The simple thing that could cure your fear of flying

Did you miss your flight on purpose? It makes sense: nearly 1 in 3 American adults are afraid to fly, according to a Business Insider report.

Instead of relying on alcohol to loosen up the nerves, sleeping pills or a good book, there might be a more permanent alternative to get over this fear.

Several airports and major airlines like Virgin, British Airways and EasyJet offer courses for people who hate flying to combat their fear. A writer for Refinery29 recently took a one-day course, complete with representatives from the cabin crew answering questions about the plane and psychologists to offer coping techniques. 

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'How you roll down the window?'

As much as we might like them to, cars do not fly. And yet some people seem convinced that cars and metal contraptions flying 35,000 feet in the air function exactly the same way. Many a flight attendant has had to break the news to a passenger that plane windows can not be opened. Doing so would send the temperature inside the plane plummeting to frostbite inducing-levels, endangering everyone on board. Why the passengers want the window open in the first place is a mystery to us—it's already cold enough on airplanes. (Here's the reason airplanes tend to be so chilly.)

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'I forgot something. Can you turn the plane around?'

Yes, it's incredibly frustrating to forget an item at home, especially when you're embarking on a long trip. But considering that you're not the only one on the plane, the fact that you left your sunscreen at home is not reason enough for the entire plane to make an emergency landing. These are the craziest reasons flights have been delayed.

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'Can you fly the plane lower? My wife is scared of heights.'

Sure, it's no fun to be on a plane when heights make you nervous. But, considering that planes need to fly at a certain height to minimize air resistance and drag, the pilot probably won't be sympathetic enough to oblige if you ask this question. And besides, how much less nerve-racking can the plane flying at 20,000 feet, rather than 35,000 feet, possibly be, anyway? Here are some tips that can help you combat your fear of flying.

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'Can you fly the plane lower? These clouds are blocking the Grand Canyon.'

Unfortunately, a commercial flight is not a sightseeing tour. If you want to see the Grand Canyon, you'll have to book a flight to Arizona where you can see it up close.

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'Can you avoid flying too close to Windsor Castle? I'm worried it may annoy the Queen.'

According to cabincrew.com, one passenger flying into Heathrow was so concerned about the Queen's well-being that he alerted his flight crew. Heathrow is very close to Windsor Castle, and this royal-conscious flier wanted to take a detour to spare the Queen the noise pollution. Here's what it's like to fly like a member of the Royal Family.

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'Can I sit backward like the stewardesses?'

One passenger seemed to think that this would reduce his or her seasickness during takeoff. The request was not granted. These airports have the scariest takeoffs and landings in the world.

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'Can you tell me who I'm sitting next to? I hate sitting next to strangers.'

Hate to break it to you, customer, but the person you're sitting next to is probably a stranger to the flight attendant, too. If you want to avoid strangers, airplanes are not the place to do that.

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'Can I sit next to the pilot? It's my birthday.'

Many people might want to fly first class on their birthdays, sure. But even that wasn't enough for this passenger, who wanted to be right in the middle of the action in the cockpit. These are the secrets airline pilots won't tell you.

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'Can I use the rubber slide to get off the plane?'

Sure, maybe the safety manuals make the giant inflatable slide look like fun. But considering that the slide is only activated in the case of an emergency evacuation, passengers should probably stick to being grateful if they don't have to use it to get off the plane. These are the things flight attendants wish they could tell you.

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'Please stock the plane with Cool Ranch Doritos and Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling Ice.'

This very specific request came from a celebrity (whose name was not revealed) using the booking app JetSmarter. This app is popular with big stars, since it allows them to book private jets and avoid the crowds (and potential paparazzi) at airports. Plus, it allows them to make ridiculous, very specific requests, like this one.

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'Can I bring one of the world's best poker players with me?'

Another JetSmarter customer was determined to practice for the poker competition he was flying out to Las Vegas for. Via private jet, he flew an unnamed world-renowned poker player with him from Europe to Las Vegas and spent the entire flight practicing. Sadly, the JetSmarter spokesperson did not reveal if the customer won the competition.

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'Can I celebrate New Year's Eve twice?'

