Few people look forward to getting onto an aircraft. Sure, skydivers can’t wait to flyingthemselves out into the rush of wind and adrenaline. People flying to loved ones have their own reasons for strapping themselves in.
But for mostpeople it’s a drag, checking in, getting an elbow in the eye, sitting bored for hours, the hoping your baggage has gone to the same destination asyou. And since the attacks of September 11, 2001, safety concerns are more a matter of concern than ever.
Truth be told, you’re much safer in anairliner than in your car. In the US, you’re nearly 40 times safer in the sky than on the road, even though hurtling through the sky in analuminium tube is a decidedly unnatural activity.
There’s another category, for whom the mere prospect of flying is enough to trigger panic attacks.
Formany of these people, air travel has held such terror that they find alternatives – train, bus, your name it. It’s also been found that number ofpeople who can’t set foot aboard an airliner increased since the September 11 attacks.
It seems women and men fear flying for different reasons:the BBC reports that the clinics run by a number of major airlines to help people deal with their fears are helping broaden this knowledge.