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Is anyone petrified of flying in an airplane? What would help me not be so freaked out? Has anyone been in an airplane that malfunctioned?

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You just have to tell yourself that a commercial jetliner in America has not malfunctioned and crashed since the 80s or 90s, which is true, I think (?). Think of all the millions of flights every week that fly all over the US, let alone the world. The engineers and pilots and air traffic controllers have this down.

If all else fails, buy one of the airline's $10 cocktails (credit cards only!) or take a Xanax and say your Hail Marys. That's what I do. (Either/or; don't mix the two...)

I hate planes too, but if you let your fear keep you from seeing the world and visiting friends, then it is controlling you. YOU control it. With Xanax. lol.

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I'm really sorry about this.....
Southwest flight #2294, July 13,2009
Colgan Air flight #3407, Feb 12, 2009
Continental flight #1404, Dec 20, 2008
Comair flight #191, Aug 27, 2006
Chalk's Ocean Airways flight# 101, Dec 19, 2005
Southwest flight #1248, Dec 8, 2005
Corporate Airlines flight #5966, Oct 19, 2004.
Air Tahoma flight #185, Aug 13, 2004
Air Midwest flight #5481, Jan 8, 2003.
And then, sadly, there were American Airways flights #11 and #77, and United Airlines flights #175 and #93.
Sorry.
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It would take more than Xanax to get me on a plane again.
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Florabel- why do you say that!?
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lol shoot...were they literal crashes where everyone died or were they just little malfunctions?
I guess I didn't do my research. All the plane crashes you hear about on the news are the little planes or foreign airlines.
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And I don't count the ones in terrorist attacks; they would have been fine had they not been hijacked.
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I have been flying planes with O2 sensors telling me there's carbon monoxide in the cockpit before, and I just opened the windows and went back to the airport. That's the worst I've had while actually in the air. I've trained in simulators with engine failures, fires etc. Just trust your pilot, flying is an amazing experience; and its statistically safer than cars, busses, or any other mode of transportation.

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Flying is great....you will never have a better view of the landscape...I always requested a window seat for this reason...if you get nervous,just watch the flight attendants....they do this everyday.

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I am soooo scared to as well i have never been on one and I try every way to avoid it such as taking a cruise, ect.... But if its too far than you pretty much haveee to take the plane

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I am, my dad always said: if humans were supposed to be in the air, they'd have wings. :)

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We do have wings. They're made of aluminum and titanium and they're on the sides of our airplanes.
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Lol, you know what I mean.like angel or duck or butterfly wings. (I prefer butterfly wings they're pretty and have to be like 10x your size, so humans would have big pretty butterfly wings :D )
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Consider this: You're on an airplane with 150 other people. There's about a 50-50 chance that one other person on the plane has the same birthday as you. But what are the odds of every single person on that plane having the exact same birthday?? I mean day, month, year, everyone?
Pretty much zero, right?
Now consider this: You're going to die someday. Hopefully many years from now, but some day. Now, what are the odds of every single person on that plane dying on the same day?
Pretty much zero.

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I will never fly again.

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Please tell me why!!!!!!
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Flying in an airplane is safer than driving in a car.
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Jd, I don't like takeoffs and landings. I was a nervous wreck and my nerves can't take going thru that again.
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Wicked, I prefer to be closer to the ground.
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Trains are very relaxing, and they stay on the ground. AND you won't have the TSA groping your junk before you get on.
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You know, I've never really thought about trains. Good idea.
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This is what always kept me calm. It is safer to fly than to drive in a car! There are far more fatal car accidents on the books than plane crashes! So that being said you probably get in your car every day without giving it a second thought. Right? Just get on the plane get a window seat and before you know it you will be in such awe of what you see out that little window that you will forget you're scared!!

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