Airplane Crashes: How to Feel Safe

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Feb 23, 2015 in Aviation Accident News

Fear of flying is one of the most common phobias out there. No matter how many times you hear, "It's the safest way to travel," it never seems to ease the anxiety. Still, flying remains the best way to get around on long trips. It is the fastest and most comfortable means of getting from one place to another. Here are some tips for trying to feel safer when you board your next plane.

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The Safest Way to Travel

We have all heard the platitude about flying. It is the safest way to get from one place to another. The statistics bear this out. For those with flight anxiety, it can be easy to dismiss or rationalize these numbers. But they do bear out and reminding yourself of this as often as you need can provide a degree of comfort, as can doing further research to bear out the statistics.

Consider the Numbers

It can be very easy to become frightened when major news stories about airline crashes and disappearances seem to be everywhere. Still, if you take a moment to really think on the numbers it can be a comfort. Take some time to research the statistics about flying and consider them carefully. You might be surprised at what a comfort it can be. One interesting statistic, for example, shows that if you flew every day for life, it would take 19,000 years before you had a fatal accident in flight. In the course of a thirteen-year period, only 100 deaths occurred on commercial flights, where 46,000 happened in car crashes, 11,000 happened in the workplace and 22,500 happened in the home.

Overcoming Fright

When you are on your flight, if you hear or feel a bump that you did not expect, and which did not come up in your research, take a deep breath and instead of worrying about what might be wrong, tell yourself that it may be a normal sound or sensation that is nothing to worry about.

Use the Flight Attendant

The flight attendant is there to help you. Do not hesitate to use the call button if you start to feel nervous, or to tell the flight attendants at the beginning of the journey about your anxiety. They will know how to help you and can offer options to stay calm and collected.

Fly with a Friend

If you can, take a good friend with you who is a pro at flying. This can provide an extra security blanket for you in terms of a reassuring voice or a hand to hold. Everyone needs support at some point in time, and flying with a friend is a huge comfort for many people with anxiety about such trips. Of course, there are options like visiting your doctor for medications that can keep you calm. This is a common approach, and valid. However, it may not be necessary if you keep reminding yourself just how unlikely it is that you will be in a flight-related incident.