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What Scares You About Flying?  
User currently offlineSamair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 213 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5998 times:

What scares you about flying?
is it the noises?, bumps, interior or even the exterior
any comments ?
well for me the noises and the interior play a part on flying and also when you feel turbulence after takeoff!


the captain has now dimmed the lights for take off this is a routine procedure for flights during the hours of darkness!
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User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5993 times:

I'm not scared of flying but when an a/c I'm suddenly loses a little altitude and feels like zero G's for a fraction of a second, it makes my heart speed up.


Avoid hangovers, stay drunk.
User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5992 times:

The thing I'm most scared of about flying is to be flying and then be very suddenly not flying.

User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3207 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5983 times:

When somebody who looks a bit dodgy is walking towards the cockpit, this always gets my heart racing.

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 1):
when an a/c I'm suddenly loses a little altitude and feels like zero G's for a fraction of a second, it makes my heart speed up.

I'll second that one!



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User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5975 times:

I'm not scared of flying really, I've always just been a little uncomfortable flying over water... No idea why.


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User currently offlineAirbusa340 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5972 times:

Having to 'VOMIT' scares the sh-- out of me. It hasn't happened yet!!!


Airbusa340
User currently offlineNonfirm From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5953 times:

I do not like the flying part i think it has to do with not being in control of the situation.  airplane 

User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5933 times:

I HATE turbulence especially on take off. Doesn't bother me too much during cruise or even landing though...

When I was flying as an F/A, turbulence did not bother me at all. Actually, heavy turbulence were fun because it meant no service but galley chatting and eating for us  Smile

Once en route LGW-ZRH on Helvetic F 100, I was just dozing off in a pretty uncomfortable position when we had a sudden drop. I really hurt my back and was scared s***less.. That, I don't like either.

I also do not like sharp banks especially when the A/C is very close to the ground...



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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3769 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5929 times:

The prospect of being stuck for 8+ hrs next to an Italian scares me... Other than that, nothing really scares me about flying. Big grin

Cheers
Mats



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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5908 times:

I kinda have to stare straight forward when taking off as my head gets a little dizzy, only time i aint had to do that was on the upper deck in BA Club world, on a rear facing seat. Very odd.

I dont like turb that much, if we hit any, i just get some chewing gum, its gives me somethin to concentrate on, close my eyes, and chew like the wind as it were lol.

It really does help

Dan


User currently offlineAirtanzania1 From Tanzania, joined May 2006, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5905 times:

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 1):
I'm not scared of flying but when an a/c I'm suddenly loses a little altitude and feels like zero G's for a fraction of a second, it makes my heart speed up.

Well, thats one thing I love about flying it makes the flight more interesting. I cant think of anything that would scare me maybe getting hijacked.



Awe. 737-200.
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5902 times:

I love everything about flying, I never get scared. Abandoned approaches are a bit of a worry, just in case there's other traffic out there not paying attention, but they don't happen often.

User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3303 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5904 times:
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Quoting Airbusa340 (Reply 5):
Having to 'VOMIT' scares the sh-- out of me. It hasn't happened yet!!!

That's one of the reasons I hate flying TO Europe. I can't sleep on planes, regardless of what drugs I take before to knock me out, and the overnight flight exhausts me, and people are MUCH more vulnerable to motion sickness when they're tired, which I have found out the hard way MANY times. I throw up on almost all my east-bound TransAtlantics.

Quoting Nonfirm (Reply 6):
I do not like the flying part i think it has to do with not being in control of the situation.

Yeah, me too. The idea that if something goes wrong, that's pretty much it at 33,000 feet.

Quoting Trekster (Reply 9):
I kinda have to stare straight forward when taking off as my head gets a little dizzy,

I am the same way. I used to love starting out the window, but whenever the plane turned I'd get sick. So I put my iPod on with the bud in only one ear and hide the wire and iPod itself, and stare straight ahead as far as I can. It's also a reason I hate being in a bulkhead seat with the wall right in front of me.


