Fear of Flying - Phobias and Treatment Programs

Updated: Apr 15, 2019

Fear of flying is a fear of being on an aeroplane (airplane), or other flying vehicle, such as a helicopter, while in flight. It is also referred to as flying phobia, flight phobia, aviophobia or aerophobia (although the last also means a fear of drafts or of fresh air).

Did you know?

One person in three has some degree of fear of flying.

One person in six is unable to fly due to fear of flying.

Anticipatory anxiety before flying is often worse than feelings when flying.

For many fearful fliers, the most difficult part of the flight is cruise.

Cruise is difficult because of turbulence and feeling up high.

Fear of flying may include claustrophobia and fear of in-flight panic.

Flying anxiety, or the fear of flying, is a type of phobia. People who suffer from a flying phobia will feel threatened even when sitting in an airplane that is on the ground, not moving, and with everything functioning normally.

Fear of flying can be anxiety related to and triggered by:

Fear of being in an enclosed space (claustrophobia). Worry about turbulence or a fear of heights. Fear of being exposed to illnesses from other passengers. Being anxious about sitting in close quarters with other people. Having to depend on an unknown person’s skills and judgement (the pilot’s).

Symptoms of flying anxiety can include:

Stomach discomfort


Dry mouth

Flushed or pale face

Rapid breathing and heart palpitations

Muscle tension or tremors

Negative expectations

Dizziness, sweating, or weakness.

Seeking Professional Help

If your flying anxiety can’t be overcome with relaxation techniques, it is probably the time to seek the help of a therapist. Transregression Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy have been successfully used to reduce the triggers and fears associated with flying. If you or someone you know is having difficulty traveling due to their fear of flying, we can help! For more information or to talk to a professional

about your flying anxiety, contact Sabine Patricia Poncelet

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