My family and I are planning a vacation this summer that involves a flight to get there. My youngest son is a fearful flyer. This will be his first flight. He even asked if he could stay home with his nana so as to not have to fly. I’m afraid he’s going to make himself sick. So, being a good mother – I’ve started doing some research on things to do to help him out. I got to thinking about how many people out there have this fear even some who’ve been flying for a while.
Keep in mind that air travel is the second-safest mode of mass transportation in the world. This is second only to the escalator and elevator. Your chances of being involved in an aircraft accident are approximately 1 in 11 million. Your chances of being killed in an automobile accident are 1 in 5000. The most dangerous part of your flight is the drive to the airport. Of course, those statements do little to allay the fears of a 9 year-old.
One of the best pieces of advice was – don’t conceal it. Let the gate agent, your flight attendant and those around you know so that they can be supportive of you instead of suffering in silence. I plan on letting them know so they can help us. Hopefully, they’ll give us a seat in the front of the plane which is where turbulence is less than in the back.
Another good one was to keep yourself distracted. Listen to music, watch a movie, do a crossword puzzle or color/draw in your notebook. It helps pass the time and keeps your mind from hearing sounds that either don’t exist or are perfectly normal on a plane.
The best tip for a fearful flyer I found was to avoid drinks with caffeine. A hyper state of mind will only exacerbate your anxiety. I’ll definitely keep the soft drinks away from him the night before and the morning of. However, make sure you stay hydrated as dehydration can contribute to the fear process.
So, I’ll keep you guys posted on how it went when we get back. I hope these tips helped those of you who are fearful flyers too. For more tips, give us a call at Thunderbird Travel to plan your next vacation.