiest flight fear to overcome. The chances that you will be involved in a plane crash are 1 in 11 million but being in a car accident is 1 in 5,000. You need to look logically at your fear and realize that you are safer in the air than you are on the ground.

The Noise Is Just Too Much

Some air travellers have a fear of flying that completely revolves around the noise of the plane. It is loud on takeoff and many people feel anxious at that time. If this is your issue, you can overcome your problem quickly. You'll need to go to the airport and watch planes take off and land. Familiarize yourself with the sounds of the engines. This will certainly help you to overcome your fear of flying.

I Don't Want to Get Sick

First time flyers tend to be concerned that they will be so overcome by their fear of flying that they will become sick. This does happen from time to time. There are ways to avoid the embarrassment of motion sickness.

While booking your flight, try to select a seat that is closest to the front of the plane. There is significantly less turbulence toward the plane's cockpit. It's also wise to buy a bottle of ginger ale and bring a box of ginger snap cookies. Ginger is known to calm a queasy stomach and relax people as well.

Regardless of where your fear of flying originated, you will benefit by trying to overcome it. You'll be able to visit friends and family that live far away or simply take a vacation to explore the wonders of the vast world around you!

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