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Back from Rome - and another four flights.
Glad I did not have my experience flying from Belfast to Leeds Bradford with Flybe some time back or I have no doubt it would have set me back in my efforts to overcome my fear of flying. Unruly raucous loud mouthed passengers two of whom were seated behind me. I had literally to tell them to shut up during the safety demonstration - which I think the crew should have done. Loud laughter bellowing in my ear and knees pushing into my back, comments about the various noises as the plane was preparing for and taking off as though the plane was going to crash. I was moved to another seat at the front of the plane right beside the toilet. These unruly passengers could still be heard and spent the entire flight up and down the aisle to the toilet. Whilst one was waiting outside the toilet another shouted from the back that he was at the wrong door telling him to turn left and try the door of the cockpit. The female crew member who asked me would I like to move (I had prepaid for my window seat) excused their behaviour by saying "I think they have been on a stag night!).
What a contrast to the flight from Leeds Bradford to Rome two days later with Jet 2. The crew member asked passengers to quieten down in order that the safety demonstration could be heard. The night before my return flight there was a bad thunder and lightning storm in Rome - that certainly would have scare me some time back. We were on hour on the plane before take off due to bad weather at the west end of the airport. The captain kept us informed and even during the flight there was turbulence and passengers were requested to return to their seats. These are all indications of how far I have come in my fear of flying as prior to finding this site and the resources I would have been terrified. Having things explained most definitely contributes to removing the fear.
There was one or two strange moments as we were coming into land however! It was quite misty and shortly before landing the engines revved like someone putting their foot on the accelerator and the plane jolted forward then slowed again and then shortly afterward the same thing happened which was a bit unusual. We landed safely!