Re:im So Scared To Fly Im Going Crazy

Thu Feb 10, 2000 5:25 pm

i wanted to thank all of you that replied to my original post. i am taking off tommorow from sfo to heathrow at 4:30pm, and then we fly from london to dublin (that same day) eeks! it has eased my mind to read through (most) of the replies hehe, i really do thank you, after i posted... the alaska flight crashed and i didnt sleep for about 3 days..a nightmare. oh and someone sent me an email , i am not sure who it was, but i tried to reply and it got sent back saying either invalid email or that the mail was undeliverable..sorry i tried   anyways.. thanks! ok so here i go..oh and i am bringing my own bottle of whiskey just in case they run out   umm bon voyage? or something like that!!
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RE: Re:im So Scared To Fly Im Going Crazy

Thu Feb 10, 2000 5:40 pm

Don't worry - you'll have a blast up there. Flying is one of the most safest ways to get your but somewhere. And if you should get worried, start singing the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy"'ll help.

Happy flying!

RE: Re:im So Scared To Fly Im Going Crazy

Thu Feb 10, 2000 6:10 pm

the media has really burned me out, and everyone at work..wel only Jonny ( he's a real jerk), has been telling me about birds that will fly into the engine of my plane when i fly, and since he pisses me off all the time..i think he is lying. also, how many bags can i bring in the plane? i am afraid that the airplane might lose my shoes and my clothes and i dont know if thats true. also, will the pilot really let me see his seat? also, i want to bring my video camera..will they let me? also um i smoke and i have never gone this long in my life without a cigarette..i dont know what to do..oh and what is jet lag? does it make you sick?or just tired? does anyone know what ireland is like? i dont know the person i am flying with well and its like im going alone, but i get to go on the guinness i am really unsure...(and Leons getting LAAaaarger!) just kidding  
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RE: Re:im So Scared To Fly Im Going Crazy

Thu Feb 10, 2000 6:33 pm

To begin - never, EVER listen to what media says. They make a mountain out of a tiny stone.
Birdstrikes do happen. But so do deerstrikes when you drive. Has that happened to you? Me neither. So don't worry about that. And even if it happens, a plane can still fly with the remaining engines.
You can bring as many bags as you want on your trip. But there's a weight limit, though. Take a look at your ticket, and you'll see how much weight you can bring. It's normally between 40-60 lbs. But it depends on the airline and plane. Remember, though, to pack less than the maximum allowed limit. In some strange way, the bags are always heavier when you go home...maybe because of all the stuff you have bought over there. You can only bring one bag in the cabin, and it's max 10 lbs...well, that's what we have over here at least.
Ask the cabin crew if you can visit the flight deck. They'll probably let you once you're airborne. Tell them that you are a little scared of flying, that can help.
You can bring your video camera, as long as it is turned off during take-off and landing.
Is your flight a non-smoking flight? If not, tell the desk clerk at the airport that you want a smoker-seat. If it is a non-smoking flight...well, you'll just have to put.
Jet lag might turn you upside-down. Your body will say that it's time to sleep, when it's noon over there. It passes in a couple of days. Try to get some sleep on the plane.
Ireland has lots of beer!   No, what I know is that they have good beer and nice people (most of them). The country-side seems nice all depends on what you want to do.
Don't worry, be happy.
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RE: Re:im So Scared To Fly Im Going Crazy

Fri Feb 11, 2000 1:35 am

A couple of things to remember:

1. Have FUN! Enjoy the movie, talk with your fellow passengers, take the video camera along, tape inside the plane and take pictures of your fellow passengers and the flight crew.

2. Bags - you're allowed two carry-on bags. Remember, the bags must either fit in the overheads or in front of the seat in front of you. Remember, your purse will count as a bag if it's huge (same thing for your video camera bag).

