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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 06-12-2015, 02:08 PM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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For myself it's been ages since I've flown. Like 20 years. The last time was Spring of 1995. And that was in a small Cessna-type plane and also a helicopter. The last time I actually flew on an airliner plane was early 1992, to Hawaii and back on Delta. So...to my question...are you guys afraid of flying?
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Old 06-12-2015, 02:30 PM
 
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No. I can't say I love a rocky landing or turbulence or flying in a storm, but generally, flying is just a means to an ends, just like I don't enjoy sitting in traffic or trying to avoid bad drivers on the road.
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Old 06-12-2015, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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I like to fly. Only ever had one truly scary landing. We were flying a MD11 into an airport with a crosswind 2 knots under max allowed. It was supposed to be the FO's landing but company policy dictated the Capt. had to make the landing due to the extreme crosswind. As soon as we taxied to the ramp everyone went over to the wingtip to see if it had drug the ground on landing. Fortunately no scrape marks were found.
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:22 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I only fly 3-4 trips a year, and mostly enjoy it if not too long. I can take 6 hours to Hawaii, but over that seems like it would be too long to be sitting.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:43 PM
 
Location: East of the Mississippi and South of Bluegrass
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No. I can't say I love a rocky landing or turbulence or flying in a storm, but generally, flying is just a means to an ends, just like I don't enjoy sitting in traffic or trying to avoid bad drivers on the road.
Likewise; if one needs to get somewhere (by whatever means necessary and available for the trip) then we do what we have to do to accomplish it. But scared, no.

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I only fly 3-4 trips a year, and mostly enjoy it if not too long. I can take 6 hours to Hawaii, but over that seems like it would be too long to be sitting.
I agree with this completely. A long flight overseas can be tiresome and difficult but I psyche myself up to go into a sleep pattern that gets me through it and then I am well rested when I arrive.
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Old 06-13-2015, 12:17 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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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.
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I don't mind flying...but I do mind the crowding and no comforts anymore. Flying used to be a treat...now it a major hassle. I'm not afraid of the actual flying. It's the bureaucratic crap that gets me!
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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Yes, every time. Still, I fly a lot. A whole lot.
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Old 06-14-2015, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I am a bit, which could be more from the enclosure (claustrophobia) than altitude. And one bizarre time my back broke out into such horrid spasms that I seriously thought I'd need an emergency landing, and being in the air made me frightened (but I made it, and it never happened since).

I do not like to fly but, gratefully, any fear isn't bad enough to stop me.
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Old 06-14-2015, 05:33 AM
 
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No! I had my first flight on a commercial plane at age 4 and loved it! I have also flown on small Cessna aircraft many times as well as quite a few times on gliders, a couple of times on a helicopter and once on an ultralight and they were all great experiences!
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