Hi everyone!  So I am new to this forum and excited to be here and get tips from everyone!

Thank you to Captain Keith!

So I am in Atlanta and flying to Reno on Thursday.  We have to stop in Salt Lake City which I have heard is pretty crazy.  I know there are no difficult airports thanks to Capt. Keith, but I am still petrified!

I am so scared from the time I book my tickets up until I land.  It is just so hard and I feel like I am crazy!

I am sure y'all know exactly what I am talking about....

My worst is going to the airport, getting on the plane, and take off.  In the cruise is just as bad as well.  As soon as we are descending, I am fine again.

Just need some words of wisdom for the most scared to fly person!!!

Being that it is about a 4 hour flight or so, I just feel like so super scared.  Like I am locked in the plane!  I know I sound insane, but I am seriously terrified.

The last time I flew was I think last year for my honeymoon.  I was terrified then too.

Thanks for any input y'all have for me!!!  Seriously scared over here!

Thanks,

Ashley 

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Just confirmed my seats and now I am SUPER freaking out :(  Any kind words in here?

Hi Ashley.

Yes, I'm sure there are lots of people here who can relate to how you're feeling.

Do you have time to do a 'dry run' to the airport today? That might help to practice managing your anxiety tomorrow by watching how normal everything is (I like watching other planes taking off and landing too) when you don't have the immediate pressure of having to get on a flight.

Have you watched the videos on this site? They also might help make everything seem more normal. Apart from that I guess just read up as much as you can on flying so that you can keep thinking how safe it is when you're there.

Oh, and stop telling yourself you're 'petrified,' 'super scared,'  'seriously terrified,' etc or they'll become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Did your terrifiedness on your last flight help you at all?

All the best for tomorrow.

Sarah

Hi Sarah!  

Thank you SO incredibly much for responding! I can't tell you how much it means!

I will try to get to the airport to do a dry run today unfortunately I am so busy because I am leaving for vacation tomorrow. :(  I will try!

I love the videos on this site.  They help so much.  I definitely think it would help me take my mind off flying if I take pictures and video on the flight as well :)

And no my terrifiedness of course did not help on any other flights.  I will work on being more positive!

Thank you so so so much!!!!

Sarah said:

Hi Ashley.

Yes, I'm sure there are lots of people here who can relate to how you're feeling.

Do you have time to do a 'dry run' to the airport today? That might help to practice managing your anxiety tomorrow by watching how normal everything is (I like watching other planes taking off and landing too) when you don't have the immediate pressure of having to get on a flight.

Have you watched the videos on this site? They also might help make everything seem more normal. Apart from that I guess just read up as much as you can on flying so that you can keep thinking how safe it is when you're there.

Oh, and stop telling yourself you're 'petrified,' 'super scared,'  'seriously terrified,' etc or they'll become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Did your terrifiedness on your last flight help you at all?

All the best for tomorrow.

Sarah

Just checked in online and printed my boarding passes.  Does this make anyone else have higher anxiety too?

Hi Ashley

Well done  you're doing great so far.

Remember that you have managed to fly previously so this is just a repeat. What I want you to do is accept your fear take the flight and don't plan to do anything more than that. Don't hope or try to be  more than you can manage  just accept your fear  BUT what I want you to do is take some notes of HOW  scared you are feeling during the flight.

When you take your return flight  expect to feel the same  but just aim to be a little bit less scared. This will show you that you can control your fear.

The plan isn't to  try and feel as if you can conquer all your fear  but manage just a little bit better than you did on the flight before. Little by little step by step and  you'll succeed.

When you get back let us know how you did...or even better let us know when you get to your destination.

By the way  getting the boarding tickets is a scarey time for fearful flyers. So give yourself a pat on the back, tell yourself well done   and on the the next step.

Keith

I suffer similiarly, unfortunately.  Everything up and during the flight makes me anxious, but the moment the final descent starts the anxiety just fades away.  What I try to do is think of where I'm going as opposed to how I get there.  I've managed to do very long haul flights (Ireland to Japan, Ireland to Australia) keeping in mind that once I've landed I'll be enjoying fab food and the company of good friends.

It does get better, as the Captain says.  Might not feel like it right now, but it genuinely does.  Have a fabulous trip and we'll see you when you get back. ♥

Thank you to those who responded!  It means a lot! I have returned from my trip safe and sound.  

They had to de-ice the plane in Salt Lake City, UT and oh goodness did that freak me out! It was the first time I had to be on a plane that had to de-ice.  I was so worried and then it was no big deal.

I got Captain Keith's book and read it like five times!  It is the biggest help I have had.  I am an information person and this wealth of knowledge helped so much.

I wish we could all fly together so that we could get out of our own fears and get each other through it.  

I am sure I will be back on here the next time I fly.  For now, I will keep reading the book and try to do some dry run airport runs.

Thanks again to everyone!  You help me so much!  and a HUGE thanks to Captain Keith!  :)  You are the best!

Thanks!

Ashley 

Great news Ashley.

And my heartiest congratulations!!

Keith

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