Pteromerhanophobia or fear of flying has the potential to affect your life more than you think. For those who suffer, the consequences include stopping the flight altogether, causing job opportunities to be missed, or surviving family gatherings and holidays.
Sometimes, we have to accept that we are scared of flying high with an airplane because usually, some plane accidents happen these days. What causes fear of flight will vary from person to person. Previous bad events such as severe turbulence may serve, while others may only feel anxious through feeling trapped at altitude.
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There may also be mistrust of the flight crew or lack of confidence in the aircraft. However, it is important to remember that there is nothing to fear, whatever the underlying individual cause of the anxiety. Even those who have been swept away by the turbulence are never in real danger.
Because today's aircraft are built at such a high level that they can easily cope with the sort of turbulence that may typically be encountered. This is not to say that anxiety and panic attacks occurring during a flight are not uncomfortable, it is far from it. Somebody's physical and emotional reactions to the fear of flight are real as if something really dangerous was happening.
Some of the more common symptoms present include:
- Chest pain and heartbeat
- Sweating and dizziness