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

oh Tway,you made me laugh...
Children like the pets appart from us .....yeh,let them kick the seats of there parents in the family class.

32. Posted by Falukozi (Budding Member 56 posts) 8y

I love flying and everything about being in the air.

the thought of where I am going to go and how cool airplanes are just gets me through everything including hte horrid food and the cramped spaces.

my suggestion tho would be to go sky diving. not only do you have the wonderful thrill of jumping out of an airplane but you will never question the safety of a commercial plane again once you see what we go up with.

33. Posted by aghman (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

I used to be very nervous while flying, even though I had to travel for work. Every time the plane would change direction, altitude, or hit bumps I would get more and more anxious.
I started feeling better about it once I started listening to air traffic control on United Airlines flights (channel 9 on your music selector) I would get a heads up for when there was going to be turbulence, I'd get to hear about all the other flights, etc. Now, strangely, I can relax through just about anything (except for high winds close to landing time.)

34. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 8y

im a big ol' scaredy cat when it comes to flying. but i love to travel. catch 22.
i always cry at take off (landing not so much), and i hate it whenever the plane makes a sharp turn (especially while its still climbing. eugh! *shiver down spine*). i cant help but imagine a gust of wind hitting the wing as we turn making the plane tip too far (which i know is extremely unlikely, if not impossible).
the things that keep me calm are:
-knowing whats going on and what every sound is, like "oh thats just the wheels retracting", "its bumpy right now because we are going through the clouds" or " thats the flaps extending"
-having a good selection of entertainment. plug in the earphones and tune everything out.
-something my grandad who was a pilot said, " at the end of the day all planes are gliders" so it takes alot of things to go wrong to bring one straight down. he used to also think the bigger the plane the safer it is.
-and remembering the huge number of planes that are also in the air at that very moment and are all reaching their destination ok.
i did a round the world trip a few years ago and with all the flights i took it was the last one, ryanair london to dublin, that was the worst/scariest. i dont know about you but having the "what to do in case of emergency" leaflet stuck to the seat in front of me does nothing but freak me out. i like it in the pocket where i dont have to be reminded every minute that im in a flying tin can, but ryanair is so cheap they cant even spend a few quid on the pockets.
i guess watching plane crash movies doesnt help but i actually really enjoy them.
so its all self inflicted.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 5, 2008, at 4:29 AM by peeps ]

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

Anyone has the habit of asking the flight attendant what's happening at every bump and drop in altitude?

Passenger: Excuse me, but what's this rattling about?
Attendant: Don't worry, Sir. It's just a mild turbulence.
Passenger: You're sure? But it's rather frequent.
Attendant: Positive. Why don't I get you some chamomile tea and you'll have a good rest. We'll be touching down in less than an hour.

Awwww..... Isn't that sweet :)

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