Not as nervous as I used to be. It had been a childhood dream of mine to be going to the airport to actually board a plane rather than just to look, and the first few flights after I actually got to achieve my dream, I was in schoolboy heaven!! Then one year we boarded an Air UK Herald (maybe that was the cause - anyone familiar with those aircraft may understand where I'm coming from!) for our annual two week summer holiday down in Guernsey. We took off from LHR
, and as we climbed higher I distinctly remember looking down at the ground getting further and further away and suddenly thought, "Hmmm, I don't think I like this very much!" It was downhill from there really - sweaty-palmed, ashen-faced me would reluctantly climb aboard planes to get me wherever I needed/wanted to go, but I wasn't happy!
Then one day in the bar at LGW
waiting for a BA
DC10 flight to JFK
a mate of mine introduced me to the very interesting combination of Southern Comfort and Canadian Club. By the time I got on the plane I was so relaxed that I didn't care! I still always try and time my flights so that I can have a few drinks before I board to calm the remaining nerves, but to be honest, even when I have an early morning flight, I've now flown so much that I'm not really that bothered any more. I guess it's a familiarity thing. Plus, as Mischadee said earlier, knowledge gained from reading this website has helped a LOT!!
Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb