(Closed) Alot of Anxiety about flying.. any tips? I got questions.

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

First of all, flying really isn’t that bad! It’s a little bumpy sometimes, but nothing to worry about! (Easier said than done, I know).

Luggage – if you booked one flight, you shouldn’t have to get your baggage in Atlanta. If you booked a separate flight from home to Atlanta and to Atlanta to wherever you’re going, you would need to get your baggage and re-check it. 45 minutes is plenty for a layover – you don’t have to go through security again or anything. One time I had 20 minutes between flights and made it to the gate before they started boarding.

I would pack at least one outfit and whatever you can’t live without in your carry on, just in case your luggage is lost. Also, make sure you follow the 3-1-1 rule with liquids in your carry on. And if you’re taking your computer in your carry on, make sure it’s easily accessible because you’ll have to take it out in security.

I enjoy the window seat, especially during take off and landing. For me it’s fun to see the landscape from above. If my fiance flies with me, he always takes the window seat, so I just sit in the middle and lean over him when I want to see. Maybe this would be a good compromise for you. 🙂

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Let go of the anxiety. Always remember that the pilot is on the same plane you are, and he has a vested interest in arriving safely.

Take enough in your carry on that you could get through the next day if your checked luggage did not arrive. That includes a bathing suit and coverup so you can use the pool without having to open your suitcase in the hotel lobby if your room isn’t ready to check in. Take an empty water bottle so you can fill it up after you go through security and again when you are on the plane for your longer flight.-much easier than repeatedly asking the flight attendant for a glass of water.

Pack some of your clothes and your fiancees clothes in each  of your checked suitcases rather than each taking your own. Again, if one of your suitcases doesn’t make it to your final destination, you will each have something to wear.

You can only use approved locks that the TSA can open so don’t bother with anything else.

Ask at your initial airport if they can check your luggage all the way through to your final destination. They may not be able to, if it is only a small regional airport.

In that case, your 45 minutes might be very tight to claim your luggage and get to the next gate in time.

Make sure to tell the flight attendant that you have only a short time in Atlanta and they will usually let you get off the plane first.

While you are still at home, go to the website of the airport in Atlanta and familiarize yourself with the layout and how to get from your arrival gate to your departure gate. As soon as you get off the plane, ask an airport attendant for help to make your gate. They will sometimes take you on one of their carts if they figure you are short on time.

And don’t forget to have fun!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

i agree with above and would like to add my own two cents here lol and if you wonder about my info my degree is in travel lol

I love to travel but flying scares me witless and after many hops up and down and around on planes here’s what I’ve learned to do.

Don’t lock checked bags unless they’re the kinda the security ppl can unlock other wise they’ll just be cut off esp since you’re going out of country. Pack valuables in your carry on *i prefer a backpack easier to take but that’s just me*

Remember be nice to customs and answer and declare anything and make sure not to go over limits

Look into bringing reciepts or some proof of purchase for every pricey itmes you might be bring with you *i.e. wedding/engagment ring set* computer etc. If you can prove you had these items before going to St. Lucia you won’t have to pay duty on them bc you’re not importing them *meaning you didn’t buy them in St Lucia* prolly not as bad since it’s not Europe *gateway for diamonds etc*

As you go thru security don’t get flustered that’s a sure way to get extra screening remove your shoes *i always travel in flip flops or crocs for this reason easy on easy off* remove your laptop from it’s bag and place in seperate container/empty your pockets, wedding rings don’t set off the scanner at least mine doesnt!

Take dramine (spelling??) or other motion sickness medicine even if you don’t get motion sick it relaxes the nerves and helps me feel less uptight during take off. Landing is awesome!

Bring at least one magazine in your carryon I like to look at it and it takes my mind off of flying.

Not drinks can be brought thru security so wait til the other side to buy soft drinks water etc

Atlanta is huge but it can be done in 45 mins! If you don’t have to change concourses you’ll be fine for sure!! I’ve gone from A to D in 45 mins. Just move with a purpose! The trains are easy to take and make sure you get off at the right stop *which isn’t hard to do they announce it clearly* but the trains are fast so hold on tighlty *they’re the fastest i’ve been on*

i like the aisle seat or the emergency row exit bc i’m tall and enjoy the extra room

hope that helps you’ll have a great time!

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

oh yes some yes they will move your luggage for you from plane to plane in atlanta no worries. lost luggage is rare but pack your passport with you in your carry on and put copies of all documents *travel dates, tix, shuttle passes etc in each suitcase for extra security*

consider buying one large suitcase and both of you packing in it…with the cost of checked luggage this might be easier.

 

Post # 7
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18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with the others above.  The layover is plenty of time.  We once had to make an international layover in 20 minutes across the airport in Spain!

I wouldn’t worry about locking your bag.  It seems like they are going through everyone’s bags lately.  But they are back away from other passengers so no one should be going in the bag except TSA personnel.

Make sure that you do not pack large liquids in your carryon.  The rule is that you can have 3 oz bottles as long as they fit in 1 quart sized ziploc bag per person.

You won’t have to get your bags and recheck them for the connection, the airline does that for you.

Make sure that you chew gum when you are taking off, it keeps your ears from hurting from the pressure.