The biggest thing, however, for me is not dying, or vomiting, or turbulence, or any of those things, even though they do give me anxiety attacks. The thing that terrifies me the most is, if the plane crashes, is experiencing that time between 33,000 feet and 0 feet, where I know I'm about to die and I have to think of all the people I love, the people I haven't met yet, the things I've done, the things I've yet to do. I just can't imagine dying with those being my final thoughts. I guess it's the inevitability of death if the plane crashes, not the death itself.

TIS



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5902 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 12):
The biggest thing, however, for me is not dying, or vomiting, or turbulence, or any of those things, even though they do give me anxiety attacks. The thing that terrifies me the most is, if the plane crashes, is experiencing that time between 33,000 feet and 0 feet, where I know I'm about to die and I have to think of all the people I love, the people I haven't met yet, the things I've done, the things I've yet to do. I just can't imagine dying with those being my final thoughts. I guess it's the inevitability of death if the plane crashes, not the death itself.

Blimey - you must be a real joy to travel with ! Seriously, lighten up. Thinking about that kind of crap will make you crazy.


User currently offlineKazzie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5900 times:

Quoting Samair (Thread starter):
What scares you about flying?

The people at Amadeus...


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5900 times:

Quoting Kazzie (Reply 14):
The people at Amadeus...

Be afraid - be very afraid !


User currently offlineKazzie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5899 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 15):
Be afraid - be very afraid !

 Silly

you are a:

@P/ED/I

or

@P/ED/C/*WCHC*

 Silly


User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5897 times:

Losing my wings for any reason anymore scares me more than anything else.


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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5897 times:
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Quoting Samair (Thread starter):
What Scares You About Flying?

The debt incurred from flight training.




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User currently offlineFutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5879 times:

The only thing that scares me durring flight is that I will not be able to fly those birds once I get older... kinda simular to the user with a simular username as mine... (reply 17)

-Sam



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User currently offlineJetflyer From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5869 times:

I'm scared of the engines start, taxiing, thrust increase for takeoff, the takeoff, the climb, cruise and descent and approach and landing. It is so terrifying, all of it.

TRIVEIAL FACT: DID you wnok the wings are more likely to fall off when taxiing than flying?

[Edited 2006-06-18 04:34:59]

User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3303 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5856 times:
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Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 13):
Blimey - you must be a real joy to travel with ! Seriously, lighten up. Thinking about that kind of crap will make you crazy.

Oh, I know, my family hates flying with me, but I usually do take some comfort if we're all flying together cuz I know that if something happens we'll be together. Flying alone last month was quite an experience, haha. I mean, I'm not going to go into complete denial and say, "Oh, well, that will definitely NEVER happen to me!" Because, although the odds are WAY in my favor that it never will, I've always been a pessimist, and as long as there's a one in 450 trillion chance of something bad happeneing I'm going to expect it if it's a situation where I won't be in control. I don't get scared walking down the street, or driving a car, because in the major accidents where death occurs in those case, it's usually really quick. Or, you don't have time to think. Death doesn't scare me at all. It's being in a situation where death is imminent and inevitable that frightens me. And nobody said I was a sane guy, haha. There's a reason I saw pshrinks for 5 years!

TIS



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5853 times:

That my bags don't get lost. That's about it. I'm much more scared to get in a NYC taxi, for example.

Harry



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User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5852 times:

Crosswind landings. I always think that after the main gear touches down, as the front 'swings around', it's going to hit the runway at just the wrong moment and shear the front landing gear off...

Yeah, I know it's probably not possible, but It still bugs me.

I'm mildly bothered being in any vehicle I'm not in control of, but much less so of ones I don't know HOW to control, like an airplane.



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User currently offlineAsturias From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 2148 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5842 times:

Nothing scares me about flying. I revel in it. It is one of the best sensations I know of. I am more alert in smaller planes, Cessnas or the like, but I'm not scared.

