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Are you afraid to fly?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Starz22, Apr 13, 2014.

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  1. Starz22

    Starz22 Low-Roller

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    I fly at least 2 times a year...one of those flights are to Vegas. I'am scared to death to fly. From the time I board my flight I'm white-knuckled...holding on to what ever I can...ordering a drink or 4. I know when I get on the plane I have given my life to someone else. I feel a little more comfortable when the pilots say more than Hi....we'll be in Las Vegas in 4 hours...enjoy you'r flight. With every bump I'm looking around to see if anyone is as scared as I am...they are not....I know Im a sissy...but I just don't deal with my flight well. Once the wheels hit the ground,I'm taken by my excitement ...I'm back in Vegas baby! Do or can I ever over come this fear?:confused2:
     
  2. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Think about the fact that the chances of you getting killed in a car accident or getting hit by a bus or truck is greater than a plane crash and you'll soon be feeling better....

    You fly twice a year. You are exposed to cars and traffic every day. Now I hope I didn't make you start worrying about cars and traffic....:poke:

    Relax. You'll be fine.:thumbsup:
     
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    i'm not, but my buddy is.

    perhaps "afraid" is the wrong word, but he doesn't prefer it. he flies when he has to, usually for work, but he has grown accustomed to traveling by Amtrak. he would rather take the extra time to travel back and forth by rail when he can. i joined him last summer for an Amtrak trek. we traveled from Stinktown to Dallas. it was about 24 hours from end to end, and we didn't have a sleeper car. that was enough to satisfy my sense of adventure.

    Amtrak=rolling prison
     
  4. Starz22

    Starz22 Low-Roller

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    I get that driving has a higher kill rate than flying...But...I'am driving and in control every day. I don't fly planes. Once that door slams shut and is locked I have no control. I'm relying on the pilots to keep me safe...4 hours at 35,000 feet is way different from driving down the beltline. Then I see all these tv show's about 2 months before I fly...Why planes crash and disaster in the air...and I watch OMG!:confused2:
     
  5. WHIVGOYTUBE

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    Every time... Scared....

    But if we drove from to Florida to LV.... Questionable.. :evillaugh

    However, after the Vegas Experience, a drive back to Florida.... Disaster.. :cry:

    Just better to fly, and watch the new ... in air... Porno movies. :popcorn
     
  6. thekillers

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    Same here. Wasn't always afraid to fly though, sometime around my early 30's it started. I usually fly about 3 to 4 times a year. Domestic, Asia, Europe... can't stand it to be honest.

    I completely know how you feel about not having control, with another person taking control for your well-being, but I could easily see it taking control of other aspects of my life... bus rides, trains, taxis, subways... when does it stop? It stops when you're in your house afraid to ever go out... full blown agoraphobia. I just can't handle that, so I force myself to fly, f**k it!

    It could die sitting alone at home just as easily. Either way, we're all going to die, nobody gets out alive, so why put restraints on your life. A few hours of nervousness like you said, then when that door opens to the gangway inside the airport... FORGET IT, time to have fun.
     
  7. WHIVGOYTUBE

    WHIVGOYTUBE MIA

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    Yea, and just enjoy the in flight porno channel.. :popcorn

    Till Vegas Time... :banana: Then get your game on! :evillaugh
     
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    Jameezy High-Roller

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    LOL!!! me and my brother were rolling in tears at that rolling prison line hahahahhaba
     
  9. jackincols

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    Never afraid to fly, but the older I get, that 4 1/2 hr haul to get there is a killer. I find myself getting up more often and stretching than I used to.
     
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    I'm not afraid of flying, I'm afraid of crashing!
     
  11. LolaDoggie

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    Whenever somebody brings up this issue, almost immediately members start posting about how safe flying is and how liquor is the perfect remedy. Phobias are by definition illogical. And every news item I've ever heard about that involves a diverted flight or an arrested passenger included the line "alcohol may have been a factor".

    If you want to tackle the issue you have to break it down. Do you feel claustrophobic? Do you get uncomfortable sitting for that time? Do the noises set you off? It's not always about being afraid of being in the air or the plane. It might be something simple that can be easily addressed.

