Fear of flying is a fear of being on an airplane (aeroplane), or other flying vehicle, such as a helicopter, while in flight. It is also referred to as flying phobia, flight phobia, aviophobia or aerophobia. This phobia receives more attention than most other phobias because air travel is often difficult for people to avoid—especially in professional contexts—and because it is common, affecting a significant minority of the population. Inability to maintain emotional control when aloft may prevent a person from going on vacations or visiting family and friends, and it can cripple the career of a businessperson by preventing them from traveling on work-related business.
But that fear gets worst when a news hits the news channels about a plane that just crashed killing all on board. That news sparks the idea of helplessness the doomed passengers must have felt moments before the crash took place. Imagining those final moments creates more panic and anxiety not only in the minds of those who are afraid of flying but also for those who are not afraid of flying at all.
The following are the 10 major causes explaining that phenomenon.
1. The plane crash was not due to pilot error.
2. The plane crash was not due to technical error or glitch.
3. The model of plane that crashed never had a crash record before.
4. The plane was shot down.
5. The plane was hi-jacked.
6. The plane tried to land while flying through a storm.
7. The plane was carrying a cargo that should have been never placed on a passenger airline.
8. The plane is lost and no where to be found.
9. Several plane has crashed in a timeline of only a week.
10. The airline you booked your ticket with is the worst victims of the crashes.
The above mentioned pointers share a common ground and that is in each and every circumstances the passenger of the flight is “helpless”. None of the above mentioned scenarios can be “controlled” by the passenger and hence the sense of helplessness and doom.
But the reality is when there is a news of a single plane crash, that very minute thousands of planes would have touched down or landed safely worldwide completing very safe and long flights. Those thousands of planes safely landing does not cause the same sensation in the human brain as does the news of one crashed airline. When it comes to flying, one has to be more optimistic and always believe in the “glass is half full” philosophy.