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View Poll Results: Are you scared of flying?
Yes 19 23.17%
No 63 76.83%
Voters: 82. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-14-2015, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I avoid flying because it has become such an unpleasant experience, not from fear. My SO on the other hand is seriously afraid of flying- and he has relatives in China. It's tough for him.
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Old 06-14-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Mountain girl trapped on the beach
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I enjoy flying (but not the hassle, as stated upthread). I dated a private pilot for a while. He owned a Cessna 182 so I got used to traveling in a small plane. For work I have traveled by helicopter and also military aircraft like the C-130, and once I got to ride in a V-22 Osprey. That was the most exciting ride I've ever had in an aircraft, because it was so different.
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Yes, flying scares me. You're inside a metal tube tens of thousands of feet off the ground, and if anything happens there's no escape. The airplane is a flying bomb, filled with jet fuel. Even with all the statistics about flying being safer than driving and the highly trained crews, I am still a nervous flyer, especially during takeoffs and landings, which are the two times when things can go wrong in a hurry. It doesn't help that I've seen many episodes of Air Crash Investigation and have read many black box transcripts from in-flight accidents.
When I'm standing in line, I usually think of the crash scene from the Nicholas Cage film Knowing.

I've been on a few really bad flights, had an unpleasant skydiving experience and fallen off of a roof. Ouch. That hurt for a long time.

No, I don't like to fly.
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Old 06-25-2015, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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I've flown many times but for some reason when turbulence come in I still get the nervous feeling in my stomach...even though I know turbulence is virtually no issue with flying and that chances of dying in airplane crash is incredibly tiny. I too have watched too many Air Crash Investigations....
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Old 06-25-2015, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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No. I have to be honest though flying to America does scare me. I hate flying over the ocean, I don't mind flying over a sea but over an ocean for hours on end scares the hell out of me. I know there is ETOPS rules and we are not ever far from the land but it still does not give me comfort knowing that I am in the middle of nowhere.

I can't even look out, shutters are down. 4 hours of hell.
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:27 PM
 
Location: D.C.
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Nope I actually enjoy flying, although i don't like everything you have to go through prior to getting on plane. Turbulence has never really bothered me.
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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AFRAID of flying? No.
However, I do not fly these days. I hate airports. I hate the "security".
I left the aviation industry long ago, and haven't exercised the privileges I have under my A&P license since.
I finished my working career repairing lawn & garden equipment.
If I can't drive or take a boat to get there, I just ain't going!
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Not afraid in the least. In fact, I love the experience. I've flown on planes ranging from the Cessna 152 to the Boeing 747, and I've enjoyed them all.

I have what one might call a morbid interest in air crashes. Tell me what kind of plane I'm going to be flying on, and I can probably tell you about a crash involving that particular type. One might think that this would cause me to be more fearful, but it does no such thing. I know that I'm probably more likely to win the lottery than experience a plane crash; and I also know that some crashes are survivable, and I do what I can (study the safety card, note the locations of the exits, etc.) to increase my odds of surviving. And if I do end up beating the odds (in a bad way) and find myself in an unsurvivable crash? Well, I guess that just means my number finally came up.
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:57 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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For me, no but for my husband yes. We are planning our first vacation that requires flying this October. He is very nervous. Neither of us has been on a plane before. Only thing making me nervous is making sure everything is booked properly and we have what we need to board.
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:01 AM
 
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AFRAID of flying? No.
However, I do not fly these days. I hate airports. I hate the "security".
I left the aviation industry long ago, and haven't exercised the privileges I have under my A&P license since.
I finished my working career repairing lawn & garden equipment.
If I can't drive or take a boat to get there, I just ain't going!
Bingo.

I never had a flying experience I didn't like, and that includes hanging by my fingernails on a jump seat in the butt of a C-130 flown by a crazy-azz Aussie doing missile-evasion maneuvers.

But I despise the "airport experience," and that alone will keep me from flying.
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