We know that statistics show
that flying is the safest way to travel. But we also know that statistics
won’t help you much. If you’re afraid, you don’t reflect on that,
but it really is the safest way to travel. Do you suffer from fear of flying?
Do you feel discomfort? The only way to overcome that fear
is to explore the source of discomfort. Deal with it. Face your fear. Before going on a flight,
prepare yourself a few days before. Find out what kind of plane you’ll be on, and, if you have the time, find out how
planes work and how they’re able to fly. Try to get a good night’s sleep,
regardless of your flight time. Dress comfortably and so that you
feel comfortable among people. Arrive at the airport in good time,
so you’ll have plenty of time there. You might want to visit the toilet
before you board. You’ll have time to get to know
the aircraft, the airport and the gate, and you can observe fellow travellers.
So, get there early, for your own benefit. The crew on board is well aware
that many of our passengers feel some type of discomfort
when they’re travelling by plane. We’re well used to talking to passengers
who face this challenge. Talk to the crew. Don’t be embarrassed
to tell them you have a fear of flying. We’re well used to talking to passengers
who feel discomfort. When choosing a seat, I’d recommend
a seat at the front of the plane. You’ll feel the turbulence and bumps
a lot more in the back of the aircraft. I wouldn’t recommend bringing items
to distract yourself from the flight. Naturally, if you’d like to listen
to music on headphones, you can. But it’s good to keep track of the flight
and to know what phase the plane is in, for example, if we’re at cruising level,
or if it’s time for takeoff or landing. During a flight,
you’ll hear a lot of sounds on board. You have the sound of the engine,
the wheels are retracted and extended, and the flaps also make a lot of noise.
These sounds are all normal. So, if you get to know the sounds,
you will know what they mean. The air is just like waves at sea. It’s not flat.
It goes up and down, back and forth. So, you might experience
some bumps and turbulence. It’s totally harmless.
The plane can handle it. People use the phrase “air pockets”,
but there are no pockets up in the air. It’s just the air that’s rippling. These tiny movements
might be experienced as bumps. Pilots have a lot of responsibility,
but it’s not something that weighs on us. It doesn’t matter if we have two
passengers or hundreds of passengers. We all want to get home
to our loved ones. It’s a great responsibility, but it’s not
a burden. We do our job no matter what.