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Aviophobia is more than present. Some estimates show that about 40% of people are afraid of flying and that some 10% do not fly at all due to their fear. A common cure is to get a couple of drinks. But, beware not to turn into a drunken guy who’s screaming that the plane will crash and fighting stewardesses. People tend to frown upon that. Also, you might end up like this guy.

airplane passenger tied to the seat

A drunk passenger that screamed that the plane would crash and attacked other passengers. For real.

So, what can you do to keep your sanity and avoid becoming an internet attraction through a duck-taping incident? Here are some tips that will help you deal with your fear.

Plane in the sky

Fear of flying is a very common condition

What happens if the engines stop?

First of all, let’s see what some common fears really would look like if they would happen. If an engine stops working in a plane with two engines, the plane can still fly and it will land at the nearest airport. Any plane with more than two engines will actually continue its journey. That’s how small of a problem that is. Ok, but what if all the engines stop working. Well, the plane is not a rock; it will not just plummet to the ground. In fact, it will keep gliding for about half an hour and all other controls will be fully functional. Hell, even a direct hit by lightning can do absolutely no harm since the electricity passes down the fuselage and discharges from the wings. Basically, nothing happens.

Aerial view from a plane of Bora Bora French Polynesia

After a while you might actually learn to enjoy the lovely view

Facing fears

Ok, fear of flying is rarely a rational thing. So, no statistics really helps when you are some 35,000 ft up in the air and you are even afraid of climbing the ladder at home. First of all, adrenaline levels rise when you are scared, and that makes you nervous. Think of this as a normal state that needs to be overcome.
Next, you know you are afraid of flying. So, why the hell are you up there? There must be a good reason for this and that reason just might be good enough to keep you motivated. So, keep in mind all the good things that await for you when you land.
Breathe calmly. When you get scared, you breathe rapidly. This is a bad thing. Focus on your breathing and try to make one breath last about 5 to 6 seconds. So, breathe in for 3 seconds and breathe out for the same amount of time. This will keep you calm, and give you something to keep your mind on.
Don’t expect miracles. You will probably feel fear for quite some time even after you’ve learned to cope with it. This is a long process. When you learn to cope, you should try to analyze the moments when you felt fear the most and try to work out a strategy to overcome those problems one at a time.
So, there you go. These tips are pretty simple and easy to follow. Of course, you could always turn to sedatives, but they have their bad sides as well, especially if you have to keep an eye on your children, or speak with your business partners. So, take your time and beat that fear of flying.