“Physicians can prescribe medications as needed for flight anxiety. The most common class includes benzodiazepines like Xanax and Ativan, which are relatively fast-acting to relieve anxiety and stay in the body for several hours, which is the duration for most cross-country flights.
Why am I so afraid of flying?
“Some of the primary reasons some people are afraid to fly are a fear of crashing, a fear of being out of control, a fear of the unknown, a fear of heights, having lost a loved one in a plane crash and feeling claustrophobic,” says Ora Nadrich, a certified mindfulness meditation instructor and life coach.
How do I stop being claustrophobic on a plane?
On the Plane During your flight, keep yourself distracted as much as possible. Bring an iPod, DVD player, or laptop or purchase headphones and watch the in-flight movie. If you have a panic attack, let your traveling partner know. Practice coping strategies. Ask for help if you need it.