All About Fear Of Flying

Are you a fearful flyer? Do you feel your heart racing or your hands sweat just thinking about getting into a heavy metal tube that can weigh as much as 39,000 lbs? At takeoff, the tube measures 159 feet in length (more than half a football field) and can stay in the air for 35,000 feet. You can also get more details on fear of flying via

You might be skeptical about this, but next time you're in an airport, take a look at how many people are in bars or lounges at 9 a.m. who have to get some "liquid courage" before they board a plane. 

According to separate surveys, one in six passengers is extremely afraid of flying. Millions more also experience anxiety due to the fact that millions of people travel internationally every year. Frequent flyers often experience stress symptoms such as an increased heart rate and nausea, heavy sweating, shortness or no breath, panicky thoughts, and increased heartbeat. 

People who are afraid of flying have serious health consequences. It can ruin family vacations, school trips as well as family and class reunions, holiday travels, and honeymoons.

Employers may also face less obvious consequences. Employers may hire less qualified workers for jobs that require air travel. Or, they may need to send their workers to meet with industry professionals or out-of-town meetings. Employees who are unable to fly have been fired by companies. 

Fear of flying, however debilitating it may be, is something that no one should have to live with. It is possible to overcome it. Airlines, psychologists, and retired pilots offer many classes and programs. While many of these programs are very effective, they can also be expensive and time-consuming.