- Stay hydrated, drink as much water as you can.
- Take slow, deep breaths. Breathing exercises can help you relax on board.
- Before the date of your travel, try mindfulness meditation or relaxation. So by the time you board you will feel less uneasy.
- Listening to your favourite music.
- Familiarise yourself with flying procedures until you feel comfortable with them.
- Medication can help in the short run, but it is not a permanent solution.
- Think about your destination rather than the journey.
- Avoid drinking alcohol, coffee or tea.
- Try to avoid fighting your fears too much. Relax your body and follow the aircraft’s movements.
SOME WAYS TO PERMANENTLY OVERCOME AVIOPHOBIA:
Behavioural therapy or exposure therapy:
A therapist will guide you through gradual exposure of your fear, helping you face your anxiety. Studies found this therapy to be effective in more than 90% of cases.
British Airways and other airlines offer courses that explain flight procedures to people with aviophobia. At the end of the session, passengers are taken on a short flight (e.g. from Heathrow to Gatwick), during which procedures are explained. They claim a 98% success rate.
Hypnosis or hypnotherapy:
The fear of flying is tackled through multiple hypnosis sessions. Those with aviophobia are hypnotised and guided through a hypothetical flight to analyse their emotions as they experience it.