Terror. A Transatlantic Flight.

Tue Feb 08, 2000 8:30 pm


I love planes, especially 747 series, but I have a big problem. I feel almost panic when flying, I can't stop thinking about the noise of the plane.. look all the time to the face of the attendants, I'm almost unable to keep a conversation, etc. You know, I'm very, very nervous.

The most serious problem is that, due to my work, I have to do some transatlantic flights in the near future, (from Madrid to San Francisco) but when I think about it I feel panic. I'm not sure I will be able to do it.
Can you help me please? How is a transatlantic flight? is it normal to find turbulences, etc?

Thank you very much for your HELP.
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A Transatlantic Flight.

Tue Feb 08, 2000 8:44 pm

I think it's like any other flights, like between Madrid and Paris. There are absolutely no differences for turbulences or anything else. The aircrafts are just bigger with more people on board.

Be relax, and enjoy the nice views !

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RE: A Transatlantic Flight.

Tue Feb 08, 2000 9:25 pm

Have no fear! The flight you're going on is safer than any other mode of transportation. Trust me, I've seen the way you drive in Spain and I'd rather take my chances in the air!  

Anyhow, your pilots and cabin crew are trained in all kinds of emergencies. Just to become a pilot takes years of training and hard work. They wouldn't be there if they hadn't put in the time and experience.

You trust your doctor right? He's gone to school for many years to practice his profession, and pilots are the same way.

I think you'll feel better if you up and see the cockpit during flight. There, I can almost bet you, you'll find the Captain, First Officer, and Flight Engineer (Second Officer) chatting away calmly in their seats. Also, you'll get one hell of a view!

So when you're up there and bored (I can almost guarantee it), go and see the flight deck. That should allieviate some of your unfounded fears.

- Neil Harrison
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RE: A Transatlantic Flight.

Tue Feb 08, 2000 10:01 pm

Most airlines have training lessons against the fear of flight. I know it about Swissair in Zurich; perhaps Iberia has it too in Madrid.

RE: A Transatlantic Flight.

Tue Feb 08, 2000 10:22 pm

As tower controller once reminded me, turbulence is the proof that there is something holding up the plane!
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RE: Terror. A Transatlantic Flight.

Tue Feb 08, 2000 11:18 pm

Hey man, dont sweat it. Transatlantic are nothing and you have nothing to worry about an some of the time you dont even go rite over the ocean. You should try a flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia. nearly 13 hours non stop. As far as the noise do not worry about it and try to just relax. Turbulance is not all that bad, most of the problems with flying come from the mind instead of the physical. NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. The media loves to make aviation sound terrable. Most long flights offer amenity packs and I recomend that you use them. Just sit back, talk or rest and maybe watch a movie or something like that, also do something that relaxes you. Have fun!!!!! EM me and let me know how it went. CYA
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RE: Terror. A Transatlantic Flight.

Wed Feb 09, 2000 2:05 am

Tio, transatlantic flights are great....i have taken at least 60 or more back and forth to Europe. I am a flight Attendant. Most of the flights are smooth, sometimes I forget im even flying of course there are times that turbulence is so bad that we must stop service and sit down at our jump seats. This hardly occurs but does occur. Its nothing to be fso afraid about, once you do it a couple of times its second nature to you. If you can since youre on business trips try to fly first/business, it seems that beig a bit more comfortable and less cramped will sooth your nerves. If all fails, Drink some whiskey and go to sleep!!!!just kidding, youll enjoy i tremendously, depending on the airline you chooseyoull have a great selection of movies/music/foodso time will fly by.........Happy Flying!!!! Manny-
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RE: Terror. A Transatlantic Flight.

Wed Feb 09, 2000 2:11 am


Call the airline you plan to fly and see if they either can recommend or offer a class or program for people who are afraid to fly. I've seen these programs on the news and they seem to be very successful. If you are really that terrified, you need to seek help to overcome your fear. Otherwise you could potentially be a danger to others on a flight if and when you lose control of yourself.

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RE: Terror. A Transatlantic Flight.

Wed Feb 09, 2000 5:58 am

Another good idea would be to go up and talk to the pilots. Most will show you the some of the systems on board and if it is a foreign airline outside of US Airspace you can ask to sit up with them. Ask your questions and you will feel better.

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