    I'm not afraid to fly. I used to sleep from 5 minutes after takeoff to 5 minutes before landing. But, now with health issues, I'm not comfortable sitting for that period of time. And I find myself getting anxious about it. I think I'm slowly psyching myself out when it comes to flying. I'm going to have to make an effort there because I don't want to end up with a problem.
     
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    My only fear around flying is who my seatmate will be. Whenever I fly solo, 95% of the time I get the largest person and/or person who hasn`t showered since the Clinton administration right beside me. Love the large people who lift the arm to make it easier for them to take most of my seat; I used to suffer in silence, now I slap that puppy right back down.
     
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    If you're only flying twice a year, does it really even matter? My gf has anxiety while flying for similar reasons, but she flies almost weekly so it becomes an issue to deal with. But at only twice a year just push through it, its not worth trying to address it.
     
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    I say several Hail Mary's on takeoff and landing and trust that whatever happens to me, I will be at peace.
     
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    DeMoN2318 The DERS

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    The pilots dont control the plane...it's a computer...

    Computers dont make mistakes...#1 rule of flying...DONT FIGHT THE AUTOPILOT!!!
     
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    You have a MUCH better chance to die in a cab, or on a bus, or when you are a passenger in someone else's car...maybe try to think of it that way?

    Also, there are 25,000 flights per day worldwide. How many people die in commercial plane crashes each year? 50? 100? Compare that to 40,000 traffic deaths and flying is so much safer.

    But in my opinion, the more times you fly, the easier it gets.
     
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    Have a similar experience to someone who posted earlier.....I used to not be afraid, in fact, actually enjoyed flying. Which was weird because I was scared of heights. One time a couple years ago, something just clicked while i was in the air and this anxiety kicked in. Now I can't shake it.

    I will say this to the op, go get a prescription for xanax from your Dr, it really works
     
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    Stop watching that shit, you'll only making it worse.

    Hate flying. Must hit the airport bar first and have a few, and a few more on the plane. It helps me ease the anxiety. Put on the ipod and sunglasses ASAP and kick back and relax. When we go through turbulance I tell myself we are driving and just hitting a bump on the road.

    Now you're making me nervous and anxious and I'll be flying soon...OH SHIT :cry: :cry:
     
    Always seems so far away............
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    I've flown a ton over the years, between business travel and personal vacations. It never used to bother me, but at some point in my mid 30's I started having some nerves around flying - mainly during take off. Anyway, one thing that helps me is I've developed a mantra that I repeat silently to myself during takeoff. First it's an Our Father (I'm not remotely religious anymore, but once a Catholic, always a Catholic I suppose) and then "Thousands of planes take off and land safely every single day. Thousands of planes take off and land safely every single day." Repeat until we've levelled off. Xanax also helps a LOT too, although I don't often have any available.

    My husband is a brawny guy and he gets very anxious before flying. He has a nervous stomach and panics about having to go to the restroom on the plane. It's pretty annoying because he will inevitably wait til we are 2 mins from boarding and suddenly say "I have to go to the bathroom!" and disappear. It drives me bonkers. Once we are in the air he's fine and never once has had to use the restroom for anything but #1, but he still spazzes out every time during pre-board. I seriously need to get our Dr to give him some Xanax because we start every trip pissed off at each other over this pattern.
     
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    Dang! I was gonna post this!

    As for Amtrak, the Northeast Corridor (Boston-D.C.) is pretty convenient. I have priced out sleeper car accomodations from Philly up to Montreal, its slower than driving and way more expensive than flying. But someday I would like to get a 30 day rail pass and do a loop around the country.

    But, a friend calls on aircraft engine manufacturers and would rather drive 2500 miles in a week rather than fly between appointments, go figure.

    For me, I go with the averages and realize I would more likely die in a car crash than in a plane crash. However, I drive a Volvo, so I got that going for me.

    I just watched Rain Man over the weekend, hearing Ray rattle off all of the airline crashes was a little unsettling.
     
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