I know people who look at the Flight as “part of the vacation experience “ (that’s me!). I know people who just don’t particularly like to fly because of inconvenience, but do anyway. I know people who will NOT fly under any circumstances. All are different, but have one thing in common….they all have some level of “fear of flying”. The only difference between them is how much their personal desire to travel will over shadow the fear.
Even I admit that every time I see a plane or fly one, I say the same thing…”That is amazing that that tin can with all that weight and those flimsy wings can actually fly for hours and hours!” It can actually freak me out! Personally, I will make no bones about it…do what you have to do, take a valium or have a drink…but get on that plane! A whole world of adventure and opportunity is out there for you to explore. So let’s break it down and figure out a way to “Get on that Plane”!
When most people are asked about why they are afraid to fly, they talk about the lack of control that they feel when riding in a plane. Add to that the fear of turbulence, heights, claustrophobia, the strange noises they hear and the basic lack of understanding how planes fly. In total, it is actually ignorance & irrational thoughts that make us afraid. If you think about flying logically, statistics show it is 30 times safer then driving in your car! Your chances of being involved in an airline accident are about 1 in 11 million. Compare that to your chances of being killed in an auto accident – 1 in 5000! You are more likely to get killed DRIVING TO the airport than flying to your destination!
Logically, aircraft today is designed and maintained meticulously. Take into account the incredible # of flights daily and the # of fatalities and the airlines have a stellar record! If we all had a lesson in Aviation and understood more “How” planes fly, most of our fears would be erased. I mean, think about it…”Why do pilots and flight attendants work on planes everyday? They understand them! If they were so risky, why on earth would they work on them? (We know it isn’t because they are getting paid millions!) It is because they have knowledge and trust in aviation.
But let’s think on a personal level…
With the prevalence and need for airline travel in todays modern world, it is almost archaic for someone to say “I wont fly”. It is almost as ridiculous as hearing some one say “I will never go on the internet!”
There are so many great reasons to FLY….
Family lives in different parts of the country (if not world!)
Your children want to go to Disney!
Your job requires that you be in 2 cities in one week.
How do you explain to your children that you are afraid of flying? Or do they just accept that they will never take a family vacation to an island, visit Disney, see the Grand Canyon, take a historical trip to Europe. Sure, you might say that you could drive there…but you can’t drive over an ocean! Are you really prepared to go through life without ever playing with your child on a beach on an island. For me, there is nothing more precious than experiencing the wonders of the world with your kids and leaving them with those memories. I will never forget when my parents took me to Jamaica when I was 11. The amazement has imprinted in my mind forever.
How do you tell your boss that you cannot attend that sales meeting across the country? Do you just forgo a promotion because of your irrational fear?
How do you face life knowing that you will never see your grandchildren who live 3000 miles away? Are you really going to let fear stop you!
Now let’s try to think about this logically. You need to have trust in the Pilot and crew. Don’t you think they have a families they want to get home to? Their intention is to tuck their kids in at night and kiss their spouse. Remember the statistics! Let’s talk about the danger of driving a car?!! But you still get in one of those every day.
I say, take the responsibility to learn the simple principles of Aviation, seek out the safety records of your airlines and research studies on risks. Educate yourself, because “Knowledge is Power”, power to conquer your fears! And if all else fails…take that valium or have that cocktail….BUT JUST GET ON THAT PLANE!!! SEE THE WORLD!