Post # 1
Another bee with a need for words of wisdom and calmness in regards to my ‘irrational’ fear of flying!!
My Fiance and I are leaving next week for a long weekend in Florida. This is not my first time flying (which means that although Im fearful of flying, I still get on planes!), however, it is my first time flying in the dead of Winter, out of the Midwest where temps are supposed to be in the negative numbers with a pontential of snow (per weather forecasts!).
I am freaking out.
I have flown in a bad rain storm, and although it ended up being fine, it was a terrible 1.5 hours of pure anxiety. I have never flown in cold or snow!! I know they will need to de-ice the plane, but I cannot quite understand how that is actually a safe bet for a good take-off. I know others have flown in crazy weather, and de-iced planes, and have been just fine, etc.
I plan to take an anti-anxiety med, but I fear it will not keep my calm *enough*. Bees whom fly, or at least do not mind flying, please talk me off the ledge!! I am 7 days away from this trip, and cannot even get excited about it 🙁
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
@OUgal0004: I know someone who has a huuuuge fear of flying too. She had some anxiety pills prescribed for her and she too felt like it wasn’t going to help. When she got back from her trip she told me how well they worked for her. She said, she was really calm and her anxiety wasn’t even on the radar. I’m sure the anxiety meds will do wonders for you, too! 🙂
Post # 4
@LMD: Thank you…let’s hope so!! I have gotten thru every single flight in the past without them, but for whatever reason the anxiety about flying in winter has me MORE hyped than I have ever been. Fingers crossed 🙂
Post # 5
There are actually very strict FAA regulations on de-icing, down to the combination of time, temperature and moisture, so there’s no chance really that your plane will be cleared for takeoff if it’s not been de-iced and the conditions require it. You only need to de-ice before take-off; once you’re in the air, the plane has its own systems to keep ice from forming again. If you’re flying from the Midwest, trust me, those airports know what needs to be done.
once up in the air it’s actually pretty common that rain storms produce more turbulence than snow storms, so you’ll probably have a smooth ride! The worst part of flying in the winter tends to be the delays, because your plane might have to wait its turn for de-icing or might be running behind from waiting at the last airport for de-icing but you just need some patience to survive that. It never hurts to have a change of clothes in your carry-on bag and a little extra cash in case your flight gets cancelled, but you’d have to get an awful lot of snow for the airport to shut down entirely.
Post # 6
In the last couple of years, I’ve developed more anxiety about flying too. I usually have a few drinks before/on the flight or take anxiety meds (but don’t mix them, haha!). It helps to calm me down if I think about things rationally — there are so many airports all over the world with flights taking off and landing every minute, and major plane crashes are so relatively rare. I watched a really good documentary awhile back that talked about how hard it is to crash a modern plane due to pilot error because so many things are done by computer now. Whenever I hear a noise or feel a bump I just try to think, “okay, that’s the landing gear retracting now,” or “okay, we’re just getting above the cloud level, so there’s a little turbulence.”
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
@OUgal0004: I used to fly every weekend for a year, and that included those bitter cold, wintery months! I’ve been on planes where they had to de-ice before takeoff. Everything, each time, went just as normally as it had during the summer months. I did not notice a single thing different about takeoff and landing outside of having to wait to be de-iced. 🙂 No worries, really!