Post # 1
Ok, I admit I do not like flying! I have managed to fly when absolutely necessary but I have not flown since the post 9/11 restriections became reality. What do I need to know besides I will have to take off my shoes for security?
Post # 3
all your liquids have to be in 3 oz containers or checked in your bag- i’d check with your airline for details
Post # 4
check out the faa’s website. Very informative. Pretty much that’s the jist of it..Vistagirl is right.
If you don’t like flying and it causes anxiety, call your doc and talk to him/her and see if they can prescribe for you a very mild anti anxiety med like the lowest dose of xanax.
Or just do as I do..get on board and order a mixed drink. Listen to relaxing music. Bring your own ipod or just have ready on hand some very relaxing songs.
I hate flying too, but when I fly with T, he holds my hand, I am very relaxed with him, and just read some good magazines and have a mixed drink. it went fine in march when we flew to jamaica.
Post # 5
I do engineering work at a company that builds airplanes. Nothing to worry about, I promise! Safer than a car ride…..
Do educate yourself on TSA regulations so you don’t hold up the lines too much. The people getting pissy will stress you out worse. I really hate when I have a brain fart and like, forget to take my laptop out and into a separate case. Grr. I highly advise taking something to er, knock you out a little! Softens the blow. If you don’t want an Rx, some dramamine can work. Some nice earplugs are distracting if you don’t like airplane noise. Me, i love it, it reminds me why I do what I do! Also why i LOVE my earplugs, lol.
Don’t get a window seat so you aren’t tempted to look out if it’s the height that freaks you out. Bring a neck pillow so you are more comfortable and just close your eyes. If you look around while you’re taking off, you’ll see the bumps and jars while your’e coasting down the runway. I get a little nauseaus on small planes so if I close my eyes, next thing I know it’s over.
Post # 6
Bose makes noise reducing headphones btw!
Post # 7
It seems to help me if I get on the place pretty sleep-deprived (since I usually have to leave my house at 4-5 am to catch a flight, that’s not so hard). I go to sleep as soon as we’re in the air and wake up when we land. 😀
Post # 8
ejs — lol, i love when people say flying is safer than a car ride…. it really helps my car anxiety lol. I’d prefer to fly then ride in a card but alas, that isn’t realistic is it?
I’d suggest taking an aisle seat, so in case you need to get up, walk around or stretch your legs. A window seat can be nice but if you get any kind of motion sickness, don’t do it and a middle seat is not a picnic either. Get a neck pillow for a long flight!
Post # 9
All great suggestions, thank you. I copied some of your suggestions onto a word file so I can refer to them in OMG, less than 2 and 1/2 months!
Post # 10
I didn’t go on a plane until I was 21 and was terrified. You said you’ve flown before, so that is good, but it’s been a while so you may still be scared. One thing that really stuck with me that I read is that a fear of flying is a "learned behavior." You’re not born with it, therefore you can "unlearn" it, if that makes sense. When I fly I definitely talk to myself (not outloud) and remind myself that the pilot has flown thousands of times, he knows how to get through thunderstorms. Also, I watched a show and they said that a plane will never go down because of turbulance. That really reassured me. The View did a whole thing on fear of flying (Whoopi was terrified) so if you go to their website you can probably find the episode. One more thing, I know everyone is different but the one and only time I drank before flying I had a panic attack. It didn’t take the edge off, it made me feel like I was going to throw up and caused me to freak out. Definitely check out the FAA website for restrictions. You can buy these packs of small bottles that are airline approved (I think they have them at Target or Wal Mart) if you need to carry on liquids. Good luck and safe travels!!
Post # 11
Please Please if you have bad anxiety call your Dr. and take something! My hubby is PETRIFIED of flying , he had to fly for a business trip 2 weeks ago , it was very rough. Even he is saying next time he’s calling the Dr. ( Mr. I don’t need to see anyone my back will heal itself). He also said it helped to have something to concentrate on while in the air. I gave him my DS lite , he played word search the entire time, music helps me. It’s been said before but check out the FAA website. Good luck darlin’ you’ll be fine!!
Post # 12
I know, it does help put things in perspective. I told myself everyday when my Fiance was deployed that he was statistically "safer" there than he was driving 45 minutes to work and back every day…..whatever works! I too would prefer to fly. But only if the seats were more comfy. Anything over a 3 hr car ride (especially if i’m alone and typically I am) I start having trouble. It does not help that every single plane accident gets heavily publicized though.
PS airplanes are built to absorb lightning and diffuse it properly. So don’t freak out! People get all weirded out about flying in thunder and lightning storms (i hear ya…metal plane…attract lightning, etc) but aluminum and ti is made to handle it properly when struck. Even when there is NO STORM planes are struck by lightning.
I too try to fly during my "bedtime". I’m going to Europe in a couple of months for work and I’m on a 9pm flight from Chicago. It’s better than being wide awake and conscious of your left buttcheek going numb.
Post # 13
As EAQ219 said, everyone is different on the drinking while flying thing, but I find that the only way I can get on a plane without crying through takeoff is drinking… relatively heavily! 🙂 And I would suggest if you’re taking this route to have a drink in the airport before boarding–for me, once the drink cart comes around, it’s too late–the freakout has started!
If you do drink on the plane, though (or even if you don’t) be sure to drink tons of water. Planes are so dehydrating, and a horrible dehydration headache makes things so much worse. Good luck!
Post # 14
I am only a little bit scared of flying, but one thing that helps me is to remember that the pilot probably has a nice family that he wants to get home safe to, so he is doing his best to make sure we all arrive safely.
Post # 15
Remember the following:
- Airplanes are designed to take off and fly with one engine, if need be. They’re not even going at max power during takeoff
- Similarly, the engines are designed to ingest a few birds
- There are lots of noises during takeoff, flight, and landing (flaps moving, gears going up and down, engines powering down and up, etc)…nothing to worry about
- You will feel things speed up and slow down, but this is normal as the plane must ascend, descend, and fit into the flight pattern
- The plane has to bank (roll) while turning. You’re not falling out of the sky.
- Turbulence is pretty much just like bumps in the road, but do keep your seatbelt fastened when you’re seated b/c a rough bout of turbulence can send you flying (no pun intended)
- Pilots are highly trained and love what they do
- If you’re still worried, watch the flight attendant…if she is calm and going about her business, you should be too
My dad is an airline pilot and I’m a total airplane nerd 🙂
Post # 16
Ativan. The miraclue cure. Seriously, I hate to fly, and found it’s easiest that way. Or if you go OTC, a heflt does of benadryl about 30 minutes before you get on. I’m really stressed b/c our honey moon is only an hour flight to Vegas, and I don’t want to be groggy, but I don’t know if I can fly unmedicated.