(Closed) nervous about flying…recent attacks in the news

posted 9 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I still think in terms of the likeliness of something happening on your flight. I’m pretty sure I heard somewhere that you are more likely to die in a car accident than on a plane. Are you scared to get in your car every day?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Eh, I’m a big believer in the “when it’s your time, it’s your time” philosophy.  So long as you’re not blatantly testing fate by doing something silly like sticking rusty needles in your eyes…  then it’s just Darwinism.  ๐Ÿ˜‰  You’re more likely to get into a car accident than go down in a plane.  I certainly don’t feel as safe flying as I did in a pre-9/11 world, but at the same time, In My Humble Opinion, it’s not worth denying myself my love of travel.  I just up the dosage on my Meepsie Pre-flight cocktail – a xanax, a glass of wine (or a screwdriver for morning flights) and a melatonin.  By the time the safety announcement starts up, I am zonked.  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Good luck convincing the hubs to fly to the honeymoon! 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

Eeek I am already an awful awful air traveler, and this isn’t helping me whatsoever! If you are really nervous about flying and you need to relax, go to your doctor and get a prescription for some anti anxiety drugs. I take Xanax…I can’t fly without it…otherwise I’m that really really nervous, white knuckled girl gripping the seat and sweating the entire ride. Heaven forbid there is any turbulence…

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I don’t love flying, but I’m not going to let some nutjob scare me out of going where I want to go either.

I do, however, adore the Meepsie cocktail… what a great way to fly.  Too bad I’m in the Tylenol only zone these days!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@Miss Buttons (congrats on your bee-dom by the way) – Xanax has saved my fellow air travelers from so much frustration.  I used to cry (like a baby) and sit there with my arms crossed & my fingernails dug in to my upper arms.  Pre-xanax, there isn’t one vacation that I didn’t have 5 little crescent indentations on my upper arms.  Oh, and I’d yell (seriously yell) when we’d hit turbulence. 

Post-xanax scrip, I took an overnight flight to Ireland and was so knocked out that I woke up when we landed and was starting to say how good the little baby behind me was the whole flight…  Then I got the look of death from my mom who was across the aisle from me…  Turns out that “good” baby projectile vomited all over my seatback for half the flight.  Yay xanax and cocktails! 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Honestly, I’m not letting it get to me.  A lot of bigger airports have way more security than South Africa and the fact that this could have been detected annoys me that they don’t have more security going into the US.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I have no problem with flying.  You are far far far far far far more likely to die in any number of other ways than a ‘terrorist’ attack.  I think most of the security measures are just for show – especially right now with the silly ‘no carry on’ ‘can’t leave your seat’ measures.  I do not however want to fly into the US any time soon. It’s such a headache and far too complicated.  I’d be pretty annoyed if I were flying through the US this Christmas season!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I don’t fly too much, but with the most recent incident happening on a flight to my hometown, I was thinking about it today.  For me, I feel like I’m not going to let terrible people prevent me from doing what I want.  If I were nervous, I’d try to relax a little while a drink or even some relaxing music on your iPod.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

@Miss Meepsie OMG me too! My family wanted to disown me when we were in Italy. We were flying from Amsterdam to Rome, and the original plane wasn’t able to make it so they sent a spare…and by spare I mean this thing was a craphole of a plane! There were some overhead bins that were DUCT TAPED shut…I kid you not! Of course it was the bumpiest flight I’ve EVER been on, and this was before my Xanax/Lorazepam days…I started bawling my eyes out and put my head in my dad’s lap…and kept repeating over and over how I was too young to die. So embarrassing…and you can bet that as soon as we returned from Europe I went in to get that prescription!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I never liked flying much to begin with, but I still feel okay about it. I only fly when there’s no other option!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m not afraid to fly, and am not more afraid after this latest terrorist attempt. The only thing that irritates me is soon we’ll just have to sit on planes and won’t be able to bring *anything* with us, not even a book or a jacket to use as a pillow/blanket. We already have to take our shoes off and have to carry our liquids in little pouches…I agree that most of this is just for show. If they want to blow up a plane, they will find a way, regardless of how many of us are standing in lines waiting to have our sneakers x-rayed.

And, your MUCH more likely to get hurt in your car, driving 1000+ miles, than you are flying.

OP, I”ve driven from Maine to FL twice, and -(I love driving)- it’s not fun. It’s fun for the first 6-8 hours, then it’s just blah. FL’s bigger than you think, especially once you hit the border and are sick are tired of being in the car. Fly so you can enjoy more time on your honeymoon…and less time filling up at truck stops along I-95!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@ D.Marie – just tell FH that you want to spend your honeymoon relaxing & not sitting in traffic.  Maybe point out that while gas is cheaper, what about the wear & tear on the car plus all the little stops along the way for food/hotel.  Also, just mention that driving will take time away from being alone in a hotelroom together!  ๐Ÿ™‚

@ everyone – I agree, letting the “bad guys” scare you out of doing what you want, when you want is just letting them “win” in a different way. 

@Mrs.DG – ahh, a few more months and you can have a Meepsie Cocktail.  ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

@Ms.Buttons – OMG, you never would’ve gotten me to sit on that ductape plane long enough for takeoff!  FH’s family lives in the middle of nowhere – we have to fly into SEA or PDX or SFO and take a itty bitty plane that is smaller than the BUS I ride to their “local” airport (which is still 45min away).  The first time Future Mother-In-Law met me, I was soooooooo drugged up from that flight, she must’ve thought her son brought some junkie home from NYC with him! 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Gabrielleelise is right – I-95 is a booooooooooooring drive.  There’s nothing to even see….  and VA is way longer than you think too! 

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