TAKE THE FEAR OUT OF FLYING
Arrive at the airport early
- Allow a minimum of three and a half hours for parking, walking, checking in and security screening.
- Consider travelling with a companion who understands your problem.
- Expect to be nervous, excited and uneasy. Take deep breaths. Stand, stretch and move about.
- Select a seat near the front of the plane, where it is quieter and smoother.
- Be sociable.
- Yawn and smile at someone.
- Follow the safety demonstration.
- Breathe deeply as the plane lines up for take off.
- Lean back in your set.
- Keep your eyes open during take off (take off only takes 35-40 seconds).
- Do not grip the arms of the seat - this will make you more tense.
- Wiggle your toes faster and faster.
- Listen for the sound of the landing gear being retracted and accept that the strange sounds and movements of the plane are normal.
- Remember the plane is built like a battleship and can cope with turbulent air conditions.
- Remember that the pilot and his crew want to get to the destination also, so will endeavour to make the flight as safe as possible.
- Keep your seat belt fastened at all times.
- If wishing to sleep, place seat belt on top of your blanket in order not to be disturbed by staff.
- Fly sober.