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People Afraid of Flying: What Remedy?

What make People afraid of Flying? I wonder why my younger brother finds it chilly while on board. Can someone help with an advise?

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all of you are just giving one experience or the other. i'm sure most of you have not even been to the airport before. any way i have travelled once to abuja from lagos and that was the only time i travelled by air. the fright depends on your state of mind. you are very afraid when you love your life too much and your state of mind is very negative. just calm down while on board, pretend that you are in your sitting room watching tv. ease yourself completely. if the plane will crash, it will definitely crash. that depends on Gods decision, no matter what prayer you pray. those that died in the recurring plane crashes a few months ago. Most of them must have prayed, shouted done everything, in fact pastors must have been among them, but the plane still had to crash, soooo you have no business being afraid.

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On a flight yesterday the person beside me said he was afraid of flying. HE kept taking something I think is sleeping pills but he did not fall asleep. We conversed which seemed to help. So may be talking to someone helps. I personally like to fly.

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Honestly flying scares the poo out of me. I always reconcile with God while on air because it's so amazing to imagine being up there and something happens, Buoy!it's horror! Can u imagine what each seconds would feel like assuming something bad happens? Taking sleeping pills would not be a bad idea. I would not want to witness anything cos it will be quite faster when asleep than awake where a second would feel like eternity.

Most times i drink a lot of alcoholic wine while on air to feel, u know, kind of careless about the whole thing, i mean pretend like i can handle it.

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People have all sorts of phobias and I wouldn't really blame a lot of Nigerians for being so scared of flying. It obviously has a lot to do with the spate of horrible crashes our nation has experienced in recent.

But my advice is to take consolation in the law of averages. Air travel is definitely safer than road travel here. Government is also doing more in the area of technical regulation of the airline operators. Hopefully, all the flying "Mammy Wagons" would be phased out and high tech airplanes bought to replace them.

Just confront your fears head on by flying more frequently but if that doesn't work, consider sticking to overland travel.

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maybe if you smoke and get high on the ground you wont feel it on the plane

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Tell him to just assume he is in a lift (Elevator), I really do wonder why pple dislike flying sha.

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If you google it, a lot of things will come out but of course not everything will work for everyone.

I sometimes still get scared during take-off especially when the last time i flew was really long but once air-borne,its all good.

and please the people advising you to take alcohol,not a smart idea.The air is pressurised up there and you are dehydrated and feel so tired.Just take a bottle of water and walk around from time to time in the cabin

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The only reason people are afraid of flying especially nigerians is because they do not fly often enough. Africans fly only when necessary and if there is no other options. Plus the belief that Naija place are flying wreakages doesn't help matters. if is only right to say your prayers even before you board a plane but you must do the same before you enter a car also, since statistically planes are safer.

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No remedy just say your prayers days in advance and believe God will take control. I was afraid and still am afraid of flying but i fly twice or trice every year I spend a whole day flying from owerri to lag from lag to a transit country and from there to my destination when i travel its so scary but what can i do the safest thing if one must do something is to take sleeping pill as soon as you get on board so you sleep the journey away but Id rather be alert in case of kasala burst while on my way.

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This flying thing na serious thing oo!

People dey sweat like say dem chop hot "adedibu" amala while some dey turn prayer warrior for on top air!

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Sleeping pills might work.

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Unless you want to stay in the same place for the rest of your life, just take the flight.

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My Dear friend,

     You see, spiritual world is more frightening than physical world, that is why God hide our inner eyes from perceiving evil and holy spirit always. The point I'm trying to make here is you fear what your mind is in doubt of. For you to have control over this, try to divert your attention to other thing immediately when you are onboard. Try these:

- Listen to music with earpiece attached and picture your aircraft like an hotel rather than flying machine.

- Focus your mind on interior not exterior. Because once you are looking through the   window, you may be a bit scare with respect to the height and size of your cargo

- You can also try gamming, thank God there are alot of portable types all around you.

- Finally always have somebody to chat with, this will surely conquer your fear.

