I've taken a flight one time and it terrified me, it felt like a rollercoaster.

How do I get over flight anxiety?

I've taken a flight one time and it terrified me, it felt like a rollercoaster. I could feel the shift of the plane jetting upwards in my gut. I felt like I was going to black out and have my ears pop from the change in height, and I couldn't look out the window because seeing how high up I was freaked me out.

What do? I want to vacation in October, and I could take a 7-hour long train ride, or just a 1-hour long flight.

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OP, do you have anxiety ever in your life? For any other reasons? Or is it ONLY this one single thing? And only once? If the latter, then I'd suggest at least exploring the science of aerodynamics, understanding what keeps a plane in the air, what mechanical things are happening during liftoff, and at altitude later. Then, after at least your armchair piloting in place with confidence, you have to realize that you have zero control, so what is the sense of worrying, live and let go. Get right with God, and then realize someone else is in charge, so give up the control.

If you have anxiety at other times in your life, well, it's simply going to happen. If you take some care to address your depression, you should stop getting panic attacks or anxiety. The SSRIs cover both issues, and I strongly think the anxiety is a byproduct of another condition. Anxiety is the symptom, not the problem. Hopefully with some meds, you'll be fine in the air. The more you fly though and on larger planes, the less you give you a stuff about little sensations. I actually like the G Forces, lol. But, I'm not jaded enough or stupid enough to know when someone actually scary is going on with the plane or the weather. I've felt shear at liftoff, or had aborted landings when pilots spotted control tower errors. Years ago when going to St. Thomas, you had that aborted takeoff thing if they didn't get fast enough, but that was before they chopped off half of the mountain they had to clear. I've been in a plane that dropped 10k from clear air turbulence. There were a few screams and an injury, but that's why they tell you seatbelts should stay on your seat, right?

I've been in a plane that dropped 10k from clear air turbulence.
Christ almighty

dropped 10k from clear air turbulence
thats the biggest nonsense i've ever heard

Possibly but, rarely, it happens. And planes survive it. They are designed to do so.

Having over thirty years watching air traffic, I can tell you that planes do not drop 10K in CAT or clear air turbulence. It just does not happen.

The only way a plane drops that kind of altitude is if the plane is put into a stall. I once saw this happen when a plane tried to climb over a thunderstorm and they took the plane higher than they ever should have. Stalled it and it dropped thousands of feet, but they did recover it. This was WAY outside the normal. Only the most severe turbulence is very dangerous, most bumps and chop are just part of the experience and planes can take it no problem.

Plus, how would a person, not in the cockpit, even have a clue as to how far a plane dropped in an event? I can imagine that a hundred feet might feel like a 10K to someone not familiar.

I would yield to your superior claimed knowledge of why it might happen -- point is, planes can, rarely, drop like a rock. Arguing over why and exactly how far they dropped is pointless, what is important to note is that they are built to survive it.

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It's up to you man. There's lots of things to take into account, trains may seem like the obvious con but they really aren't that bad. You don't have to go through all the security. You get the see the country side. They are more comfy. The train stations are generally more centrally located.

While flights are more efficent I tend to avoid them. Even a 1-2 hour flight will take 5+ hours when you take into account getting to the airport early, going through security, taxying the runway, landing, baggage claim and finally taking some sort of transit into the city center of arriving destination.

trains may take more time but all you have to do is, board, sit back, listen to some music or read a book, take a nap maybe and bam your there in the city center of your arriving destination.

this: Somewhere in the mountains between Bergen and Oslo.

There are people that have the fear of flying. Like other fears, heights, closed in places, etc. It is difficult to combat. There are therapy sessions to try and manage the fear if you are one of those people. The other option, like John Madden, you just never fly.

If it is not a fear like that, perhaps you just need to do it more. The more you do something the comfortable it becomes. I know one thing, if you can't fly the places you can visit are very restricted. There are no trains to Hawaii.

Best of luck to you, everyone gets a little nervous when flying because you are not in control and bad weather and turbulence can seem more dangerous than they are.

I know a few people who self medicate with sleeping aids or alcohol, not the best option but it might help you, and would be better than staying home.

Stalin didn't fly either, he took an armored train everywhere.

Take more flights. They differ greatly in the quality/experience.

Flight to paris? No turbulence whatsoever, downright 'boring' in how smooth and placid it was.

Flight from Paris to NY? Jesus christ. As the pilot was pulling into JFK I found some Kpop or Jpop nonsense on the radio xm each seat had and just tried to blast my fear away in a blur of squeaky asian girls. I never ever listen to that stuff. I wish I remembered how much I saw the plane drop altitude (each seat having that little "here's our location/altitude/speed screen in front of it).

Oddly similar experience coming back from Florida to DC but it's not always on the way back - the puddle jumper from NY to DC was easy

I close my eyes, lean on one hand, maybe grip the chair arm hard with the other and repeat a little poem I know over and over again, really focusing on each word.
In the last few years I've gotten a lot more anxious at flying and this helps me get through it a lot. I only get it bad on take off and landing though. Sometimes I've had an old lady next to me see me do it and comfort me which is always nice haha

It's weird because I'm really scared of heights but not of planes or flying at all

A plane is just like getting a ride in a taxi but at 30,000 feet up. Except this taxi driver has years of experience and also has other people to help him out so if you ever let anyone else drive you, I don't see why you would be afraid of planes

Short term? I take ativan plus one chamomile tea at the airport if I have time myself.
Long term, I've heard cognitive therapy gives out some good results.

My problem isn't really height-related, it's actually a subtype of claustrophobia so I'm afraid I can't help you much more.

planning a flight from Egypt in October
last year I was in the region with a different flight
Metrojet Flight 9268 happens the same day I travel

Just.

How do I get over flight anxiety?
Just look at the statistics of fight accidents and realize they are extremely unlikely (a fraction of one percent).

just have five beers in the departure lounge

Go to a doctor and get Xanax? Not hard

Tactical breathing.

Just get on???

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