This is interesting to me, since I have known people who didn't first fly until as a teenager or an adult, not just those who were born before the jet age, when air travel was only for the filthy rich or those on business accounts taking business trips, but some who are no older or even younger than I am who didn't first fly until recently! I, however, have actually been flying at least a few times a year since I was a baby!
Case in point: my brother's girlfriend's mother, who's in her forties, had her first flight in her life from Grande Prairie, AB to Calgary(YYC) about 2-3 years ago! That was on a Canadian Regional Dash 8. Her first flight on a jet was on a WestJet 737-200 flight from Grande Prairie to YVR, via a WestJet connection in YEG in March of this year. She didn't mind it at all - as a matter of fact, she wasn't afraid at all! I also remember having had a girl in her early 20s last year tell me that she first and only flight was on an Air Canada flight from YEG to YWG, probably a DC-9 about 4 years ago, when she just graduated from high school.
It's perfectly understandable if one did feel scared or at least a little appreshensive being on a flight for the very first time as a teen or an adult. That's why quite a few people in courses offered by airlines to combat the fear of flying are often first-time flyers. I remember seeing that on a TV show about a typical day at Heathrow, and a course offered by BA - some of the people have never flown in their lives prior to boarding the BA 757!
I'd like to hear from anyone with similar experiences of flying for the first time in their lives recently or as teens or adults. Or others you know with experiences like that.