    A word of warning here, first-time traveller may need additional counselling and; I think this should not make you to commit your ways into God's hand. Even there abound accident is just trecking.

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The first thing passengers forget when flying is that the captain and his crew are human too and won't risk their lives to make money for their companies.They have families back home they also want to get back to so they wont fly any faulty plane and risk making their wives widows or their children fatherless or motherless as the case maybe.

Even in naija our pilots love life too and wont risk their lives for a 50minute ride across the country just to get you your destination. So the next time you get scared because you think the plane will crash,remember the captain wont want to die trying to get you to where-ever.

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boeing 777 and Aerospatile Concorde

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Which is the safest Airline? - I lately made some discoveries;

Officially, it is not possible to get a ranking of airline safety because of the difficulty of getting the accident rates data reliably from the Airlines or even the responsible aviation authorities.  For instance, as late as 1996, the FAA was not providing the statistics to the consumers. Their rationale: to prevent public disclosure of sensitive information to the public.  However, the former Inspector General of the US Department of Transportation, Mary Schiavo rejected this argument, saying that the flying consumer, that is, the public who has the greatest interest in knowing the safety rates of airlines should not be deprived of such information and did release some data later on when she resigned from the Office.

I have however compiled some information that I have gathered from various sources and came up with some unofficial rankings below.  Accidents can be a result of many factors.  It is never easy to make good comparisons but I will endeavor to do so by using accident rates only.  Accident rates are defined as the number of safety problems that arose for every 100,000 take-offs.

As a general rule, airlines from the First World have a better safety record than those from the less developed World.  The safety of an airline is dependent on many factors, namely the management of the Company, the age of the aircraft, how well are the training standards being maintained, whether standard operating procedures are properly adhered to, proper maintenance of aircraft and sometimes, there are other outside factors which are beyond the airlines’ control.  Thus, accident that arose can be attributed to a combination of many factors.

Listed below are the 10 safest Airlines for each region of the world.  It is meant to serve as an unofficial ranking and as well as a general guidance to the air traveler.   The Rankings listed below are compiled from AirDisaster.com, Boeing's Statistical Summary of Commercial Jet Airplanes Accidents: 1959-1999 and some from Mary Schiavo's book, Flying Safe, Flying Blind. There are many criteria used by other organizations to provide safety statistics for airlines, and aviation authorities are reluctant to come to a consensus and provide an official one. Thus, where the accident rates varies,  I have done some juggling by averaging the results in order to come out with these unofficial rankings.  Therefore, I cannot guarantee accuracy or endorse any airlines or aircraft based on them. These rankings are based on average accident rates only  and are subjected to corrections from time to time.

Safest Airlines

United States and Canada

Rankings Airlines          Accident Rate

1 South West 0.00

2 America West 0.00

3 Delta Airlines 0.23

4 North West 0.35

5 Continental Airlines 0.40

6 United Airlines 0.43

7 USAir                 0.45

8 Air Canada 0.48

9 Aloha Airlines 0.49

10 American Airlines 0.53

United States and Canada are classified under the First World category.  From the table above,

the accident rates for all the 10 Airlines are below 1.0, indicating that they have a very safe record.

Caribbean & Latin/South America Regions

Rankings Airlines                      Accident Rate

1 Mexicana Airlines                 0.53

2 Aerolineas Argentinas 1.20

3 Varig                                 1.22

4 Aeromexico                 1.85

5 Transbrazil                 2.35

6 Avianca                                 3.15

7 VASP                                 3.24

8 LAN Chile                          4.00

9 Aero Peru                  16.7

10 Cubana                    24.0

In the Caribbean & Latin/South American Regions, the disparity between the safest and the least

safe is quite marked. The first five rankings seem reasonable even though they are classified under

the Developing World category.

