The plane is one of the safest forms of transportation. But it is still estimated that about 60% of passengers have some discomfort, fear (or even terror!) from flying. But don't worry: being afraid to fly doesn't mean you have to stop traveling!
Below, we leave you 8 tips to overcome the fear of flying. Because nothing should stop your dream of knowing the world!
The truth is that turbulence is very normal. Airplanes ride over the currents of wind as boats ride over the currents of the sea. Turbulence is like a wave, which happens simply when there is an "interference" in the air, causing the plane to rise, descend or oscillate in its path.
The best part is that just as boats are built to cope with sea waves, planes are more than equipped to cope with the slight turbulence we experience during our flights.
LEARN THE FACTS
Phobias are irrational so when anxiety peaks it is important to be prepared with facts. Did you know that the chances of having a fatal plane crash are 1 in 11,000,000? And that even in the event of an accident, the probability of survival is 95%? On the internet, there are many facts about airplanes, how they work and what kind of equipment they have that can help you when the irrational fear of flying arises.
They can also inquire about air transport safety on the internet. Check out the latest statistics on the IATA website (updated annually).
CHOOSE A COMFORTABLE SEAT...
A very important factor in reducing anxiety is ensuring that you are comfortable. Prefer the seat over the window, in the middle or in the hallway? Check in early to ensure you are seated at your favorite seat. If you can, upgrade and business-class travel too - extra comfort can help you relax more on the flight.
… AND ON THE FRONT OF THE PLANE
We all know that the seats at the back of the bus are the most turbulent - and the same is true on airplanes. The places ahead are also (as a rule) the places with the most silence. In most aircraft, the engines are located underneath the wings making the seats in front of the wings better protected from the noise they produce during flight.
VISIT THE COCKPIT
Most pilots like passengers to pass by in the cockpit to say hello to them (but just before takeoff!). If you are one of the first to board, take the opportunity to ask if you can take a ride in the cockpit. Knowing the people who will be responsible for the plane and seeing the dashboard at work is a great way to feel more confident during the flight.
TAKE SOMETHING TO DO ...
Do you like to read? Watch movies? Playing cards or video games? The most important thing is to find something that entertains you on the trip to have fun and distract from the irrational fears that may arise during the flight.
... OR SLEEP!
If the trip is long - and especially at night - enjoy sleeping! Sometimes it takes more preparation to sleep on board - wear comfortable clothes, warm socks, carry a pillow, and an extra blanket if you are cold. But sleeping on a long trip is the best way to get you through quickly and quietly!
DON´T STOP TRAVELING
Above all, whatever your fear of flying, don't let that keep you from traveling. The only way to overcome our fears is to face them!