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Tue, Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:50 am
Fear of flying

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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)

My career of fear of flying has a few similarities with yours, but the differences are greater in amount. As a kid, I was so terrified of flying that I let my whole family go on a holiday while I decided to stay at home alone. To board a plane was synonymous with certain death for me, and it still is.
When I board an airplane these days, I am certain that I will not arrive. However, over the years since my childhood phobia, I managed to be contempt with this "fact". I am incredibly calm. I have made my peace with the world and now expect to die in the most horrible airborne way (some weird error kicking in mid-air, followed by a minute-long descent, all the time knowing you will die and can't escape).
I have to fly a few times a year to visit my father and brother, who relocated to Spain. Taking the train or even a car is not an option, since that takes about two days and costs multiple times more. Sigh.

I'm quite surprised at the methods you employ to fight your fear. I try to ignore catastrophe reports and don't want to know any detail (your article is already too graphic, with it's descriptions of when a plane can break in two mid-air). Also, I can't sit in a window seat. Things are easier when I'm in an aisle seat and can pretend I'm in an ICE train while watching Miyazaki anime movies on my laptop.


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Rhodri Marsden
Tue, Jun. 2nd, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)

I used to make a return BUS journey to Hungary from London twice a year in order to avoid flying. 28 hours on a bus vs 90 minutes in the air. It's still a close-run thing, with me.


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