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I'm not a great flyer.
I'm flying tomorrow.
last time i got on a plane i was convinced it was going to crash, the wing was shaking and there was condensation on my window.
i'm a shit flyer, i really don't like doing it
I only offer free entry before 10:30 and I'm printed on really shit paper.
I also have a list of all the shit bands that are played in my club.
I got a new job this time last year which means I've been on 25 flights or so this year. Still hate it. So no good advice really, as I'm sure you know it all already. I divide the flight into different stages and focus on accomplishing each of these in turn. Of course this is totally ridiculous as I have no control over it at all! Still, whatever helps.
Going anywhere nice?
a mini bottle of vodka poured into a bottle of coke before the flight.
walkman during the course of the flight (no electrical equipment my ass).
though i'm a fine flyer. but flights are so uncomfortable and boring. i realize i can always read, but i don't generally feel like it when flying.
and you soothe this fear by brazenly using the electronic equipment they ask you not to, in case it interferes with the aircraft's signals and brings the plane crashing to the ground?
Oh wait, you meant 'flier'.
Hey, genuine suggestion, Will: get some flight socks. They're about £12 or £13 at Boots but they made a big difference to me. My feet tend to ache if I'm flying otherwise. How long you on a plane for?
Same for the flights my gf took around the same time. I think maybe it's to do with going over the arctic circle. Still, if you can get a window seat you'll see some MAJOR cool shit down there. But be prepared for a cocking scary flight.
I amn't afraid of flying in any kind of visceral or emotional way though. Only in a 'this is tonnes of metal that is going enormously fast - in the sky!' kind of idea way. But that's easy enough to not think about.
that is pretty amusing, although slightly evil. Still, no evil-er than surreptitiously watching someone use their laptop. Filthy shoulder-surfing swine!
My uncle use to be a captain of concorde (man, does he have a sweet pension!) and he gave me a big chat once about how safe flying is and how much of a doing planes can take and that i really shouldn't worry. It helped a bit but still if you don't like it you don't like it. Strangely enough i much prefer long haul to short haul fligts.
it's just fucking uncomfortable.
I was hoping to get a free flight from Lufthansa after complaining - got the response this morning but was only an apology.
I fecking hate flying. I need to do about half a bottle of diazepam to get near an airport.
Listen to music / watch a film. You'll be fine.
WOO PRIEST RULES
But then it happened lots and I didn't die so now it's fine.
It's just that initial moment when the thrust from takeoff stops and you can feel the plane hanging in the air, and it feels like it should plummet back down to the ground like a thrown stone, but it doesn't.
After that, all fine.
What he said. It's only the bit from take-off until it sits level again that bothers me.
but only because i used to spend days on end "bonding" with my dad over endless episodes Air Crash Investigations. There are SOO many ways a plane can crash you know.
2 x 10mg about 15 minutes before boarding. Works like a charm.
as easy as saying "i shit my pants everytime i get on a plane" to your doctor?
i'm an idiot
I have to fly with my job 3-4 times a year, plus 4-5 non work related trips - so I go a couple of times a year for to get them in bulk. Basically, yeah - just describe how you feel for the duration of the flight. Most GPs I've been to have been really sympathetic. Of course, they give you the mandatory "you know there are special courses you can take" talk, but then they give you a shitload of pills anyway.
i once got stung on the forehead on a flight that was 100m above landing when the pilot decided he couldn't see through the mist, and went back up and circled for another hour and a half (this doub;ed the flight time) i was a bit concerned, but i pretty much figured that it was all under control, appart from the sting, that killered me.
Journey to airport - Fine. Level of nervousness - less than 5%
Arrival at airport - Increase in nervousness - up to 20%
Titting around waiting for flight - Decrease in nervousness. Less than 10%
Walk to gate - Nervousness up again. 25%
Looking at plane through window - Oh God. Up to 60%
Walk down tunnel to plane - Terrified. 85%
Stepping foot on to plane - Almost impossible, really have to steel myself. 95%
Sat on plane - Not so bad. Probably try and immerse myself in a book. 45%
First movement of plane - Horrific. 95%
Take off until plane levels out - Hat over eyes. 97.5%
Rest of flight (inc. landing) - Pretty much fine. Up to 35% if turbulent
then i had a couple of flights with really bad turbulence.
then i started thinking more about the fact it was a huge chunk of metal suspended miles in the sky, and then i noticed more crashes in the news and stuff.
really freaks me out now. i've had to get v drunk the last couple of times i've got on a plane. takes the edge off the panic.
as it seems so unnatural.
On the way back from Sonar this year I was quite edgy but suspect that had a lot to do with something else. HA.
I generally like aeroplane food and films and hanging out. I hate economy class and rue the day I got an upgrade into business for free via Japan airlines because once you try it, you can't go back.. it's like heroin, ye olde business travel is.