Hi all, it's so reassuring to know I'm not alone in my fear of flying, and I know you will all hopefully understand where I'm coming from!
Me and my husband have just booked flights to the U.S. in Jan, for a wonderful trip hunting meteorites...a passion of mine!
So I should be really excited right?
Except now the flights are booked, my nerves are making themselves known. We can't fly direct to Tucson, so have a flight to Dallas first, and then connecting flight to Arizona.
Instead of putting it to the back of my mind, I've done the one thing I shouldnt (and the one thing I always do even though I know it doesn't help one bit) and have started googling safety records etc of one of the airlines we are flying with. The first leg, Heathrow to Dallas is with an airline I've flown with many times and whose cabin crew I have found to be very understanding with me when I've told them I'm a nervous flyer.
However, the Airline we are flying with from Dallas to Tucson (and who we will be using for the whole return trip) is one I've never flown with before. I've never even flown on the type of aircraft we will be flying on Dallas to Tucson and on the return leg. I'm making myself sick with worry already looking at stuff on line, so much so I was in tears this afternoon. I know they wouldn't fly an aircraft if it wasn't safe, i know pilots and cabin crew have family too, I know that despite my fears, aircraft are maintained, I know my fears are irrational and me looking up stuff isn't conducive to helping me overcome my fears.
So how do I deal with this? How do I stop myself looking online at safety records, customer reviews, how many crashes they have had in the past?
I'm so excited about going to Tucson and hunting for meteorites (and with a world renowned expert too!) but I've got nearly 4 months of waiting, and I'm not sure if my nerves can handle it. Silly thing is, I know I will get on my flights. But making myself sick with worry isn't going to help.
I've got Captain Keith's fabulous book (which helped me on a flight I took earlier in the year, I've got my coping strategies for when I'm on the plane, it's just getting to that point that I need help with.
Obviously stop looking at stuff on line...but that's easier said than done.
Thanks for reading my long post, I feel better for getting it all down.