When is the time to/to not worry when flying for the first time?
I am going to be a first-time-flier next month, December 7th, and I have a few questions. 1. When is the time to worry when flying? 2. When to not worry over something? 3. What does turbulence feel like? And is it something to worry over? 4. What kind of food/drinks do they serve on an airplane? 5. What kind of things do you feel/hear while flying? 6. What do you do when you start feeling panicky or nervous? Like you're about to have a panic attack or something? 7. What are some good ways to keep your mind occupied while flying? 8. What are the chances of something seriously wrong happening to an airplane? I know there are a lot of questions, but I figure the more information I know, the better I can get prepared. I'm going to be flying from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, to the Tulsa, OK airport. So it's only going to be like a 2 hour flight. IF that. And from what I've heard, that's very short. Depending of course on weather, and delays and all that. Regardless, advice/info, anything will help. Thanks. (:
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Do you know how many people fly every day and nothing happens? I do it for a living, trust me there is nothing to worry about. Even if you did worry, will that change anything? Nope. If you want to think about something try this: You are going 500 miles and hour through the air at 35,000 feet. Amazing. Just amazing. Oh yeah, you'll get some peanuts/pretzels and a soda to enjoy while you are on this amazing feat of human engineering.
First of all, flying is very safe, much safer than driving so just sit back and relax...bring a book to keep you occupied if that will help. 1. When is the time to worry when flying? Foul weather can be tricky but ice, high winds and lightening are the worst times. But if conditions are dangerous air traffic control won't let the plane take off so don't sweat it. 2. When to not worry over something? You are bound to feel turbulence during your flight so just expect it - it's normal and nothing to worry about. 3. What does turbulence feel like? And is it something to worry over? The plane will do any or all of these: shake, vibrate, shift side to side, and/or drop a few feet. It is unnerving but as I said before, it's normal, just hang on, close your eyes and it will be over before you know it. 4. What kind of food/drinks do they serve on an airplane? On a short flight like yours you will get drink service and that's it. Juice, coffee, tea and soft drinks are free. If alcohol is served it'll cost you around $6. Don't expect any free food - even snacks and peanuts are rarely served these days (depends on the airline). Some airlines will sell box snacks for around $8. You're better off eating before the flight or bringing fast food onboard with you. 5. What kind of things do you feel/hear while flying? Engine noise and if you're on the wing, you'll hear the wing mechanics moving. You're ears might pop so bring gum or something to drink. During take-off you'll feel the place accelerate before you lift off. During landing you'll feel the plane's wheels touch down and it's likely to be pretty bumpy. 6. What do you do when you start feeling panicky or nervous? Like you're about to have a panic attack or something? This I can't answer because it's never happened to me. Try deep breaths or striking up a conversation with the person sitting next to you. It's sure to take your mind off the flight. 7. What are some good ways to keep your mind occupied while flying? Reading, games (crossword puzzles, etc.) A lot of flights will have in-flight TV shows (usually a sitcom). 8. What are the chances of something seriously wrong happening to an airplane? Very little! Air travel is quite safe...relax!
Are you flying alone? I started flying alone this year, and I have flown (alone) 10 times since and I am flying again next week : ) 1. When is the time to worry when flying? Take off and landing within 500 feet is the most dangerous time frame for bird strikes to happen. But remember, there are TWO ENGINES and a plane can work on one!! (It will emergency land of course) 2. When to not worry over something? Noises. There are LOTS of noises. It sometimes will sound like the plane is falling apart or something, especially during take off. I remember I was kind of freaking out at the noises when I first flew, but I looked around and everyone was fine. It was normal. It helps to watch take off videos to get use to the sounds. They can be really relaxing. But remember, they're loud, and you probably won't beable to hear much, especially with ears getting plugged!! 3. What does turbulence feel like? And is it something to worry over? It's bumpy. That's it. Nothing to worry about unless you don't have your seatbelt on. Make bathroom breaks QUICK as you can, cause you NEVER know when you'll hit turbulence 4. What kind of food/drinks do they serve on an airplane? Depends on airlines. They usually always have complimentary drinks (short haul) for free, like sodas, etc. Snacks and meals are usually for flights 2.5 and 3+ hours atleast 5. What kind of things do you feel/hear while flying? Engine, it's loud. Sometime's when you land if you hear a loud noise when it's braking, its called reverse thrust. Sometimes when you're descending, or even cruising you might feel the plane drop a little, completely normal! 6. What do you do when you start feeling panicky or nervous? Like you're about to have a panic attack or something? Breathe. Sometimes I psych myself out and I'm like "What if I just stop breathing" and I literally start having trouble. but I just breathe. 7. What are some good ways to keep your mind occupied while flying? They have a skymall magazine. Bring a game, your phone, mp3 player. I fly 2 1/2 hour flights, and it does get really boring, especally being alone 8. What are the chances of something seriously wrong happening to an airplane? very slim. VERY. Flying is wayyy safer than on the ground