Feel safe while flying

Feel safe while flying
Tips before travelling

Does your heartbeat increase when the aeroplane you’re sitting in begins moving along the runway? Do you breathe more shallowly? Do you feel a rising sense of panic when the plane takes off? Many people might have felt this in a mild way, but soon forget it as the plane begins climbing into the air. They settle back comfortably and enjoy their flight. They don’t give being stuck in a metal tube kilometres above the ground a second thought. 1 in 6 adults, however, have at least some fears about flying. For some, this fear of flying can be incapacitating and unnerving. Some people may try to avoid flying altogether wherever possible. This is unfortunate as flying has become a part of modern life. Visiting family, going on holiday or taking a trip for work may all require you to face your fears of flying.

The first thing to face about the fear of flying is that it is an irrational fear. Flying is actually one of the safest forms of transport. It is safer, for example, than travelling in a car. Millions of people in thousands of aeroplanes fly every year (there are on average 11,000 aircraft in the air every minute). Out of all those flights, an aeroplane crash is a very rare occurrence. Perhaps because it is so rare, the media reports disproportionately on air travel crashes and complications. This out-of-proportion reporting may give the impression that modern-day air travel is more dangerous than it actually is. According to a Harvard study, your chances of dying from a plane crash are 1 in 11 million when travelling on a commercial airline. If you are still convinced you will experience a crash, comfort yourself by knowing that statistics show you are more likely to survive a crash than not survive it.

A fear of flying can still be incapacitating even if it is not a rational fear, and it is something that people have overcome. There are online courses available to coach you about how to feel more safe when you fly. Books have also been written about this subject, providing detailed guidance towards breathing more easily and slowing down your pulse rate on a plane. As a feature of the fear of flying is anxiety, all strategies and methods to cope with anxiety should be considered, including getting medical assistance from a doctor. Meditation helps many people around the world cope with anxiety, and practising mindfulness and deliberate breathing will help you stay calm during your flight. Hypnosis, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) have also proven useful in the goal of overcoming a fear of flying.

You can even create a written list of reminders to take into the plane with you and read. These may include:

  1. The plane is designed to fly and is built to be safe
  2. Turbulence is natural and won’t damage the plane
  3. The plane has many backup systems
  4. The pilots are highly trained and excellent at their jobs
  5. Millions of people fly every day and land safely