“If God wanted man to fly, he would have given him wings.” -George Melville
There is certainly some truth in that quote, especially when it comes to the fear and anxiety that some people experience when it comes to flying. Estimates vary, but it’s fairly safe to say that one person in five has a fear of flying. Chances are that the numbers are actually much higher. And why shouldn’t they be? Feeling uncomfortable in an airplane makes sense.
As a commercial airline passenger, you are not in control. However, unlike in a taxi cab, you have little if any chance to see or have a say in what the pilots or the airplane are doing! On top of that, the average person can’t be expected to know how to fly a plane or have detailed knowledge of how an airplane works. And it is exactly that unknown or unfamiliarity that causes their fear.
The good news is that a lot of people’s fears about flying can be overcome simply by learning about airplanes and air travel! Getting fact-based answers to questions about flying can help someone overcome their fear of flying. And that’s our ultimate goal here: to discuss the FACTS about flying.
Lots of people are terrified of getting on an airplane and they don’t have to be! By learning about flying, people will be able to gain an understanding of why air travel continues to be one of the safest means of transportation in existence today. And more importantly, they won’t be afraid to fly because they have an understanding of what’s going on!
-Why it’s okay to be afraid to fly-