Slay
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Claustrophobic

Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:02 pm

Hello All
I will be flying in Aug and I suffer from claustrophobia. Does anyone have any suggestions
 
Ishrion
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Re: Claustrophobic

Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:14 am

Slay wrote:
Hello All
I will be flying in Aug and I suffer from claustrophobia. Does anyone have any suggestions


We’re going to need quite a bit more information. Where will you be flying to? What airlines are options? Does cost matter?

General tips, avoid low cost carriers, depending on where you are.
 
maint123
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Re: Claustrophobic

Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:44 am

Book a first class ticket. A lot more room.
 
UALFAson
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Re: Claustrophobic

Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:57 am

As Ishrion stated, this is a really random comment to make and then not provide specific details.

I would say avoid the bulkhead and the first few rows behind it just so you're not staring into a wall. Aisle seats are less confining than window seats. Bigger planes feel (and are) more spacious than regional jets. Anything beyond that, I/we would need more information.
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Re: Claustrophobic

Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:18 am

Although it can be addictive, i would get a prescription for Ambien (or it's generic). Although it is not for panic attacks, it will relax you and put you to sleep for a couple of hours and before you know it, the wheels are lowering for landing. If you do not drink, it is a good alternative to alcohol.
 
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Re: Claustrophobic

Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:44 pm

Don't get a window seat just because you think being able to look out the window will help. You're often required to keep the shade down and sunlight coming through can make the window fairly useless anyhow. The biggest thing would be to stick with a widebody if you can. Being trapped in a 777 is a whole different experience than a 737, or god forbid, an ERJ-145.
 
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Re: Claustrophobic

Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:52 pm

Please don’t take an MRI.
 
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Re: Claustrophobic

Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:38 pm

August? 10 months from now?
 
johns624
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Re: Claustrophobic

Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:49 pm

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Please don’t take an MRI.
Simple solution--just close your eyes. I'm not claustrophobic at all but staring 6 inches above my face bothered me, so I just close my eyes.
Is the OP claustrophobic or agoraphobic? One, a bigger plane would help. The second a more expensive seat with much more room and fewer people around.
 
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Re: Claustrophobic

Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:11 am

maint123 wrote:
Book a first class ticket. A lot more room.


Unless you're cooped up in an enclosed seat. I don't think that will help his claustrophobia.
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Re: Claustrophobic

Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:08 pm

Business class. Just avoid British Airways.
 
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Re: Claustrophobic

Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:06 pm

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Please don’t take an MRI.



Haven’t seen any airline cabins with this feature..
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Re: Claustrophobic

Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:05 pm

crownvic wrote:
Although it can be addictive, i would get a prescription for Ambien (or it's generic). Although it is not for panic attacks, it will relax you and put you to sleep for a couple of hours and before you know it, the wheels are lowering for landing. If you do not drink, it is a good alternative to alcohol.


I agree that medication is probably the simplest answer, however I wouldn't recommended Ambien. I'd ask for Xanax (Alprazolam). Both drugs work in very similar way in the brain, HOWEVER Ambien (while great for sleep), DOES NOT have any anxiolytic effects (ie, it doesn't provide anxiety relief). Xanax does, and it CAN BE just as helpful should you want to go to sleep.
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