Europe

Rankings Airlines            Accident Rate

1 British Airways 0.270

2 Luthansa                 0.300

3 SAS          0.595

4 British Midlands 0.680

5 Braathens SAFE 0.695

6 Alitalia                 0.750

7 Iberia        0.845

8 Air France 0.870

9 KLM          1.030

10 TAP Portugal l.060

European Airlines all come under the First World category and their records indicate their better

safety standards. 

Africa and Middle East

Rankings Airlines         Accident Rate

1 South African 0.63

2 Saudi Airlines 1.40

3 Royal Air Moroc 1.54

4 Kenyan Airways 3.00

5 Air Afrique 3.33

6 Ethopian                 4.00

7 Nigerian Airways 5.00

8 Egypt Air    8.00

9 Royal Jordanian 8.82

10 Air Zimbabwe 12.50

In Africa and the Middle East, only South Africa has been grouped under the First World category. 

Its record is fairly impressive when compared to the other African/Middle East countries.

Rankings Airlines            Accident Rate

1 QANTAS    0.00

2 All Nippon Airways 0.22

3 Air New Zealand 0.74

4 Cathay Pacific Airways 0.97

5 Malaysia Airlines 1.11

6 Thai International 1.90

7 Singapore/Silk Air 2.00

8 Japan Airlines 2.05

9 Garuda Airlines 4.08

10 Phillippines Airlines 4.68

Australia and Asia

Qantas is one of the safest airlines in the world with a record of zero fatalities in its many years of operation. However, one of its Boeing 747 was involved in an accident during a landing in Bangkok.  Although there were no fatalities, the damage to the airplane was quite extensive.  Instead of writing off the hull that would be cheaper, it appears that Qantas decided to repair the airplane to maintain a zero hull loss record!

According to the table, All Nippon Airways has an even better record than most of the American or European best Airlines.

Which is the safest airplane?

Newer airplanes are naturally safer. The Boeing 777 has been in operation for more than 7 years and has the least accident rate.  It is a very versatile airplane and has many safety features.  It is the first aircraft to be completely designed by computers and has the latest avionics and navigational systems. However, all other aircraft are just as safe. The certification of every aircraft models must comply with the same set of standards otherwise they would not be released by the authorities for the carriage of passengers.

Below is a list of safest aircraft rankings based on average accident rates.  So far, the Boeing 777 and the Airbus 340 have a clean record and are therefore rated safest based on accident rates. The Airbus 330 had a fatal crash* during a simulated engine failure in Toulouse in 1994, hence ranked in third position.

Air France has decommissioned the Concorde in May 2003. This is to be followed by British Airways in October 2003.  The introduction of the Concorde was way ahead of its time but it suffers from being a very expensive airplane to operate due to the high fuel cost and bad publicity after the July 25 crashes. Only two Airlines operated this airplane.  Air France had five and British Airways with seven. The entire British Airways Concorde fleet was reported to have cracks in the wings. One of the airplanes had to be grounded when the cracks were found to be expanding. The Concorde flew very few flights as compared to other commercial aircraft.  It did about 80,000 takeoffs in its entire 24 years of operation. Hence, its accident rate of 12.02 and poor ranking does not do justice to its safety records. A million takeoffs are usually considered the point where accident rate starts to mean something.

As above, where the accident rates from various sources vary,  I have done some juggling by averaging the results in order to come out with these unofficial rankings.  Therefore, I cannot guarantee accuracy or endorse any aircraft based on them. These rankings are based on average accident rates only  and are subjected to corrections from time to time.

Safest Airplane

Rankings Aircraft Model Accident Rate

1 Boeing 777 0.00

1 Airbus 340 0.00

3 Airbus 330 0.00*

4 Boeing 767 0.32

5 Saab 340 0.33

6 Boeing 757 0.35

7 McDonnell MD-80 0.43

8 Boeing 737 0.60

9 BAE 146 0.64

10 Airbus 319/320/321 0.67

11 Fokker 100 0.71

11 Embraer 120 0.71

13 L-1011 Tristar 0.91

14 Boeing 747-400 1.04

15 Boeing 727 1.05

16 McDonnell DC-9 1.29

17 Airbus 300 1.34

18 Airbus 310 1.83

19 McDonnell DC-10 2.41

20 Fokker 28                 3.54

21 Embraer 110 3.73

22 McDonnell MD-11 4.59

23 Aerospatile Concorde* 12.02

Sources: AirDisaster.com, Boeing, FAA.

