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Flying phobia!

by Kiran on February 22, 2012 · 11 comments

in Asides, Travels

One would think after living here in the US for close to 6 years now and having a sister who worked in the airlines for many years would have actually cured my flying phobia.

MMmmmm… WRONG!!!

There’s so many reason why I hate flying and let me tell you how it all went downhill. I’d no prior flight experience before coming to US. And the genius in me never thought to take a trial short flight before the long haul. To top it off, no one had an ounce of intelligence to warn me about:

  • take offs and landings are the scariest. Well, at least to me.
  • shockingly loud noise of toilet flush. It’s sounds as though as I am about to be sucked out into the vortex!
  • not everyone is lucky to fall asleep. I am one of the unlucky ones, only because the airplane is way too noisy. The longest nap I’ve taken on air is about 30 minutes, in a stretch.
  • taking turbulence seriously, especially while walking or during restroom breaks. Almost vomited on this one.
  • i am cursed with long limbs, therefore uncomfortable seating should be expected.
  • whether its an aisle or window seat — you are bound to irritate others or expect to be irritated by others.
  • dozing off on the shoulder of strangers is common, but frowned upon.
  • ringing in the eardrums is so common, yet not a soul came forward with details on painful ordeal afterwards.
  • sipping wine to calm wrecked nerves. I was too naive thought it would have costed an arm & leg. Duh!
  • insomnia that comes in a package, labelled as “jet-lag”.

These issues might seem too small in comparison to “pat down” drama during airport security clearance. I guess, you win some you loose some. Eh.

So, I have to live with the fact that flying would always be an uncomfortable experience for me. Scratch that. Loathing is the right word here.

Are you afraid of flying? Any awful experience?


Thought of the day

I think getting drunk is the key to flying comfortably. A couple of Bloody Marys or several glasses of champagne, and suddenly it’s like you’re on a roller coaster.“— Amanda Peet


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