Fear of Flying? 2017 has been the Safest Year on Record

Posted on Tuesday, 16 March 2018

It’s natural for people to feel anxious about flying. In fact, aviophobia affects 6.5% of the population.

This can be because of claustrophobia, acrophobia or agoraphobia (fear of tight spaces, fear of heights and the feeling of not being in control or trapped). A lot of people fear mechanical problems, bad weather while flying and flying over water. It’s been proven that women are twice as likely as men to experience fear of flying.

One way to deal with flying anxiety is to answer your “what if” thoughts with facts. Here are some s tatistics compared to plane crashes.

The average amount of accidents globally per year:

Bicycle – 18,000

Guns – 30,000

Motor – 1.3 million

Compared to plane crashes

2017 was the safest year on record with zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets. 2013 was the second safest year with only 265 deaths after 11,501,886 passengers travelled by aviation that year. Followed by the third safest year which was 2016 with only 325 deaths.

So do you feel better about flying yet?

If not, people with aviophobia can learn to deal with flying by learning to fly or skydive. That way, you’re not reinforcing your anxiety. Do the opposite of what your anxiety is telling you – the more you outsmart it, the less anxious you will be. Just because you’re anxious, doesn’t mean you’re in danger. Remember that planes are designed to handle turbulence and bad weather. The more you try and enjoy your anxious feelings, the more you will value each flight.

Educate yourself!

If you want to overcome your fear by walking first instead of running, Glasgow Airport offers a flying with confidence course. You can look into it by following this link.

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