I love crosswind landings, especially when the plane crabs in on the runway  Smile

Strange noises make me feel alert too, but not scared. Heavy turbulence and losing lots of height all of a sudden especially during landing a few hundred meters above ground makes the heart beat faster but it is exciting!

cheers

Asturias



Tonight we fly
25 Post contains images BA787 : Nope just Soviet era aircraft T.C.
26 Post contains images COAfan : My first post here on A.net. Nothing really scares me about flying, but when the flight crew flies recklessly. Phillip
27 Post contains images JGPH1A : I think you should ask for your money back I find it best to be zen about flying, what happens happens - if you're late for a connection or something
28 Tsaord : The thought of the plane just nose diving or sudden exploding are enough to keep my hands sweaty when I fly.
29 MSNtriathlete : Wow, glad I'm not the only one who has some of the irrational fears I have. I always wondered how I can get nervous in a plane sometimes when I'm othe
30 AirWillie6475 : That we might crash. We might be trapped and burned alive. Rapid decompression. Explosion in the cabin with fire. Seeing the front cabin section with
31 DENplanenut : Screaming children... esp. the ones that kick the back of my seat.
32 OV735 : I've had interest in aviation since I was a little kid, and, at an amateur level, studied almost every part of flying. I've pretty much come to the co
33 AlexPorter : For me it is two things: 1. Strange noises. Not noises that are obvious, like flaps and gear. I'm talking about other noises. One example I can think
34 Post contains images HorizonGirl : Well said! Neither can I. I have tried to sleep on redeyes countless times before, but I end up spending the whole night sitting straight up with my
35 YULYMX : Only 2 things 1- Metal Fatigue... Wing drop off 2- all engines failures
36 Reins485 : I am glad I am not the only one unable to sleep. The only real thing that scares me about flying is semi-critical flight problem and having all the p
37 Alphafloor : The thing I'm most scared of about flying is when the flight is cancelled.
38 Post contains links and images Skydrol : Nice to know there's company to share the misery of puking in airplanes. But for me this isn't scary, just something I have learned to deal with on s
39 Christeljs : Thanks for those inputs. And for you others that are afraid of wings dropping off, metal fatigue, engines exploding and ripping the fuselage, tail fa
40 ABfemme : I once flew on a plane from BHX to Cork with a constant smell of fuel from take off to landing, must admit I was more than perturbed by this but tried
41 Pilotaydin : losing cabin pressure and not getting my mask on in time... ever since the Helios -400, I've had my eye and hand near the damn thing....-400s are OLD
42 Post contains images BA787 : I cant sleep on coaches, trains, cars , boats or any other form of transport, but once the aircraft is cruising and the excitements over, I sleep lik
43 Usair320 : I'll second that Ive been stuck with my grandmother on a PHL-FCO flight(whom is an Italian) plus about 50 other Italians.(lol) No offence to the Ital
44 FantasticFlyer : ITA with this ! Its funny though for me...when im actually on the plane..9/10 I dont think about this...im usually thinking about what im going to do
45 FantasticFlyer : LOL ! Same here ! I travel to Florida frequently..and I hate when they take the route over the water !
46 Isitsafenow : Looooooooooooooonnnnngggg take-off rolls. I watch the foot markers on take off and when the plane gets down to "2000 ft" (left) I start to fidget a li
47 ANITIX87 : I've been flying since my 17th day as a human being, and I never, ever got scared until after SR111 since I was on that airframe 3 hours before it we
48 NightHawk117 : I love flying, but I tend to get a wee bit claustiphobic. I used to fly out of PFN, which was always in small turboprops. Those alone are bad enough,
49 Post contains links FlyMatt2Bermud : Actually, I believe the cause was determined or at least suggested in several reports. Here is one. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id
50 FantasticFlyer : LOL ! You just have to find something that works for you...that all. Try just thinking about what your gonna do when you touchdown..or go to sleep !
51 COEWR777 : Right after take off the sudden drop of altitude!