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but 3 planes still crash, 3?, 3?, 3?, 3?

thats too much

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My own formula that solves FLIGHTPHOBIA consists of two parts:

1. As a Muslim, I believe in Qadar(Predestination). So If Allah had decreed I'm going to die by plane crash, there is just no preventing it. However Islam also teaches us that PRAYER can have effect. So after praying, I leave the rest to God,no fear again--what will happen will happen

2.I use the theory of probability: More than 500 flights take place during the year and the maximum that end up crashing in a year is 3. So the probability that the plane I'm travelling in will crash is very slim (roughly 3/500). Why not relax and assume nothing will happen

That's my own panacea to FLIGHT PHOBIA

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It's not a most that you should travel abroad, so if you are afraid to fly, then stay off it

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LOL!!!

its berra flying big planes especially the international routes. That doesnt give me issues but all those our Lagos-Abuja thingy. Chei!!! na wa for those ones.

The most dreaded for me is this aero contractor small jet they use for Lagos-benin.

if u want hypertension, just fly that plane to Benin from Lagos.

I remember early 2006 on my way to benin from Lagos, i sat behind some pretty girls (working for a consulting firm) . as the flight was going on, we entered  turbulence and my oh my, the plane was shaking like it was going to fall down, the next thing, one of the girls started speaking in tongues. . .i actually wanted to laff but fear no let me.

The plane eventually couldnt land in benin but went to Warri to land.

Do you know that those girls decided to chatter a cab to Benin because they feared the plane wont make it.

Omo, i laff no be small. an hour later, we departed for benin without those girls.

see wetin fear dey cause. . .

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just be calm and please make sure you fly the good ones(planes).

imagine some people flying afrikair to London!!

chei!!!!

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Nice one bruv, just looking it up.

A better and more technical solution

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take a flying without fear course virgin atlantic does 1 checkout www.flyingwithoutfear.info if u type flying without fear in goggle you would see a lot of different courses on flying without fear

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It is simple - most people only get scared when the plane is taking off and feel like their stomach is lifting . . . . . you have to lean forward when the plane is taking off and you wont have any problem.

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This case is more than mental problem. I guess it's spiritual and he needs serious prayer.

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Is this sheer folly or display of retardness?. I didn't know they have started allowing mental patients to use ward computers.

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@ topic,

the remedy is to avoid flying and look for other suitable means of transportation.

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Ironically, people more often than not die of what they dread so much.

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If na me a go sayo wel wel b/4 i enter plane, I mean just take at least 5 bottle of HARP OR STAR. or what did u think readers?

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i also hav air/height phobia, and i beliv road transport is safer even though air transport record fewer crashes, funny abi?

its the flights within nigeria i dread most and i do all my best to avoid them though sometimes it is inevitable

i read some statistics that made me more scard, something like if a plane has 1000 crucial components and one component becomes faulty unnoticed, then the probability of a crash is 0.999, after i heard that, i cancelled a visit 2 my friend in abuja, the next time i entered a plane abroad, all i could tink of was that statistic and during that flight, i tot i heard a kinda different noise in the area i was sitting(i still beliv i heard it), i had to car the hostess attentn who was just smilin while i was talkin of a possible serious matter, she suggested i sleep off, i replied God Forbid in this kinda dangerous circumstances, i just gripped my only books and continued praying(i still think thats why that plane did not crash)

now, i rush sleepin pills b4 d flight and make sure i'm goin wit someone or hook up wit someone @d airport(i've almost missed flights though i dont travel a lot)

i cant bliv i'm such a scared kitty, i hav a plan on d way to study planes and also to try sky-diving and especially parachute jumping as hobbies and, u know

also, i neva found out whether we are allowed to take parachute on board even though most crashes don't allow time for that(i beliv i can still manoeuvre some time)

don't 4get, repent and be good if u are going to be travellin by air

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i hear u ty4real,na two of us go carry d canoe to d atlantic ocean,so dat u go fit teach me how to set the canoe wella

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buhahaha, Help me ask the dude oh. Seems to be a serious nutcase!

