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

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rhodri
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Rhodri Marsden
Tue, Jun. 2nd, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)

I could have written this. Well, most of it.

I'm terrible to fly with. Appalling. Well, I say that, I'm terrible to fly with if you know me and are prepared to put up with my whining, anxious behaviour. If you tell me to fucking shut up, I'll behave myself.

I once (in desparation) read Allen Carr's book about How To Enjoy Flying, or similar. Apart from the predictable parallels to stopping smoking, the bit that chimed with me the most was a chapter called "Don't Try To Fly The Plane". Which I try and do. From my seat. As do you - your paragraph above, "I also need to monitor very, very closely all the sounds..."

But one of my favourite things in the world is the Japan Airlines video that they play you in the morning, showing you various stretching exercises. That's the most powerful sedative I know. If they played that constantly on every flight I ever took, I wouldn't even need diazepam. I'd pay good money for it on DVD, even.


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