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1. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Do you love to travel but secretly afraid of flying (especially the moment the plane speeds up and takes off on the runway). What goes through your mind at this moment?

I've seen many TV series depicting how some planes crash into the runway because of bad weather during takeoff; the nose slams onto the tarmac and the plane disintegrates into pieces. Another is how a section of the plane rips away in mid-air and passengers get sucked out into the sky at high speed, while strapped to their seats! That's scary! But, I choose to brush aside such images. I think of reaching my beautiful destination.

How do you handle it?

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

I generally don't fear flying, although the slightest deviation from what I consider a 'normal' flight is sufficient to get me panicking. But then, I don't like flying anyway, not so much because of my fears, but because it is soooooo uncomfortable (and polluting).

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

I've seen a lot of those movies, tv series and documentaries, too. But somehow, those pictures crossed never my mind while on a flight. I'm more concerned about what food they're going to serve , what movies are available (if not on a budget flight), and of course, the beautiful destination. :)

I wonder if they've ever put any of those air disaster theme movies on their in-flight entertainment (IFE) system.

[ Edit: Edited on May 16, 2008, at 8:38 AM by Hien ]

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

[quote=HienI wonder if they've ever put any of those air disaster theme movies on their in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. [/quote]

Snakes on the Plane was shown on a flight from Houston to Chicago - so says our friend who was on the flight. It was followed by Seinfeld episodes.

I'm not afraid of flying and actually enjoy it. But, I've never been keen on take-offs and landings. I also don't like sitting right over the wheels because of the noise and thumps when they are retracted. The older I've gotten, the more anxious I become with turbulence too. Anything that goes up and down, leaving my stomach in my throat scares me a bit. Never comfortable flying in storms but find the view fascinating just the same.

I do love a good airplane disaster movie.

[ Edit: Edited on May 16, 2008, at 9:00 AM by Isadora ]

5. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 8y

I don't think I'll ever be able to sit on a plane which is taking off/landing and not have a little voice at the back of my head saying "you know this plane's going to crash and kill us all don't you?". I blame Air Crash Investigation.

6. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Quoting BlankFrack

I blame Air Crash Investigation.

Spot on! That programme's haunting me!

Think beautiful destination. Think! Quick! Think! Think!

7. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 8y

Quoting BlankFrack

I don't think I'll ever be able to sit on a plane which is taking off/landing and not have a little voice at the back of my head saying "you know this plane's going to crash and kill us all don't you?". I blame Air Crash Investigation.

On the bright side: I have noticed that in the last series, they have a not of flights, on which problems occured, but didn't crash in the end, so I guess they covered all crashes in the show already, which says something about the number of actual crashes that occur.

For the most part I like flights, I don't really mind the take off or landing, but I like to watch outside of the plane, when it's making adjustments, so I can see where the horizon is. So a windowseat, please!!!

I had one pretty terrible flight once from Madrid to Granada. At take off I already noticed a lightning bolt in the distance, and that was the start for a flight with a lot of turbulence, and I can understand people that have a flight like that for their first flight, that refuse to fly again.

8. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 8y

I understand how you could be scared of flying, alot of people i know are, but i myself have never been bothered by it. I look forward to the take off and landing because something is going on. I do think that being in the sky is quite boring and find it very hard to sleep. I find myself looking at the GPS maps on the entertainment system and looking out of the window, thinking "oh we're currently flying over spain" then right after thinking it looks the same as the last place.

9. Posted by sammarie (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

I'm very nervous when flying and don't deal with it too well :(

I usually put headphones in to block out noises. It helps a little especially when the engines seem to cut-out after a while and the noise lessens (I've been assured this is normal??)

The longest flight I've been on was 4 hours. I'm not confident about how I'll cope on my own during long haul flights when the time comes. I have never stood up on a plane in-flight so will be terrified when going to the loo!!

Oh well, I'll confront my fears when I have too

10. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

I love flying because it means I'm going to a new (or known) destination.
take off is for me ok lets go,sometimes I miss it because I'm asleep.
Landing and the short time before the plan touches ground is always exiting for me,I wonder how the pilot in charge handles for example aproching Quito,not every pilot can fly to Quito.
Had 2 scary flights in Chesnas between Panama City and San Blas Islands,thunderstorms and a lot of water on the short runway right in the middle of the village made the the plane skitter around like crazy.
My sailer friends where asking me for my camera and said:lets take a photo
"Marlis and her last smile".Have a little souvenier from this flight,havy turbulances
rippet my seat loose and I bumped with my had against the ceiling so I have a small scar on my forehead.

1x also Panama City to Boca de Torres when it started to rain like hell plus lightnings and havy turbulences,no fun at all.
still like to fly in small planes what is good because leaving the Island means flying out,like it or not.