How to Ease Your Phobia
Lalitha Rao Pentapati
Know the Myths
Myth: Tragic plane crashes happen all the time.
Fact: The odds of dying as an airplane passenger are one in 1.2 million. The odds of
being killed in an automobile accident are one in 114. Should a plane crash occur,
following safety instructions and bracing for impact significantly increase chances
Myth: If a plane’s engines die, the plane will suddenly fall and crash.
Fact: Most commercial planes have four engines: two primary and two backup.
However, the engines do not keep the plane in flight; they help keep the plane
moving forward. A plane can operate as a glider for several minutes in the remote
scenario of total engine failure.
Face the fears. The mind naturally seeks protection from unfamiliar
circumstances. However, fear can be reduced or eliminated as it is dealt
with head on. Often, the fear of flying proves to be more debilitating than
Associate fear triggers with positive memories or images. This helps the
body to produce “feel good” or “love” hormones instead of stress
Research facts on airplane safety. Knowing what to expect reduces fears of
“what if” scenarios.