3. Whiskey - I wouldn't bring it along (to drink on the plane) if I were you, only because the flight attendants really frown on that (plus I heard it's illegal too, I think). Don't worry, THEY WON'T run out! Plus, we don't want to hear stories of you getting drunk on the plane. Flight crews nowadays really don't take too well to drunken passengers - in most cases nowadays they're immediately arrested on arrival! If you want something to put you at ease I would get a prescription for Valium. If you don't have time for that, get an over the counter sleep pill.

4. Jet lag - to get over it quickly I would immediately (like now!) set your watch to Dublin time and immediately change your schedule like you're already in Ireland.

5. Again, have fun, and give us a trip report when you get back!
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RE: Re:im So Scared To Fly Im Going Crazy

Fri Feb 11, 2000 3:23 am

Lecrack, you've received some very good and accurate advice. Allow me to elaborate on a couple of points. Don't bring your own store bought scotch. Buy it at the airport at duty free - it's cheaper. Whether you bring from home or buy duty free, do not open it on the flight as it is illegal. The least that could happen is you could be asked to restow the bottle and cautioned not to touch it again. You could have it confiscated or you could be threated with arrest, charges laid, and a fine levied if you do not comply. Not the first scheduled stop on your itinerary I'm sure. It's not worth the embarassment to test this rule. Secondly, if you consume alcohol while flying, be careful. The air flow in the aircraft is very dry (tuck a tube of hand lotion and lip balm in your carryon for such a long flight). Staticstics report that each alcoholic drink consumed inflight is the equivelent of three consumed on the ground as you get dehydrated from the cabin atmosphere. The hangover can be wicked!

I too am a smoker and yes it is hard. Keeping yourself amused while in a stationary position for hours is good advice. Short of having some sympathetic soul knock you out with a rubber mallet, try this as well. Purchase some Nicorette gum or nicotine patches to get you through the flight. They work.

Have a great trip and Happy Flying!
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RE: Re:im So Scared To Fly Im Going Crazy

Fri Feb 11, 2000 4:20 am

I do have the same problem like you do, when I know I have to flight I get very nervous. But since I have to make a couple flights anyway; I try to make the best out of it. One of the good things is that they keep you busy with serving drinks, meals , selling duty free , showing a movie or two and so on. Maybe you will be happy when beeing able to sleep for an hour or two.
Besides any bad storys you may heard about flying, it is really super-safe, maybe the one or other flight is more comfortable but at least you will get safe from here to there. Don´t drink too much because you may regret this when you arrive and feel dizzy for the rest of the day  
Have a good time in Dublin and when you look back on it you may think that you enyojed the flight a little bit.
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RE: Re:im So Scared To Fly Im Going Crazy

Fri Feb 11, 2000 5:28 am

I used to be the same way about 10 years ago. I never flew as a kid or teenager but as soon as turned 20 I'm sealed in a pressurized metal tube and hurled across the Atlantic for 10 hrs. This happened 6 or 7 times in one year, once I found out I was flying somewhere I would be very nervous not be able to sleep for weeks untill the flight, then I got valume perscribed for my nerves during the flights, they didnt help, I was wide awake each flight awaiting the next bout with turbulence and listining to every little sound the plane or engines made..Soon I figured I was probibly loosing a couple of years off my life each time I flew, something had to be done..I started hanging out at LAX almost daily watching and photographing planes, seeing all these planes take off successfully each day and all the pilots and crews, business men and sport teams who do this for years and years without incident walking around enjoying there job helped me with my fears..Now I cant wait for my next flight and am obssessed with comercial aviation, go figure..
good luck, adam
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RE: Re:im So Scared To Fly Im Going Crazy

Fri Feb 11, 2000 11:44 am

Good luck with the flights you will love it flying is my life.After doing the long haul you will find LHR to DUB a doddle.I live in Dublin and I can assure you will have a fab time here.It is a fab place and there is so much to do.It is a very friendly place.Check out the tourist information desk in Dublin airport they will suggest loads of fun things to do and see.Ta suil agam go mbeadh eitil deas agat (this is Irish for I hope you have a nice flight)Lots of best wishes EI133.

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