I was originally not going to discuss this one as I had plans to conquer another fear, however since in not too long I am going to post a trip that maxed out my sanity and that could not have happened without me conquering this fear first, I’m going to post about it
I’m scared of everything and that includes flying. At least I am in good company as people who have pteromerhanophobia (fear of flying) is somewhere between 20 to 25% of the population depending on the source. That makes it one of the most common fears.
I am not sure where my fear exactly came from, if it was the fact my father flew a lot for work or the fact I am scared of heights, enclosed spaces, and people all of which are in the airplane. Of course the fact that I know about every modern plane crash or disappearance imaginable does not help. The fact that my great grandmother’s sister (my great grand aunt), Eugenie Heloise Van Waard, was killed in the Tenerife airport disaster, the deadliest crash in aviation history certainly does not help!
But I had to go on a plane to go to Texas. I was originally going to drive but my driver had to have surgery so could not drive.
I had no time to get through a fear of flying course, but I did find this class which I felt helped… at least until I was on the plane.
I bought tickets for my grandmother and I to go to Houston.
She, by the way, is not a good person to fly with as she will tell you there is a gremlin on the plane. I was not amused. I was on the other hand terrified because she kept . As she requires special assistance she is the first one on and last one off the plane. The airline crew thought it was so cute that I was terrified of flying and they offered to let me see the cockpit. This was post-9/11 so that was a big deal. I declined and I told them I didn’t want anything to shatter the illusion that I was really on a really fast bus with wings.
I think the trip would have gone better if not for her gremlins thing.
I did end up doing much better on my next flight which was to Israel. 🙂
Are you scared of flying? Did you conquer it? If so, how?
Completed (at least in part!) : 2006
PS: You can learn more about the Tenerife disaster by checking out Project Tenerife.