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Fear of Flying

Why This Aborted Airplane Landing Only LOOKS Like Terror Incarnate

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 10.20.2016 | Travel

To passengers, unexpected bumps during a flight can be utterly terrifying. But to pilots, they’re usually nothing more unusual than the bumps you’...

Check In

Mitch Rosenzweig | Posted 09.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mitch Rosenzweig

So check in now and then with the things and people you love. Give them a seat in first class. Forget your hate baggage, it's too expensive to fly with anyway.

Erica Jong: Advice to the Young

Louisiana Channel | Posted 08.25.2016 | Books
Louisiana Channel

"When people tell you you're no good, tell them to shut up." Writer Erica Jong, famous for the novel 'Fear of Flying' shares her advice. Infamous for...

Anxiety Is The Greatest Thief Of All Time

Pat Blumenthal | Posted 07.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Pat Blumenthal

It isn't always easy, I admit. Sometimes you have to work hard at putting anxiety in its place. I have to tell it repeatedly that I am boss. I do not want it to claim any more of my life.

Girl Terrified Of Flying Gets VIP Treatment From Hero Flight Attendant

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 07.21.2016 | Good News

A mother is showering a flight attendant with praise after he went the extra mile for her daughter who has diabetes and a severe fear of flying. Jovan...

Anxiety Is A Game Of Whack-A-Mole

Sheryl Paul | Posted 06.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

That's why anxiety is a game of whack-a-mole: if you whack down one mole (thought) without addressing it from the root, another will quickly appear in its place.

5 Expert-Backed Tips For Fighting Flight Anxiety

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.05.2016 | Travel

Vacation season is upon us (we see you, warm weather) but for some people, jet-setting off to a relaxing destination can be anything but. While data o...

Tokyo's No Fear of Flying Temple

Gail Nakada | Posted 04.14.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

At a little Buddhist temple near Tokyo's Asakusa district, the priests take the concept of 'god is my co-pilot' to a whole other level.

15 Effective Tips for the Nervous Flyer

A.S. Chung | Posted 04.11.2016 | Travel
A.S. Chung

Flying can invoke fear in many people for a myriad of different reasons. Some are scared of turbulence or the feeling of falling whilst others are afr...

The Surprising Thing That Cured My Fear Of Flying

Trevor Martin | Posted 04.05.2016 | Travel
Trevor Martin

Fasten your seat-belts, make sure your seat-back is in the upright position and your table is stowed: I promise you a bumpy ride!

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 09.29.2016 | 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 09.01.2016 | 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 08.10.2016 | 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 07.30.2016 | 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 07.06.2016 | 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 06.16.2016 | 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 06.23.2016 | 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 05.25.2016 | 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.