According to a spokesperson for PrivateFly, not one but several of their customers request to celebrate New Years' Eve twice, on two different continents. They want to ring in the new year in Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, California, two cities separated by a 19-hour time difference. The company grants this request by flying these eager customers from Sydney on a super-speedy Gulfstream G650, so that they can make it to Los Angeles in time for the countdown.

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'Please play only Liberace music the entire flight.'

One JetSmarter client specifically insists on only hearing the sounds of Liberace every time he or she flies. Another rich family asks to have music from "Mamma Mia!" play right before takeoff every time they fly, according to Magnus Aviation. And one celebrity couple actually requested for an opera singer to join them on a flight and sing to them for an hour. We definitely don't think these requests abide by the airplane etiquette rules every plane passenger should follow.

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'Where is the ATM onboard?'

We've heard of secret sleeping areas, hidden buttons that give you extra legroom, and even a McDonald's on planes, but sadly no ATMs. Here are some of the coolest airplane feature you had no idea existed.

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'The engine noise is giving me a headache. Can you turn it off?'

This one might be the winner. According to cabincrew.com, one passenger asked his flight attendant what the "dull whirring sound" was, complaining of a headache. Even after the attendant told him that it was, in fact, the engine, the passenger requested that the attendant tell the captain to shut it off. When this request was denied, the passenger threatened to file a complaint saying that the airline's terms and conditions "did not state how loud the engines were during the flight." Oh well...flying isn't for everyone. Next, check out the craziest requests VIP hotel guests have ever made.

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The writer also boarded a plane at took a 35-minute circle around England's Gatwick Airport through Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Without Fear course.

The result? The course made a huge difference! British Airways and Virgin Atlantic say they’ve helped over 50,000 people get over their fear of flying in the last 30 years.

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In the states, Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International airport has been offering a similar course for the past 30 years. According to USA Tody, 93 percent of nervous fliers felt comfortable enough getting on a real flight for the fourth session.

But travel experts say U.S. airlines aren’t doing enough to help people get over their fears, since it’s mainly overseas carriers that offer programs.

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In-flight refreshments are arranged in a first-class seat onboard a Boeing Co. B777-300ER aircraft operated by American Airlines Group Inc. at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. American Airlines in December will start daily flights between Sydney and Los Angeles, allowing Qantas Airways Ltd. at the same time to reopen a route from Sydney to San Francisco. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Passenger seating and a bed sit in the first class cabin of an Airbus A380-800 aircraft, operated by Qatar Airways Ltd., on the opening day of the 14th Dubai Air Show at Dubai World Central (DWC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. The Dubai Air Show is the biggest aerospace event in the Middle East, Asia and Africa and runs Nov. 8 - 12. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An in-flight meal is arranged in a first-class seat onboard a Boeing Co. B777-300ER aircraft operated by American Airlines Group Inc. at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. American Airlines in December will start daily flights between Sydney and Los Angeles, allowing Qantas Airways Ltd. at the same time to reopen a route from Sydney to San Francisco. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A picture taken on June 16, 2015 during the International Paris Airshow at Le Bourget shows the first class area of a Qatar Airlines' A380. AFP PHOTO / /MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Qatar Airways Ltd., left, and Timothy 'Tim' Clark, inspect the First Class bar area during a tour of an Airbus SAS A380 aircraft, operated by Qatar Airways Ltd., on day two of the 51st International Paris Air Show in Paris, France, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The 51st International Paris Air Show is the world's largest aviation and space industry exhibition and takes place at Le Bourget airport June 15 - 21. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images
First Class passenger booths sit on the upper deck of an Airbus SAS A380 aircraft, operated by Qatar Airways Ltd., on day two of the 51st International Paris Air Show in Paris, France, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The 51st International Paris Air Show is the world's largest aviation and space industry exhibition and takes place at Le Bourget airport June 15 - 21. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Entertainment screens operate on first class cabin booths aboard an Airbus SAS A380 aircraft, operated by Qatar Airways Ltd., on the opening day of the 51st International Paris Air Show in Paris, France, on Monday, June 15, 2015. The 51st International Paris Air Show is the world's largest aviation and space industry exhibition and takes place at Le Bourget airport June 15 - 21. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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