If you have a fear of flying you may find that you dread holidays rather than look forward to them. In this blog we explore some of the reasons behind flying phobias, and what can be done about them.
Up to 1 in 5 of us fear flying*, and the phobia can take various forms. Some “aviophobes” are actually frequent but reluctant fliers, others are unable to even visit an airport. Many people will face a “turning point”. For some people this is when their fear of flying stops them from taking holidays with their family or prevents them from visiting a destination they have always wanted to see. Or perhaps their dream job involves lots of flying and they want to start enjoying it rather than fearing it.
The important thing to remember is that your fear of flying is not something that you have to put up with – it can be cured. After all, most aviophobes are aware that their fear is irrational, as flying is by far the safest method of travel and the odds on being involved in an accident are minute.
There are a number of methods used for overcoming a fear of flying. These include hypnosis and counselling. Another method is courses that are run by airlines. These usually last a day, and help to overcome the fear explaining how flying actually works and removing the fear of the unknown. With the knowledge, you gain understanding and therefore feel in control.
Virgin Atlantic claim a 98% success rate on their “Flying Without Fear” course. The course includes a talk from pilots about how they are trained, how an aircraft flies and even what all the noises mean! Later in the day there is a talk from a psychologist to help the participants explore the reasons behind their fear,
A short flight is included in the afternoon, and many participants find that their fear has already evaporated by then. The flight includes a complete commentary on everything that is happening with the plane and why turbulence is completely safe (apparently it is the aviation equivalent of speed bumps!).
People who have been cured are now finding that flying can be a very enjoyable experience and on a clear day you can see some incredible sights from your window in a way that isn’t possible by any other method. So don’t let your fear hold you back!
Once you have got your fears out of the way and are enjoying flying all over the world, don’t forget your travel insurance. 24/7 travel insurance offers single-trip cover starting from less than a fiver** and annual multi-trip cover starting from just £32.35***.
* Source: fearfreeflying.co.uk
** Premium £4.38 includes Insurance Premium Tax; based on an individual traveller aged under 55 taking out a “Standard” Single Trip policy for 3 days in Europe excluding personal possessions cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press and are subject to change.
*** Premium £32.35 includes Insurance Premium Tax; based on an individual traveller aged under 55 taking out a “Standard” annual multi-trip policy for Europe excluding personal possessions cover. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press and are subject to change.