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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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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