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Old 01-07-2010, 10:28 AM
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I don't like geting on airliners at all!!! However I do fly about once a year for vacation and I have one coming up in about a month. I know air travel is safe. but I just can't relax on a plane. every time we hit some turbulence I tense up. Does anyone have any good tips on how to relax or do I just have to suck it up and stop worrying.
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:32 AM
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A couple of cocktails before boarding works for me. I don't drink too much on planes 'cause I hate getting up to go pee.
I get tensed up as well on bumpy flights.
Good luck, it's pretty safe up there.
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:36 AM
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valium and percs
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:37 AM
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valium, relaxes you just right...
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:03 AM
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I've never taken a valium. do they make you sleep or just relax?
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I've never taken a valium. do they make you sleep or just relax?
both
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:41 AM
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take a half a V, and keep the second half in your pocket. It will likely just relax you. seems like a very easy fix for a pretty common problem.

if that doesn't work, i watched a fascinating documentary last week on the ease of obtaining oxycoton in FLA. All these pain managment places are stone cold drug dealers. Turns out something like the top 50 oxy perscribing MDs live it fla, and half are in one county. you can get like 200 a visit. you won't even need the plane to fly.


but valium is probably the better choice
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Here's a good site for you to read... It answers a lot of questions you may have.

http://www.askcaptainlim.com/index.p...d=22&Itemid=48
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:05 PM
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When I fly I just think of ALL the other flights happening on a daily basis, There are more than 100K flights a day worldwide...chances are you'd win the Lotto before a mishap on an airplane. A handful of in air problems in the last decade yields very good odds. I flew once a week in 2006-7 no probs, one flight on a puddle jumper we came into some serious turbulence and this poor brazilian girl was talking to the barf bag! 1st and only time I saw that used.

But, if the statistics don't calm you down....yea take a 1/4 V and wake up on the other end.
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My wife is afraid of crashing, not really the flying part. We haven't flown in about 10 years but I think she's ready to put on a strong face for the kids so we can go a little further than our Florida vacations. Problem with getting loaded on meds or alcohol is you will be denied access if you are that far gone. And I think she will need to be heavily medicated to get up the courage.
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:13 PM
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take a ride on a C-130 transport for 6 hours..your fear of flying commercial airline will be greatly reduced
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:38 PM
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"who else has a fear of flying?" I do.

" How do you make it easier?" I never found a way to so I don't fly, I drive.
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:42 PM
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I fly about 3 times a year and HATE it but after trial and error with different things have come up with something that works really well for me. Ive tried xanex(even 5 at a time), valium, drinking, sleep aids, dramimine and combinations of all them, with none of them working at all. The doctor couldnt beleive it each time I told them what I took and the lack of results I got. I guess my stress level overpowers the medicine??

Anyway, what I do now is order a drink or two and then take 2 benydryl about 30 mins before boarding. Benydryl alone knocks me out so with a little alcohol added it increases drowsiness. During the flight if I am awake(normally wake up at touch down) I dont have any anxiety.

I still say I hate flying but can tolerate the ride now. The problem I have now is the anxiety I get thinking about the flight during the days leading up to it, but during the ride I have no problems.

BTW my wife hates that I do this but the timing works out perfect everytime and its not so over the top that Im out of control and it beats driving. Since discovering this combination Ive flown from MD to St Thomas, Las Vegas and San Antonio with no problems.

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I would think the incidence of offshore boating mishaps, sinkings, stranded at sea, hours waiting for tow or assistance are far greater than flying. Yet we take that risk all the time without too much fear or trepidation.
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For me it's the claustrophobic feeling of being confined in a small tube. The smaller the plane the more it sends chills down my spine.

Hey, I don't even like small towns (just kidding).

At 76, dying in a fiery plane crash would beat heII out of dying in bed.

Three 2.5 Xanax pills helps a bunch, although, I am still very happy to exit the aircraft at the destination.

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I'm afraid of people who are afraid of flying. :D
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Take a flight in a small private plane. The commercial will feel like a floating couch. Seriously, if you consider the physics of flight and the rigouous inspections and checklists, you and your xanex will fly much more carefree...
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Originally Posted by Semper Fi-sh View Post
take a ride on a C-130 transport for 6 hours..your fear of flying commercial airline will be greatly reduced
Especially at low altitude on a hot day


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Old 01-07-2010, 03:50 PM
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I'm totaly backward with flying. I like to fly on small planes and have my solo skydive card. there's just something about getting on a big ass fully loaded airliner that turns my stomach. don't get me wrong I'm not pulling a Rainman in the jet way or anything.
I just get that I hope this damn thing doesn't fall out of the sky stress.

Thanks for all the advice and support.
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