Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 32 Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1670 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?
Queso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1661 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.
ABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1378 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.
BristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1324 times:
Quoting Queso (Reply 1): fail to see how this fits the definition of "shocking".
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
YooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 930 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
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.
I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T