52 Post contains images 2H4 : ...Have you been flying from aircraft carriers? 2H4
53 Post contains images FlyBoy84 : Turbulence. That and the pilot making a sharp turn and heading directly into a big, black storm cloud on approach...only to fly THROUGH the severe thu
54 Post contains images Newark777 : I pray for something like that every flight! Like a roller coaster, except you have no idea what's coming up next. Harry
55 CaptainJon : Not a thing! I love every aspect of it!
56 Post contains images UsAirways16bwi : - Lost luggage - Very long lines at the airport, the thought of missing my flight scares me. - having to sit next to: very fat people, smelly people,
57 Skywatch : Nothing yet...although I do loathe getting off of the plane...I could just live in there! ---Skywatch
58 SkyTaxi : Also, kids kicking your seat, people getting up every minute to get into their bag in the overhead compartment (they always have to SLAM the door shu
59 Post contains images 777-200 : LOL, so true!
60 BoeingOnFinal : I haven't flown in very long, but never been frightened by flying, only when I was alone and young, I don't hink that was because of the flying I was
61 Leigh pilgrim : When we are burning rubber down the runway, I think to myself.............I hope Ive done my job right!!!! Also, just after take off, I unfortunatly t
62 Aerorobnz : The Passengers, not because I think they are terrorists but because they bring onboard huge hand carry bags and cos they are the mass, who don't know
63 Crox1 : Landing scares me, all to do with the above, take off no problem, mid flight no problem, landing a different story, can be a simple into wind landing
64 Post contains links DreamsUnited : That is true for me as well... Since the a/c's skin is made of aluminum it acts as a conductor of electricity and can conduct it and transfer it from
65 WildcatYXU : Well, if I think about it, nothing. I enjoy every flight, even the long flights in coach. However, usually I'm sorry that I was born in the wrong time
66 CruzinAltitude : The only thing that scares me about flying is that I might not ever get my finances in order enough for me to get my PPL!
67 Egmcman : Nothing about flying more the sort of people you could be on your flight such as a badly behaved children or having someone with bad hygiene sat next
68 Danairbus : The only thing that scares me about flying is turbulence.
69 Vatveng : Amen. The solution to the seat-kicking is to sit in the row directly in front of the exit row (or the first exit row if there are two consecutive exi
70 NZblue : As a flight attendant: - MDW. - In-cabin fire. - Aggressive passengers en masse. - Engine failure. In general when flying (in addition to above): - Ai
71 FOLOV : What scares me the most is the pre flight.... To have any problem at check-in, or boarding.... the most in immigration being denied entry....
72 ReidYYZ : Having the benefit of working on a/c for some time, there really is very, very little that scares me (Except helicopters, WAY to many moving parts, fl
73 Vsa340 : There was one time on a British Airways ERJ-145 from SOU - GLA, it was only my third time flying by myself (only 11). It was a really cold night and t
74 ZKSUJ : Paying off my loan for training. And also hear storys about the toilet flush on aircraft that are strong enough to suck out human internal organs etc.
75 NZ8800 : Indeed - that was the main reason that Ansett New Zealand Flight 702 crashed (June 5th 1995) on final approach into Palmerston North - the pilots wer
76 Av8rDAL : Screaming babies or otherwise obnoxious children (as well as inconsiderate parents) is the Number One fear I have before boarding any flight.
77 Elite : Crashing in a deserted area, like the North Pole or the jungles of Africa. The worst one would be crashing in water!
78 Post contains images OhBoyIFly : Well for me its hearing grim news from the captain. Like last week on a short flight with sas (cimber air) from CPH to Newcastle. The flaps had proble
79 FlyMatt2Bermud : Today. Watching a Cessna 441 Conquest fly directly into a Level 5 thunderstorm on a VOR approach. I wonder how these guys maintain an insurance policy
80 Jamesbuk : Hmmm the only time ive ever been scared is on my first flight on a monarch 757 to lanzarote when we got in and sat down from the air con ducts at the
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