Fear of flying? You’re not alone. Just ask our neighbours to the South: according to FlyFright.com, 1 in 3 Americans has a fear of flying. To help ease your fears, an article from Anxieties.com notes that, based on the safety records of commercial flights, if you took a flight every day of your life, it would still take 19,000 years before you would encounter a fatal accident aboard a plane. Statistics aside, it’s not easy to face your fears – especially not at an altitude of 35,000 feet! That’s why we searched high and low, from expert-approved techniques to the top tips from nervous flyers, to give you the goods on strategies to help you kick (or at the very least, cope with) your fear of flying.
Spring for an upgrade
Opt for a seat near the front of the plane
Skip the coffee
Know yourself and pick your seat accordingly
Read the safety manuals
Speak to a professional
Give the person next to you a heads-up
Say hello to the pilot
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Arrive early to the airport
Arriving early is just one expert tip that will make travel so much easier.
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Out of sight, out of mind
Let a flight attendant know
Fear of flying courses
Lower the window shade
Give yourself a break
Now that you’re conquering your fears, keep the ball rolling by getting a jump start on your next trip with these 20 ways to save on your next flight.