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Fear of Flying

Celebrate Diversity Instead of Being Fearful of It

Rick Steves | Posted 11.30.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

TripIt, a popular app designed to help you organize your travels, just did a quality job of producing a series of four-minute interviews with me about...

Laughing at Fear

Barry Kibrick | Posted 11.21.2015 | Books
Barry Kibrick

Erica Jong is one of the writers who helped define a generation. Forty years ago her book, Fear of Flying, became an iconic classic that pierced the consciousness of all.

Fly the Friendly Skies

Tim Arnold | Posted 09.29.2015 | HuffPost Home
Tim Arnold

Drop like a rock 3500 feet out of the sky on a twin prop cloud-hopper flight out of Aspen and suddenly you get what's important in life and stuff. It's not like the finality of a total plane crash or anything, but hell, maybe it's worse. Crash, it's over.

How I Got Over My Fear Of Flying

Thrillist | Posted 09.01.2015 | Travel

I'm afraid of a lot of things: spiders, rabies, eye contact -- but I once went an entire decade without setting foot on a plane, and that fear practically sucked the air out of my life. Then, last year, I got on a plane and haven't looked back since.

Freaking Out From Scaring Yourself

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

The plane was bouncing hard as we were starting our decent into Albuquerque. Living in Santa Fe at that time, I'd flown in and out of Albuquerque airp...

(Sorta) Relaxing at 35,000 Feet

2BoomerBabes | Posted 07.31.2015 | Travel

Do you suffer from other words the fear of flying? It's quite common, despite the stats showing that flying is much safer than car or train travel.

The Day the Turbulence Was Inside the Plane

Chris Bohjalian | Posted 07.07.2015 | Travel
Chris Bohjalian

Travel has always been a little perilous. Think of those long ocean voyages or stagecoach journeys from centuries past. The world is a messy place. There have always been dangers - and, yes, there have always been those "away" toilet situations.

11 Things People With A Fear Of Flying Are Sick Of Hearing

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 06.29.2015 | Travel

When you suffer from a fear of flying, other people often tell you to shrug it off. But it's no simple ailment, and overcoming it isn't as easy as tak...

Scared of Flying? 25 Explanations for the Strange Sounds You Hear in a 747

Quora | Posted 06.25.2015 | Travel

Ok. I used to work at Boeing and repaired the computerized part of the machines which put together 747's. People not familiar with airplanes are scared because they are forced to be quiet and go along with acting normal while stuck in a tube hurtling through the air at 600 miles an hour, and 30,000 feet above the earth. What could go wrong?

How to Face Your Fears and Conquer Your Anxiety Forever

Amy Morin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

Imagine how productive could you be if you conquered your fears. When you're no longer plagued by worrisome thoughts, and you don't need to waste time and energy trying to avoid the things that make you anxious, you can invest your resources into reaching your greatest potential.

Conquer Your Flying Fears by Picturing Fido's Face

Chris Lopinto | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Chris Lopinto

Are you a fearful flyer? Many travelers admit to some level of uneasiness associated with air travel and, odds are, you may be feeling a bit more anxious than usual since the recent Germanwings plane crash involving a suicidal co-pilot.

This Airplane Seat Can Tell If You're Nervous

Posted 05.20.2015 | Travel

Not everyone feels totally calm on an airplane... and now, your seat can tell. The FlightBeat app monitors passenger heart rates using sensors built into their seats. The info is relayed to flight attendants, who can see if a passenger is distressed and then offer help.

Dealing With Phobias: Spiders, Snakes and Balloons

Tim Ward | Posted 06.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tim Ward

A woman I know turned down a career-making assignment in South Africa. It's not that she didn't want to relocate her family. It's that she was afraid ...

Bridges, Planes and Panic Attacks: Getting Over Fear

James E. Porter | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
James E. Porter

That's when I realized that I could proactively ALTER my reaction to that bridge by controlling how I felt when I ARRIVED. I just had to arrive at a zero or a one and I would barely even feel it, no matter what direction I traveled in. I began to wonder if I could do the same thing with my fear of flying.

After A Disaster, This Is What Flight Attendants Want You To Know

Sara Keagle | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Sara Keagle

Flight attendants take on a crucial role after any airline incident, and in the wake of the latest Germanwings tragedy, it is no different.

8 Ways to Zap Your Fear of Flying Forever

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 05.06.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

I can't remember the order in which things happened, but there was a tremendous crackling noise, a burst of light, and what felt like the snap of a whip across the plane. People screamed. We stared at each other wide-eyed. What the hell just happened?

Overcome Fear of Flying and Go Have an Adventure

Jodi Aman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Jodi Aman

Missing planes, crashes, dysfunctional equipment, oh my! The fear of flying is a pretty common fear, but to me, it was my dirty little secret. I l...

10 Ways to Avoid Stress at the Airport

James E. Porter | Posted 03.10.2015 | Travel
James E. Porter

My local gym opens at 5 a.m. or I can just go for a short run in my neighborhood, first thing. (I used to think I didn't have time for a workout on a travel day, now I won't go anywhere by plane without a good workout first.) It keeps me calm throughout the day.

Erica Jong on Feminism for the Future

Omega Institute | Posted 01.13.2015 | Women
Omega Institute

The absolute bedrock of our independence is having control over our own bodies. You cannot be independent if the government or someone else says whether or not you can use birth control.

When Falling in Love Means Flying Into Fear

Oral Fixation | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Oral Fixation

I married a man whose obsession with flying machines began in elementary school with radio-controlled planes and helicopters. He eventually graduated to full-size planes and a career in aviation, but when we met 20 years ago in Louisville, Kentucky, he was a biomedical engineer with a yen to fly.

Learning to Fly

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

The month and days preceding the Jewish High Holidays are when we do what is called a heshbon nefesh: an accounting of the soul. We talk to the folks we may have had challenges with in the past year and we strive to make amends -- to ask for forgiveness.

Travel Tips: Fear of Flying

Sonia Gil | Posted 11.19.2014 | Travel
Sonia Gil

I can sit here and tell you all of the statistics you already know. But... that won't really help much. Although I don't have an exact recipe for getting rid of your fear, I can give you a few tips on how to cope with the anxiety.

Fearful Flyer

Marcia Liss | Posted 11.11.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Ready for Takeoff

Marcia Liss | Posted 11.10.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


The Triple High Low Chime, Dewars on the Rocks and Other Survival Tips for Nervous Fliers

Leah Stern | Posted 10.26.2014 | Comedy
Leah Stern

My anxiety has been with me since takeoff thanks to Captain Ahab and his smugly menacing announcement that "it might get a little bumpy the next five minutes, so I suggest you remain in your seats and buckle up real tight."