Con­quer your fear off ly­ing

If the prospect of step­ping on a plane fills you with ter­ror, Mike Peake has some tips that’ll have you soar­ing anx­i­ety-free in no time

Friday - - Inside -

Whether it’s the dreaded ‘triple bing-bong’ of the cabin call bell or an anx­ious look on the faces of the cabin crew, if you’re a ner­vous flier – and up to one third of us are – one of th­ese is all the ev­i­dence you need that your air­craft is about to fall from the sky. In your mind, the mem­o­ries of a dozen air­line disas­ter movies are pour­ing petrol on to the al­ready-in­cen­di­ary im­ages your imag­i­na­tion is throw­ing up, and within mo­ments you know with un­flinch­ing cer­tainty that a scream­ing, hor­rific death awaits you. But then the trol­ley passes, a woman hands you a hot towel and… Noth­ing hap­pens.

Any­one who is scared of fly­ing is their own worst en­emy. They feed their fear with stom­ach-churn­ing thoughts of disas­ter and trans­late the tini­est jolt of tur­bu­lence into an iron-clad guar­an­tee of im­pend­ing doom. Half-truths and myths com­bine with over­ac­tive imag­i­na­tions to dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect, and at 20,000 feet they can trans­form a nor­mally ra­tio­nal per­son into a blub­ber­ing wreck.

And yet fly­ing has never been safer. Ac­cord­ing to newly re­leased find­ings from the Avi­a­tion

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