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A Friend's Shocking Confession  
User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 32
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

One of my mates phoned on Friday night asking me to call round for a chat, seeing that I hadn't seen him in a while. As I went into his apartment, I couldn't help noticing a large book about Boeing aircraft just inside the door. Behind that was another book on aircraft.

This guy had no interest in aircraft in the eight years I've known him. He's 30 now, but a real hard-guy, having grown-up in one of the rougest areas of the city. He plays football, goes to the gym regularly and hangs out mostly with his straight mates.

Pleasantly surprised, I asked him about his new found interest in aviation. Then came his confession: as far as flying is concerned, he's a big wuss. I've never been on a flight with him, so I've never seen it, but apparently he's a nervous wreck on planes. He'd bought the books to understand the workings of planes and how they fly.

On his last flight, he held his head in his hands as the plane was taxiing. He collared the flight attendant and told her he had money in his bag in the overhead locker, which he couldn't get to, and said he was terrified of flying and asked her to get him a drink and he'd give her the money after they took off. He must have looked a sight as she immediately went to the galley and got him one.

"How do they stay up in the air, how DO they stay up in the air?" he kept asking me, clearly still puzzled about the nature of flight. He said he was scared shitless any time he got on a plane. I told him that the worst thing you could think of in the air is of what can go wrong, and to dismiss any such thoughts immediately.

He's been flying since as long as I know him, but hadn't a clue about his phobia. Anyone else got surprising revelations from their friends?

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User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1677 times:

I fail to see how this fits the definition of "shocking". It's not unusual for some people to have the questions that he has. If you know the answers, explain it to him or point him in the direction of some good info on the subject.

User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1666 times:

He's your original macho man, THAT was the shock

User currently offlineEgmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

Tell him flying is the safest mode of travel statistically.

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

Explain to him that flying is completely safe. The problem is hitting the ground.  Silly

User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

Quoting Queso (Reply 1):
I fail to see how this fits the definition of "shocking".

Here:

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
He's been flying since as long as I know him, but hadn't a clue about his phobia.


User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1394 times:

Not a friend as such(although he is!!) but when we got married my hubby suddenly turned grey on our way down the tunnel at MAN to board a plane to Greece for our Honeymoon ! I immediately thought he was ill (Nursey thing) but it turned out he was a fearful flier and was not far off from a panic attack...we stopped and I did my best to calm him down, if he had told me about this then maybe I could have helped !! 3 years on and he still goes that nasty pale colour when we fly....although he gets on....more than some people I know!

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
He's been flying since as long as I know him, but hadn't a clue about his phobia.

Maybe he was too embarrassed to say anything ?


User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3592 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

For some reason I was sure this thread would have something to do with sheep and Gkirk!  Wink

User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1340 times:

Quoting Queso (Reply 1):
fail to see how this fits the definition of "shocking".

 checkmark  When I started reading the post (expecting to be 'shocked') that he had aircraft books I thought you were going to say that he was a terrorist. Anyway, glad it wasn't that. As for giving him piece of mind you may want to relay an idea that's given out on BA's occasional 'fear of flying' flights - as the wings provide lift, if they were to fall off then they would fly upwards from the aircraft, not down. Apparently this somehow helps people who are concerned!

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 4):
Explain to him that flying is completely safe. The problem is hitting the ground

 rotfl  It's an oldie but a goodie!

BF



Fortune favours the brave
User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1986 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1281 times:

shocking is not a right word to fit your story..."Suprising" is better. What do you think? Sounds like you were surprised to see that your friend had aviation books.

[Edited 2006-08-28 05:03:55]


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User currently offlineTheSunseeker From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1214 times:

I thought you thread was about a gay friend who fancied you!
That would be more shocking than this! There are courses and training groups to learn and deal with this fear.



RSA: Dont drink and drive - take the train and get mugged
User currently offlineKingsford From Belgium, joined Nov 2003, 427 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1015 times:

I also thought he would reveal his love for you and reading the books was a mean to get closer to you and your pants.  mischievous 

I am dissappointed and there is nothing shcking about that.

Anyhow, personally I have been flying so much that it becomes scarier and scarier when I take the plane. Dunno why. Somehting to do with pushing one's luck I guess.


User currently offlineNAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1007 times:

Tell him the old pilots' joke - "Only fools and birds fly, and even birds aren't fool enough to fly at night!"

Serioulsy - 'fear of flying' is a well-known syndrome, with equally well-known remedies. If it bothers him, all he has to do is talk to his doctor, there are clinics that can treat him.



"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci
User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4762 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 976 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Anyone else got surprising revelations from their friends?

Ah, The Woes Of Coming Out... (by Carmenlu15 Aug 15 2006 in Non Aviation)

'Nuff said. Big grin



Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 946 times:

I, as well as my wife got a shock once.

Before we got married, my wife and i went to LAS. She was calm when we boarded. Ok, great. We strapped ourselves in and prepared for the flight. I was in heaven with the window seat and during taxi i kept my eyes on the tarmac. We were about to take off and i had my video camera out taping. We were about to lift off and i panned over to my wife and she was in tears ripping away at the in-flight magazine. WOW  eek 

She never felt nervous, never had any bad feelings until take-off. It took alot of "cuddleing" and words to get her to be calm.

Everytime we fly now she takes "happy" pills.

This was a shock to her and myself.



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