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Flight of terror

Trapped in a Nightmare at 30,000 Feet

By Muhammad Telmeez Published about a year ago 4 min read
Flight of terror
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Flying can be an exciting and convenient way to travel, but for some, it can also be a nightmare. The fear of flying is a common phobia that affects millions of people worldwide. It can manifest in various ways, including panic attacks, sweating, and even full-blown anxiety disorders. In this article, we will explore one person's personal experience with the fear of flying and discuss some strategies for overcoming it.

My Experience:

I had always been an anxious person, but the thought of flying had never really bothered me. I had flown a few times before and had always felt a bit nervous but never to the point of panic. That all changed when I took a flight for a family vacation a few years ago.

The flight was going smoothly until we hit some turbulence. The plane started shaking, and I felt like I was on a roller coaster. I could hear other passengers gasping and screaming, and it added to my anxiety. My palms started to sweat, and my heart started racing. I felt like I was trapped in a nightmare.

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My mind started to race, and I started to imagine all the worst-case scenarios. What if the plane crashes? What if we never make it to our destination? I could feel my anxiety peaking, and I didn't know how to calm down.

The turbulence continued for what felt like an eternity, but eventually, the plane stabilized. The rest of the flight was uneventful, but the experience left me traumatized. From that moment on, I developed a fear of flying that I couldn't shake.

Strategies for Overcoming the Fear of Flying:

The fear of flying is a common phobia, but it's treatable. There are various strategies and techniques that can help overcome the fear of flying, including:

Seek professional help: If your fear of flying is affecting your daily life, it's important to seek help from a mental health professional. They can help you identify the underlying causes of your anxiety and develop coping strategies to manage it.

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Learn about flying: Many people are afraid of flying because they don't understand how it works. Learning about how planes work, the physics of flight, and the safety procedures can help alleviate anxiety.

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Relaxation techniques: Practicing relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, and visualization, can help calm your mind and body during a flight.

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Distraction: Distracting yourself with activities, such as reading a book, listening to music, or watching a movie, can help take your mind off your anxiety.

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Exposure therapy: Gradual exposure to flying can help desensitize you to your fear. Start by watching videos of planes taking off and landing and progress to taking short flights.

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Medication: In some cases, medication can help alleviate anxiety during a flight. Talk to your doctor about whether medication is a good option for you.

My Journey to Overcoming the Fear of Flying:

After my traumatic experience on the flight, I knew I needed to do something about my fear of flying. I started researching strategies for overcoming the fear of flying and decided to try exposure therapy.

I started by watching videos of planes taking off and landing, and I slowly progressed to taking short flights. The first few flights were tough, but each time, it got a little easier. I also started practicing relaxation techniques, which helped calm me down during the flight.

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Over time, I was able to manage my anxiety, and flying became more comfortable. I still get a bit nervous before a flight, but it's no longer a paralyzing fear.

Another thing that helped me was learning more about flying. I read articles and books about how planes work, the safety features, and the statistics of air travel. This knowledge helped me understand that flying is one of the safest modes of transportation.

Finally, I realized that my fear of flying was ultimately about the fear of losing control. I had to accept that I couldn't control everything that happens during a flight, but I could control my reactions to it. I started to focus on what I could control, such as practicing relaxation techniques and distracting myself during the flight.


Overcoming the fear of flying is a process, and everyone's journey is unique. Seeking help from a mental health professional and utilizing various strategies, such as exposure therapy and relaxation techniques, can help alleviate anxiety. It's also essential to educate yourself about flying and the safety features of planes to understand that it's a safe mode of transportation.

Personal experiences with the fear of flying can be traumatic, but it's possible to overcome it with time, patience, and dedication. It's essential to focus on what you can control and accept what you can't control during a flight.

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In my case, the fear of flying was a challenge that I had to face, but it also taught me valuable lessons about managing anxiety and taking control of my thoughts and emotions. I hope my experience can help others who struggle with the fear of flying and that they too can overcome it and enjoy the benefits of air travel.

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