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I am looking for some encouragement as I prepare for a flight from Toronto to the UK. I have lurked on this website in the past year or so and have found many people's comments and positive experiences very helpful. Despite there being many tools available on this website, I still feel unable to have rational thoughts and expectations of how my flight will go. I think I'm like a lot of members of this site who found flying not too bad in the past but have had one of those flights that scares the pants off you and you lose your nerve, so to speak. Now, when I fly, I find even the slightest bit of turbulence unbearably scary, and though I've had several successful plane rides since my bad flight (which I'm sure was not as bad as I have made it in my mind, it just felt that way), I can't not worry about when there will be turbulence, and the thought of flying creates a real panic in me. What if the turbulence gets bad again, or what if the plane really is in danger? I can't imagine that even if I have the most positive thoughts in the world that I will feel ok in that situation. I guess I just wanted to share after lurking for so long, and also thank people who have posted their success stories, it helps to see that people who are afraid can still do this and land safely and actually want to do it again. Any thoughts/advice are would be appreciated.
I also had a question for Captain Keith (or anyone else) about "discount" airlines - my husband likes to fly Air Transat because it has direct flights to his hometown in the UK, whereas I feel safer on bigger-name airlines like BA or Air Canada (there's not many options in Canada for direct flights to the UK) which fly us into Heathrow but then we have to take a train (I'm not ready for small planes yet) - what is the difference between these airlines? Are the planes serviced by the same companies? Do the pilots have to undergo the same tests? How can they afford to be cheaper? I am guessing there is no difference safety-wise? And lastly, what if taking a discount airline scares me more (whether I'm right to be afraid or not) - do I risk freaking out more just to save some money (and convenience - direct flight vs. Heathrow and trains)?