I fly 80 to 100 times per year because of work and because I love to travel, but I actually had a period some years ago where I tried not to fly at all cause I was scared of flying, but I got over my fear of flying and here is what I did to combat my fear of flying.
Fear of flying comes from being afraid of the unknown.
In my case, my fear of flying came from now knowing exactly what was going on and I had a hard time accepting that this heavy piece of metal could actually stay in the air and go through big storms without falling apart.
The thought of sitting 10 kilometers above the ground and not being in control, but having to leave it to a pilot that I did not know, was something that worried me a lot. I do not believe in authorities in any way, so it has always been hard for me to put my life in the hand of other people.
I tried to learn as much as I possibly could about airplanes and flying.
The best way to combat fear is to gain knowledge about what you are afraid of. Fear is irrational and things we fear are mostly things that there are no reason to fear. Just like the best way to combat racism is to go out and visit people with a different skin color than yourself so that you realise learn that they are not out to kill you because you have different skin color or religion, learning a lot about planes can also be a way to get rid of fear of flying.
Even though it’s several years since I was afraid of flying, I still read a lot about airplanes and aviation today and actually being interested in planes and aviation means that you are not just sitting on the plane waiting for it to fall down, but actually take a keen interest in to how the plane is designed and how their onboard service is.
These days I will also go on to airline websites and sometimes chose a certain airline cause they have a type of plane that I have not flown before, or because they have a type of plane that I really like flying (The A380 is the best). This is a far cry from the little boy who was so afraid to take a plane that I once took the train from Copenhagen to Hong Kong and back because I was afraid to fly.
I watch Air crash investigation.
This might seem very weird, but watching documentaries about plane crashes actually helps me too, because you learn a lot about the plane that way and they also tell in the documentaries what was learned from that plane crash and how security was improved world wide after that crash. That is the kinda info that eases me as it’s great to know that a plane crash is mostly followed by increased security and knowledge about how planes act as the investigation after a plane crash is not just about putting blame on the responsible people for the crash, but also about learning how to prevent these things from happening in the future.
A good website to look at before getting on to a plane.
One nice website to take a look at just before boarding a plane is Flightradar24 cause then you can see how many planes that are actually up in the sky without falling down. If you are scared of flying then it can sometimes feel as it will be your plane that will crash if there is a plane crash around the world today. But looking at flightradar24 you can see that hundreds of planes are up there right now and they are all doing just fine and not falling down or flying in to each other.