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Well if it's your first time flying, it's bound to be a little fighting.

As for your younger brother feeling chilling that is because

of the ventilation system on the plane, which makes the cabin feel cold;

and that can be resolved by asking for extra blankets.

But to help you calm & relax your nerves  before and during your flight

you should go visit your doctor or pharmacist and ask him or her

to prescribe you Avomine or any related medication for traveling  

sickness. That I think should do the trick.

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take a shot of whisky before flight it would calm you down remember just "one" shot because if you get drunk they won't let you fly

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I fly a lot but I just cant over it. once we encounter turbulence, the chill that runs thru my spine no get part two. Happened this morning while flying from kaduna to lagos, encountered severe turbulence for about 5 minutes. you should have heard the deafening silence in the cabin. They say one out of five people is scared if flying, i hink its more like three out of five

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I've read somewhere than 1 in every 5 persons (some say more) is afraid of flying.  I am.

For everyone it begins in a different way.  Flying used to be one of my greatest delights.  The tide took a turn for bad after a trip from Abuja to Lagos where we suffered what turned out to be just turbulence.  Well, that cause is now history but what remains is a terror of flying.

I don't have time for a longer post now but this much I know.  At least my head knows it, while my heart thinks something else

1.  Flying is the safest way to travel.  How many air accidents happen?  Few, but because of the magnitude and the near 100% fatality, it makes news.

2.  It is said that taking-off and landing are the most crucial stages, but here's a consolation:  Do you realize that at that speed (of taxiing for take-off), the plane is already trying to lift off before the pilot actually 'allows' it?  So forget about the thought that the plane might drop off the sky.

On several trips, I have tried to take sleeping tablets.  Apart from giving you a bad stomach, they don't work.

Solution.  

1. Don't worry.  

2. Have a good sleep before the trip

3. Tell the Air Hostess about your fear.  You'll see how that helps.  Some even take you to see the Pilot and the view from there is consoling

More later.  Hope this helps.

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lol so im not the only one that prays fervently on board. Good to know.

@ post: I too would like a remedy. Something that helps me though was attending an aeronautical engineering seminar ( had no choice in the matter by the way, it wasnt voluntary!) that explained the concept of turbulence in planes. Dont remember much of what was said but basically, turbulence can not cause an air plane to crash. So whenever the turbulence becomes almost unbearable I keep reminding myself that it doesnt mean a crash is evident.

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im scared of flying too and what usually works for me is to do something that ll distract me from the flight itself,drink some wine or beer and slep off so ill suggest u get your bro to sleep or get something that ll distract his attention from the flight i.e video games,movies n these sorta sturvs

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i will give u a simple solution that has always worked for me. Just keep ordering wine instead of water. 4-5 small bottles of wine will knock your butt out and before u know it, u are at your destination. For Longer flights like from US to Naija, i will suggest 5-8 bottles with meals in between. But make sure u sobber up before u get to Naija.

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For me, flying is still one of the safest way of travelling!

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If you are scared of flying, then you can travel by other means (trekking,by road, walking, by sea etc.)

And that may be waiting till thy kingdom come before you reach some parts of the world or wherever you destination is

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I would have recommended sleeping pills, but if u take it before u get on the plane, u might probably sleep off at the departure lounge and miss your flight.

Besides, i don't know if there are any medical implications of taking psychoactive pills while flying. But sincerely sleeping pills might do great.

Most of my more interesting flights, I spent more than half the time sleeping.

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I need that advise myself because i go on prayer of 4giveness until i disembark.

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wat kinda question is dat @popsonj

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