Amidst the sweaty palms, heart palpitations and hyperventilation post-flight, have you ever wondered – “How will I ever feel better about flying?!”A fear of flying certainly isn’t uncommon, so if your heart starts to pound any time you’re on a plane, rest assured – you’re not alone. It may even be so bad that you can’t get on a plane, which limits your destination choices and increases travel times because you have to drive instead.
Most fears of flying don’t have a basis in reality and stem from three root fears: lack of trust in the safety of the plane, not enough trust in airline personnel, and fear of the unknown. Overcome these base fears by getting to know the following 12 anxiety-crushing facts to make you feel better about flying!
A car seems safer than a plane because you’re in control of the car but not in control of the plane. This ties into all three fears because you probably trust the car and its driver more than the plane and the unknown factors associated with it. However, you can’t know or control the actions of other drivers, and air travel is safer statistically. As reported by USA Today, for over 5 million car accidents, there have only been 20 plane accidents.
Airplanes fly in the air because of the scientific forces of drag, lift, thrust and gravity. Sparing you the science behind it, these are natural forces that make a plane flying just as natural as a person walking. The odds of a properly maintained plane magically falling out of the sky are pretty much nil. The technology behind planes has also gotten more advanced, with flight precision, safeguards and tracking on the cutting edge.
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