Don’t worry about it, it will be fine!

Post # 9
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18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The bathrooms aren’t horrible but pretty small.  The food depends.  You will probably get a meal on the 5 hr flight.  For the short one, they might not even have time for beverage service.  You can bring food on the plane but no liquids unless you buy them after security.  You should carry your camera and mp3 player on the plane.  They do require you to take all electronics out of your carry on bag but the rest of the items will probably be fine.

You just put your small things in the bins they provide and they put it on the belt that goes through the x-ray machine.  Don’t touch the bag until it comes out the other side of the belt.

I would check with the airline but a lot of them are charging for every checked bag.

Post # 10
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332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

no you don’t have to unpack the bag unless there is a problem last time i went *a week ago* they looked me over pretty closely *bc i know they wondered about the medley of crap in mine lol coffee mug, computer, camera, and socks*

the mp3 helps my ears with popping too

you can bring snacks on the plane i always take a snickers it travels better than other candy

yes the bathrooms are small but can be manageable

i don’t get motion sick reading on a plane but i do in a car

pack mp3 player and camera in carry on *i wrap mine in bubble wrap bc a lot of times they can check my bag plane side which means it goes under the plane without paying a few so i don’t have to take it on myself they pull it off as we land and hand it to you in the tunnel *pull out Mp3 and mags etc before tho*

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I am a nervous flyer, but over the years, as I have flown more, the anxiety has subsided. Also, I’m generally a worrier, so all the anxious thoughts you are having are very familiar to me.

One thing I wish someone had told me before I flew by myself (I had flown big trips with my parents when I was younger, but had clearly suppressed those memories, hah), is that aircraft are NOISY. Especially the small ones. Every bang, and weird propeller noise I heard, I thought we were going to fall out of the sky! Here’s the key thing though…if no one else looks concerned, the noises you’re hearing are normal 🙂

Like others have said, don’t be afraid to tell the flight attendants that you are nervous, and also about your short connection. They will help you (if you are polite and nice to them), it’s their job. Here’s the other thing, and as an anxious person it has taken me a long time to come to terms with this: if you miss a flight, if a bag goes missing, etc, it will all be ok!! There will be another flight, your bag will show up (it’s hard for bags to get really lost these days, since they are bar-coded), you might miss a night here or there, but it will be OK!

Finally, my SO is a commercial airline pilot. I would be lying if I said I don’t sometimes get a nervous feeling in my tummy when his phone is still switched off and I thought he was supposed to have landed by now. But as a previous poster said, the pilot has a vested interest in the plane staying in the air! If you want to pick my brain about anything, please feel free to PM me 🙂

 

Oh, and finally (again….) you do want the window seat. Nothing is more amazing than seeing the world from above for the first time, even if you are deathly terrified at the time. Good luck, I hope you have an amazing trip!!

Post # 12
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332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

yes most airlines charge up to $50 per bag so you can each bring one and one free carry on but up to $100 for luggage is steep

me and hubs are going to Disney World and bringing one big suitcase

Post # 13
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303 posts
Helper bee

As for motion sickness, the motion on a plane is really different to in a car. You don’t have that same sort of constant feeling of movement. Take a book, you can always stop reading it if you start to feel ooky.

Your ticket will tell you how much baggage you get (it might be in the fine print), and sometimes it will say if a meal service is included. Take your electronics in your carry-on, most travel insurance policies will not cover damage or theft of these unless you carry them with you, and having seen the way that baggage handlers treat bags in the tarmac, there is NO WAY I would put my camera in checked baggage!

I’m not a huge fan of airplane toilets (is anyone? I have NO idea how you would ever have sex in one), I’m always paranoid that I will somehow eff up the door and get stuck in there, cue embarrassment and humiliation. For short legs, I go before I board. For long haul I try and hold off because once I go…I keep going (partly because on long haul I hydrate hydrate hydrate..oh my bladder)…

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

Oh and (man, I need to stop talking!), I haven’t flown domestically in the US, but I think the security stuff is pretty much the same in Aus. Here, I have to take my laptop and any aerosols out of my carry-on to go through security. The rules on liquids have been eased here, but I always keep my makeup/moisturiser etc in a little baggie in chuck it in the tray with my laptop.

Don’t be worried if they pull you aside and want to have a look in your bag (or do a trace explosives test, it’s no biggie). Sometimes things can look weird in the x-ray, especially if you have lots of cables etc (headphones, chargers ets) all tangled up on each other. I had a little metal jewellery box in my carry-on once, and it did weird reflecty things on the x-ray so they made me take everything out to figure out what it was.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

The PP have covered almost everything. You can check your airline to see what type of food will be provided. Regardless of that I always prepare myself with some snacks (crackers, granola bars, etc) that I either bring with me or buy in a store in the airport. I would also recommend bringing chewing gum. The pressure in the plane changes, especially during takeoff and landing, and chewing helps your ears pop so you don’t have that uncomfortable feeling.

Also, the plane for your longer flight might have in-fight entertainment, but maybe not, depending on the airline. Some planes have communal movie screens at the end of the aisle or touch screens in front of you. You can check that on the airline website- it will be listed by the type of plane you’ll be on which is info you can find on your ticket.

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