High Anxiety!

Do you agree with the Orson Welles quote, “There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.”? If the terror part reminds you of a previous anxiety-ridden plane ride, we’re writing this just for you.

In keeping with June’s National Safety Month tradition, we’d like to fit in one safety piece before the month comes to a close. If you’re scared to death to board a plane for more than just health reasons, breathe; flying is statistically one of the safest ways to travel. According to this article, only one in seven million US commercial flights have crashed. If that’s not reassuring enough, I’ll put it differently: Probability says that you could fly for 123,000 years, every single day, without an issue. Most of us need to get across the country or globe quickly, so we’re more than willing to take our chances.

  • If possible, take a non-stop flight. Not only are they more pleasant for travelers (one-hour layovers are the absolute worst!), but they’re also safer. Why? It’s a numbers game–The most danger happens during takeoff and landing, so minimizing the number of times you have to do this greatly improves safety.

 

  • The flight attendant’s briefing may sound like a garbled mess of words when you’re jet-lagged, but please pay attention during their demonstration! If you dozed off during the briefing, take a look at the safety card.

 

  • Know where to make your exit! Get familiar with the emergency exit before your flight.

 

  • Keep your seatbelt buckled at all times. Rough air comes on suddenly and unexpectedly, and you could be seriously injured without a seatbelt.

 

  • When it comes to plane travel, size matters. Choose a larger aircraft if possible. They’ve proven much safer in the event of a crash.

 

  • Sorry to tell you, but aisle seats and back seats are safer. At least you can people watch from that vantage point, right?

 

  • If you’re taking a child with you on your flight, just know that even though you’re allowed to carry a child on your lap during a flight, it’s still not safe. Instead, use an FAA-approved CARES safety harness for each child. Although your anxiety might rise in relation to your altitude, the safest place to be is when you’re cruising high up in the clouds.

 

So maybe you’ve always dreamed of charting unfamiliar ground, but your anxiety has been holding you back; maybe this is your first business trip, and you’re absolutely terrified. You have nothing to fear! If you’re more concerned about your health on a plane, read up on our health advisories from the previous post. In the spirit of the standard flight attendant’s speech, we sincerely wish you all a safe and enjoyable flight!

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