ORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6063 times:
I don't know anybody who hasn't ever flown, but I do know a few people who don't like to fly unless they absolutely have to because they have a fear of flying. As much as I try to explain the safety of air travel to them, some people just won't buy into the fact that air travel is much safer than car travel.
There are some celebrities who won't fly. John Madden absolutely refuses to fly ever...he has a private bus that he takes to all the football games, and he won't go along with the crew to Honolulu each year for the probowl.
Asuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6018 times:
My grandmother has never flown before. My aunt offered her a paid BusinessFirst ticket to fly to England with her next week and she turned it down. She has even refused to come and see me in Arizona for my graduation.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16694 posts, RR: 66
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5902 times:
Having had periods where I have been a nervous flier, I can tell you that it's not a rational thing. I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of nervous fliers are fully aware that it's perfectly safe. But the hindbrain thinks otherwise
Fear of flying has never stopped me from flying, but I have been known to do relaxation breathing during turbulence. Yes, I know it's perfectly safe.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots." - from Citadel by John Ringo
N801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5842 times:
I was afraid to fly and yet, loved "Airplane." That may be why. However, the chance to go to California was too great to pass up. My friend, that I was going out to see, was actually surprised that I got on the plane! So much for faith. While there can be parts I don't like I now enjoy flying. I'll fatten up my WorldPerks account again this weekend. Now I just have to lick my fears about driving highways in unknown places.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5840 times:
I have an uncle, 69 yrs old living in Buffalo, NY who has never ever step aboard an aircraft in his entire life. In fact, he has never even been west of the Mississippi river in his lifetime. He goes anywhere & everywhere (if you can it that) strictly by car. He's just a homebody. Regards.
"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11560 posts, RR: 62
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5825 times:
One of my best friends has never flown yet, although he should be accompanying me to Switzerland with one of the LCC's early next year. He's just never had the need to go anywhere before. The further you get from major cities the more people you find who have never left their county let alone flown somewhere, or in universal terms not been more than 50 miles from home and taken their honeymoon in the pub down the road.
...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
AzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 750 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5805 times:
I had a taxi driver one time from the Tyler TX airport into town. She spent the whole drive proudly telling me that Texas is the best place in the world, that she'd never been out of Texas and never wanted to be, wasn't about to fly anywhere. I was just thinking to myself, "Lady, there's a great big world out there...too bad you're gonna miss it."
Those who want to do something will find a way; those who don't will find an excuse.
SIunitsrule From Panama, joined Jul 2004, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5800 times:
There are literally billions of people that do not earn more than two or three dollars per day. Some live in remote places were the nearest telephone is a payphone miles away (I've been to such places). Many of them go every once in a while by bus to the nearby civilized town (the bigger town in the area), but some cannot even afford that.
It's sad that so many people cannot possibly afford it.
Everything is relative, so be mindful of your references...
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5795 times:
There's really nothing to be stunned about... some people are just afraid of flying, no matter how much convincing they receive or how much proof they see. Just think of your worse fear and have an aficionado try to convince you that everything wil be ok... just try it once. I'll be like, "Hell no!"
Such is the case with someone who I work with. She refuses to fly for whatever reason so she takes boats and cruises almost everywhere she goes. Obviously, her list if places becomes somewhat limited but hey, it works for her.
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!