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Why Are People Afraid Of Flying

Wed Feb 18, 2004 1:41 am

Is it the fear of dying in a plane crash, is it because there's nothing underneath...any ideas. Just curious!
 
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RE: Why Are People Afraid Of Flying

Wed Feb 18, 2004 1:45 am

All sorts of reasons.

1. Claustrophobia - fear of being shut up in a narrow metal tube with no way out

2. Loss of control - putting your life in someone elses hands entirely

3. Previous bad experience eg severe turbulence, hard landing

4. Loss of close friend/relative in an air accident

5. Not know how the plane stays up ( I believe this is quite a common one, and the one that most fear of flying courses try to address).
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RE: Why Are People Afraid Of Flying

Wed Feb 18, 2004 1:51 am

Hello--9/11, anyone? That is why people are so afraid of flying nowadays. I'm not afraid to fly, though! I have no fear Big grin

I have to admit, though, after flying through a thunderstorm on a 737, turbulence scared the crap out of me every time we hit it for a while! But I got over it. Right now, I don't think it's the planes themselves people fear; its the fear of the people onboard hijacking the plane that gets people scared. Hijacking I bet has become the biggest fear since 9/11.
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RE: Why Are People Afraid Of Flying

Wed Feb 18, 2004 1:51 am

add to that the fact that air crashes involve multiple fatalities in a single incident....100 people might die daily in the US in car accidents, but not in one incident, so its not perceived to be as risky/dangerous a mode of transportation.
 
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RE: Why Are People Afraid Of Flying

Wed Feb 18, 2004 1:55 am

I agree with Number 5 above, where in my teens I was afraid of flying, though it neve kept me off the planes, since I hadn't much choice with my family living in Singapore, and still going to school in the states.

Not knowing HOW the plane stayed up really bothered me, along with how it stayed up despite BAD turbulence. I recall one time flying LAX-JFK in business on a red-eye, and it was so bad no one was able to sleep, and the window shades were up at this point, and while I focused on the seatback in front of me, in my periphery, I could see the cloud deck below out of both eyes and how much it was moving up and down thanks to the turbulence. So my fear then was how does this plane not roll over if it is rolling side to side so much!

And a small part was putting my life in someone elses hand entirely, which as a control freak, was kind of difficult combined with a fear of heights.

But now in my early 20's I can say I have put to rest all of my fears of flying after a few physics courses.  Smile
 
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RE: Why Are People Afraid Of Flying

Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:02 am

Is 9/11 really that much of a factor - even in the US ? I would be interested to hear opinions on the matter. I would have thought that possibly immediately afterwards, but its been 2 years now. As a fear factor hijacking is way down on my list below maintenance errors or ATC foul-ups (which by the way is my no.1 fear factor - not very high, a miniscule worry-ette only, but flying into the UK over London airspace, I keep an eye out of the window !).
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RE: Why Are People Afraid Of Flying

Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:03 am

Flown thousands of times now. Still don't know how them things stay up in the air for so long, going soo fast. All I know is that I prefer standing up and serving food/drinks than to sit and stare at the pattern of the seat fabric and hair top of the dude in front of me.
 
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RE: Why Are People Afraid Of Flying

Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:03 am



It's odd, I loved to fly as a young kid. Got put on many an Eastern flight to go see grandparents. Flew thru some pretty scary weather once or twice, but never felt any fear. Those guys up front were god's in my opinion.

Then came the AA DC-10 crash in Chicago. And not long after that I found myself at TPA walking to the National gate, and saying to my dad, "If it's a DC-10, I don't wanna get on it". But it WAS, and I did, and sat on the port side and stared at that engine all the way to Houston.

But I'd agree that a 9/11 style hijacking is probably the main fear, these days.
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RE: Why Are People Afraid Of Flying

Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:08 am

Pre-9/11 people were afraid of flying!
 
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RE: Why Are People Afraid Of Flying

Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:13 am

Yes, I think 9/11 is a factor for many people who may be on the edge of "should I fly, or drive?" and who were already afraid to fly pre 9/11.

Personally, I take the view that if something like that were to happen to my plane, well its not like I would remember it (I'd be dead). It is not a fatalist attitude, but there is no way I can conduct business without flying all over, so I had to adjust my attitude after seeing first hand, from my office those planes slam into the towers. Certain things are out of my control, and to let those things dictate how to live my life is to live in someone else's control, not your own.
 
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RE: Why Are People Afraid Of Flying

Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:24 am

My theories:
Seeing the wing of a 744 swing during severe turbulences can make people feel awful...also stories about bad maintenance and all the stupid stuff media is talking, once a little (or as well a sad major catastrophy) happens to a plane.
Most people don't know to what limits, especially regarding powers and fatigue, planes are developed and tested...why should they though?

Seing pics of like the DHL A300 in Baghdad which was shot and landed safely will scare most people too, they don't think that far, that the aircraft was a fantastic design, otherwise it would have crashed.

Most people are not too much informed about aviation and the technology behind aircraft design.

I personally totally enjoy flying, though still feeling a little relief when back on the earth...
I also went through my share of severe turbulence, so now I know, planes can carry a lot of stress without any problem. And I also fly with airlines I trust. Regarding Crew, maintenance, spare parts, flight planning...everything...

I once felt a bit uncomfy, that was on a LCC leg, where we came into severe turbulence. The Cpt got on the PA and told us not to worry, they just didn't know before, we were getting into that heavy storm, earlier the day when flaying this leg nothing was up...
Well, calming people would be like "Dont worry, we know what we're heading into and we know what we're doing"
Maybe this Cpt meant that, but letting us know, he didn't know of such a heavy storm when flying a 40min leg? Come on...flight-planning? Weather reports? Weather radar? This didn't calm me what he said...
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