August 2012 Blog Posts (14)

Successful flight to Lanzarote!

Hi there! Just got back from Lanzarote and had 2 great flights: on the way out we were sat at the front of economy next to the exit door and had a stewardess sitting directly opposite us on take-off and landing. Was reassuring to see the stewardess looking completely relaxed. I knew I was overcoming my fear when the boy behind me said that the wings looked like they were going to drop off (was just windy on landing), and my reaction was to smile - they CAN'T fall off!! On the way back we…


Added by Anna Hollingworth on August 26, 2012 at 5:26pm — 6 Comments

Thank you!

I really want to say a massive thank you to Captain Keith.After reading his book and watching the dvd I took a 2 and a hlf hour flight to Girona and did not panic or cry and was really calm throughout the flight.

I fly at least twice a year with my husband and my 2 yr old daughter.My fear hasnt stopped me flying but it has certainly made the holiday less enjoyable.I still had a few glasses of wine to relax me on this flight.

I am taking my 2 yr old to a wedding in Seville with…


Added by Michelle Coogam on August 25, 2012 at 10:28pm — 1 Comment


Ok, so I'm new, new here that is, definitely not new to being afraid of flying. In fact the last time I did fly was 19 years ago, I've been reading through some of the blogs here and while I'm impressed by the sheer bravery of you who do it even though finding it difficult/stressful etc I'm also wondering if it's only me who is such a wuss and just DOESN'T fly...?!

I haven't always feared flying, as a youngster I flew loads, had great family holidays as far as China and Africa,… Continue

Added by Anna Lumley-Noble on August 23, 2012 at 10:47pm — 2 Comments

Thank You!

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Captain Keith and the fantastic Flying Without Fear books.  For the first time in over 10 years I did not cry on a flight, I did not cry during take off and I did not have a panic attack at the first sign of turbulence and the biggest achievement of all I looked out of the window during take off (on both outbound and return flights) AND did not have to hold my husband's hand for the first half hour of the flight.  I put this mainly down the the…


Added by Sam R on August 23, 2012 at 9:50am — 1 Comment

answer to amanda

hi amanda. i.m having trouble with doing these blogs! just sent one to myself!  thankyou. I would like to travel in the middle of sept. am reading all the self help books! but havnt dared to make a booking! how is your fear going Amanda?

Added by mel harrison on August 21, 2012 at 7:48pm — 1 Comment

new to fear of flying

i have never been on a plane.the thought of flying terrifies me!  joining fear of flying is my first step. would perscription medicati  ons sooth severe fear long enough to cope with a short flight?

Added by mel harrison on August 21, 2012 at 6:10pm — 2 Comments


have just joined the site after watching Keiths DVD and have bought the book (but not yet read). Am going to New York on 5 September with my husband , daughter (25) and son (18). This is the first ever family holiday abroad together. I was diagnosed with breast cancer when my son was 5 months old and I feel so happy  to still  be here and to be going with them, but at the same time I am terrified.I  Suffer from claustrophobia (after being stuck in a lift some years ago), and have a history…


Added by Julie Williamson on August 19, 2012 at 11:24pm — 9 Comments

First good flight in years!!!

What was different about this flight?

In the run up to the flight, I didn’t spend as much time dwelling on it or panicking, and I think the course had a lot to do with that. There wasn’t as much to speculate about and I could answer a lot of questions that came up on my own. Having said that, in the week before there were a couple of days when the nerves did hit, and badly! I probably crammed a week’s worth of fretting into two days. My mantra for the week was, ‘there’s nothing…


Added by Sarah on August 18, 2012 at 10:55pm — 3 Comments

Heading back to Southern Africa

Hi all,

So I am heading into three days of travel tonight, including three flights. Definitely less anxious after reading several posts and knowing that there are other people out there. Still can't fly without medication but the days leading up aren't nearly as angst ridden as usual.

During my flight I just have to repeat over and over to myself that I claustrophobia is a fear, fears are normal and I have to relinquish control. On my flight here I told the flight…


Added by Gillian Walker on August 16, 2012 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Question on European airlines

Hi Keith and all,

I have plucked up my courage and I am gong on another overseas trip ( someone said to me the other day, for someone who hates flying, you sure seem to fly a lot!). I know I will always be nervous on a flight so I just try to be aware of it, I have got so much better.

Anyway, my question Keith is about some of the smaller European airlines I am coming across for some of the travel I want to do.

Swiss airlines, Vueling, easyjet Swiss, Air Berlin, Alitalia, I… Continue

Added by Tracey Mck on August 14, 2012 at 2:22pm — 1 Comment

My first transatlantic flight is comming closer

Hi all,

I still don't know exact date, have no tickets, but starting to worry already about my first transatlantic flight. It should be somewhere in mid September. What I'm afraid of most ? Maybe longs trip. It depends on tickets, but its possible I need to take 3 planes and 24-32 hours traveling in total. I don't like that idea.

Other problem - I can't sleep in planes. So, 3 take-offs, 3 landings, waiting in airport for connecting flight and so on... Bah... I can…


Added by Darius R on August 13, 2012 at 9:01pm — No Comments

My groundcourse

Edited version. Full version is here on my other blog.

I was nervous going into this course. Normally, when I get on a plane and I’m scared, I do everything I can to block out the fear and the negative thoughts and try to ignore them. But today I was actually going to face them and not block them and it seemed like it was going to be a difficult thing to do.

But despite being…


Added by Sarah on August 10, 2012 at 12:57am — No Comments

Late night thoughts.

Sorry if this makes no sense. I can't sleep (worried about stuff) and I thought I'd write a blog post. I actually wrote a long blog about my experiences on Keith's ground course but I'm not sure if I'll post it (it's not bad or anything, it's just long.)

I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I learnt on the course and on my own strategy for getting over this (because I WILL get over this <grrrrr>.)

I think I’ve been holding onto this fear, a bit like a safety blanket.…


Added by Sarah on August 3, 2012 at 3:57am — 1 Comment


Ive just come back from a holiday in Cuba, going out I was calm, but returning I cried when we took off, I had such a fear of impending doom! Flight was ok, just slight turbulence , I can't seem to cope with take off and landing a fills me with fear and flying over the atlantic . I've been to Antigua , Tobago , jamaica, Dominican, I won't let my fear stop me, but every year on our way home , I promise myself I'm never doing it again !! But I do :)) never had a bad experience yet :)

Added by Francesca Jennings on August 1, 2012 at 9:03pm — No Comments

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