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Monday, May 26, 2008

Plane Answers: Overcoming the fear of flying


Another sunset view
Originally uploaded by Fly For Fun
By far the most popular question I've been getting for Gadling's Plane Answers is how to overcome a fear of flying. I did my best to tackle it this week, answering questions about tailskid strikes, turbulence and the 10,000 foot sudden drop.

I wonder what percentage of passengers is genuinely afraid of flying. If I had to guess, I'd say 10% of the airplane is made up of nervous flyers. I included a few links to some resources in the post that may help people overcome their fear.

1 comment:

Captain Tom said...

Hi Kent,

Regarding resources: I'm both an airline captain and a licensed therapist who has specialized in fear of flying since 1980 with the original fear of flying course at Pan Am.

The help now available is quite advanced and we are able to help people who could not be helped a few years ago.

There is a free video on the cause and cure at http://www.fearofflying.com/video_hs.shtml

I'm happen to answer questions emailed to me at tom@fearofflying.com

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