Are you gripped by a fear of fly­ing?

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The fear of fly­ing, aero­pho­bia, is so com­mon here in the UAE that British Air­ways holds a course to help peo­ple deal with it. The next Fly­ing with Con­fi­dence course by British Air­ways will be held in Dubai on Oc­to­ber 15. Ex­pe­ri­enced pi­lots and psy­chol­o­gists will be on hand to help peo­ple tackle their fears. In 2012, 7DAYS re­ported that a school­boy was stuck in Abu Dhabi for 15 months due to his crip­pling fear of fly­ing. Joe Thomp­son and his fa­ther had to stay be­hind in July 2012 while the rest of the fam­ily trav­elled back home to the UK be­cause se­vere panic at­tacks pre­vented him from get­ting on the plane. Af­ter the Thomp­sons spent thou­sands on can­celled flights and pho­bia ther­apy, hyp­nother­a­pist Rus­sell Hem­mings was fi­nally able to get Joe on a plane in Oc­to­ber 2013 by putting him un­der a state of hyp­no­sis. A British Air­ways sur­vey con­ducted in the Emi­rates in 2014 re­vealed that one in four peo­ple (26 per cent) ex­pe­ri­ence fear of fly­ing to some ex­tent. Cap­tain Steve All­right, a British Air­ways pi­lot, said that fig­ure could ac­tu­ally be as high as one in three peo­ple. He said: “You can usu­ally take con­trol of your be­hav­iour, act­ing to ful­fill your own needs. How­ever, when you are in the grips of pho­bia, you may find your­self un­able to be­have in the man­ner of your choos­ing. “You feel dis­em­pow­ered, vul­ner­a­ble and out of con­trol. This trig­gers the brain into fight-or-flight mode caus­ing a mix­ture of emo­tions.” All­right helps peo­ple tackle all lev­els of aero­pho­bia by pa­tiently go­ing through the tech­ni­cal side of avi­a­tion and ex­plain­ing the strange noises and vi­bra­tions that oc­cur dur­ing flights, such as air tur­bu­lence, which is feared by many.

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