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I always tell a steward on board that I am a nervous flyer. I like to talk to them and it does help. They are always very good and tell me they will look after me. I don't feel embarrassed at all. They very often tell me that a large number of people on the plane are probably nervous flyers but they try to hide it.
It is not a bad thing to admit your fear and it does help to talk to a steward.
Does anybody else do this?
Yeah talking to other people on the plane is what I do as well. It does help because it takes your mind off what you are fearful about and they talk to you about their flying experiences. A lot of the time they are sympathetic and I do thank them for having the conversation. The main thing is that it makes the time pass more quickly.
Did it once and the stewardess replied, "honey, so am I, but it is all in the breathing. Anytime you need some breathing just press that button and I will cone and breathe along with you". She checked in a few times along the flight as well.
It is funny but you never can tell who will also have your fear. She was a legend. Not all of them are, but she is.
yeah she was. was on a flight last year from Dallas to London (the middle leg of a San Diego to Glasgow), so it was nicely timed and helped a lot over the rest of the day. By the time we got to fog covered London I was totally enjoying the view and the flight home to glasgow seemed to last about a minute or two.
every little bit helps ;-) I think generally most of them are awesome friendly people who are more than happy to give you that reassuring smile. Just remember to smile back at them. It kind of hard to be worried when everyone is smiling all over the place, right?