“This summer, musician Katie Sucha will be touring England. And she's scared,” writes Jasmine Garsd in their recent NPR article entitled “After Boeing Crashes, More People Want Help Taming Fear Of Flying.”
"It really is a serious mental challenge to walk through those doors and get on the plane,” Sucha shares in the article.
According to Garsd, “Sucha's fear of flying is so bad that when she was a teacher in Mississippi and wanted to visit her family in Michigan, she'd take a 14-hour bus ride rather than spend two hours in the air.”
“The upcoming trip to Europe is a great career opportunity, but she's terrified. She can't stop watching the news about the two deadly Boeing 737 Max crashes less than five months apart. Sucha gets nervous just talking about them,” explains Garsd.
"You know, if this happens with one type of plane, how many other examples of a faulty sensor or ... something malfunctioning," says Sucha.
The NPR article continues, “Boeing 737 Max airplanes have been grounded worldwide, and incidents like these are actually incredibly rare. But instructors who help people with fear of flying are reporting that enrollment in their classes has more than doubled in the wake of the crashes.”
“If you aren't a nervous flyer, you might not be familiar with the industry built around fear of flying. For $2.99 you can buy an app called Am I Going Down? It uses aviation statistics to calculate the risk of a crash on your upcoming flight,” Garsd writes.
“An app called Overcome The Fear Of Flying offers hypnosis relaxation. The list goes on and on,” Garsd continues.
Later in the article, Garsd shares that “Ben Kaminow, a graduate of Soar (a course), says it's worth the price. He says his fear of flying ‘was debilitating to my life. I would not go away with my family."
“Kaminow's phobia started in 1993, when his vacation flight from New York to Mexico hit strong turbulence,” the article explains.
“He was terrified.”