Hello, and welcome to Flying Fear.
Many people are scared of flying and there can be many different triggers. Whether it’s claustrophobia, a fear of heights, or the feeling of not being in control that prevents you from enjoying your flight, I am here to try and help you overcome your fear.
So, what makes me so qualified?
Strictly speaking I’m not. What I mean by that is that I’m not a psychologist, or therapist. I am a flight attendant.
I deal with passengers with a fear of flying almost daily. My aim is to ensure a nervous flyer relaxes enough to enjoy the flight. Whether it’s explaining any noises, or turbulence, or simply talking to the passenger to focus their mind on something other than the fact they are on an aircraft.
As a flight attendant, I have an extensive knowledge of all things related to flying. Much more so than the majority of passengers think.
The majority of passengers underestimate the knowledge of the cabin crew. We have ALL passed extensive training in safety & emergency procedures, first aid (YES we ARE all first aid trained!), and much more. As a passenger with a fear of flying, please do not make the same mistake.
Further to this initial training, we are also tested daily before a flight to ensure we have an acceptable level of knowledge. If we get any questions wrong during this pre-flight briefing we are immediately taken off the flight and replaced with someone else.
We ALSO have to attend refresher training – and pass the relevant exams – annually.
I am not telling you all this to try and gain some respect for the job I do. Truth be told, the majority of passengers will never respect the hard – and extremely important – work that we do.
The reason I’m sharing this with you, is to give you the confidence to TELL THE CABIN CREW ON-BOARD THAT YOU HAVE A FEAR OF FLYING!
Do not sit and suffer in silence. We cannot help you unless you speak to us – This is ESPECIALLY important if travelling alone. The crew will do everything within their power to help you. I say again (and it won’t be the last time), please tell us if you have a flying fear.
So, here at FlyingFear.net I will do everything I can to help you. Just as I do every day, I will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure you have a safe and comfortable flight.