Are you gripped by a fear of flying?
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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