“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.
Can fear of flying be cured?
Over time, and with the right combination of cognitive and behavioural therapy, a fear of flying can be cured, according to psychologists who offer treatments at such aerophobia clinics like Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.
What happens if you panic on a plane?
Try to turn your thoughts around
Fear of flying should be taken seriously, especially if you suffer from panic attacks. It’s good to prepare by going through your usual thoughts during a panic attack on-board. For instance, you may feel in danger because the doors are locked and there’s no exit from the cabin.