Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Scared of Flying? There's an App for That

This is kind of cool:

People scared of flying can now press a button on their iPhone to help them deal with their panic.

Long-haul airline Virgin Atlantic Airways has launched an application, or app, for its Flying Without Fear course which boasts a success rate of over 98 percent....

A spokesman from Mental Workout said an estimated one in every three adults were scared of flying.

The Flying Without Fear app has an introduction by Branson, a video-based in-flight explanation of a flight, frequently asked questions, relaxation exercises and a fear attack button for emergencies with breathing exercises.


I could use that. Or if you are like me and don't have an iPhone, you can get the book with the same name, Flying Without Fear 101 questions answered.

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16 Comments:

Blogger br549 said...

Is there an app for dealing with hatred of airport parking, long lines, TSA, layovers, late flights, cancelled flights, and coast to coast jet lag? That's something I could use.

5:53 AM, November 04, 2009  
Blogger Larry J said...

I'm a private pilot and love flying. I just hate riding on airliners. The airlines, airports and TSA have sucked the joy out of the experience.

9:24 AM, November 04, 2009  
Blogger TMink said...

I love it when our profession does something right, cheaply, and it helps people live better lives.

Trey

9:51 AM, November 04, 2009  
Blogger Dr.D said...

I used to have no fear of flying whatsoever. More recently I read of United and one other major carrier operating with paper towels stuffed in oil filler lines with missing caps, and other maintenance disasters that give me many second thoughts. The real reason that I have completely quite flying however is the arrogant, petty, asinine, juveniles who they call the TSA. I simply will not go through that, particularly when I know that it contributes not one ounces to the safety of anyone. It is only an ego trip for the pompous jackasses that are too stupid to find employment even as traffic cops. Talk about loss of freedom!!

11:10 AM, November 04, 2009  
Blogger Capn Eddie Ricketyback said...

During my career as an international airline pilot, my stock recommendation to people who told me that they were afraid of flying was to "take some lessons." Even if you don't go all the way toward getting a license, it will teach you enough to allay most of your fears. Most people who do that actually go ahead and get a private license, even though they hadn't intended to.

Anyone who would like a good tutorial on a scheduled airline flight from departure to destination should watch this 1953 video of Arthur Godfrey flying an Eastern flight from NYC to Miami. Although it's more than a half-century old in a long-retired Constellation, it will give you a better feel for what goes on up front than anything I've seen (You may need to copy & paste the URLs into your browser window):
Part 1:
http://www.archive.org/details/Flyingwi1953
Part 2:
http://www.archive.org/details/Flyingwi1953_2

12:23 PM, November 04, 2009  
Blogger Sloan said...

It's difficult for me to comprehend fear of flying. Even with all the recent changes that have made it a much less pleasant experience, I still LOVE to fly...in fact I just flew down to Tampa this weekend to visit my folks. After I've checked in and waited in line and boarded and jostled my way to my window seat, once the plane starts its take-off roll, the sheer magic of that moment is still just as fresh as it ever was. The acceleration, the rumbling beneath my feet, the sudden giddy sensation of lift in the pit of my stomach, and the fascination of watching as the world falls away beneath my gaze and the whole great panorama of my world is revealed to me in a way I seldom get to see...well, there's nothing to compare with that. I'll put up with all kinds of TSA crap and exorbitant baggage fees because the joy of soaring above the clouds at 250 knots makes it all worthwhile.

I took an introductory flight lesson once (a birthday gift from my wife) and someday I'm going to get my private pilot's license...just haven't had the opportunity to pursue it yet.

1:04 PM, November 04, 2009  
Blogger FormerTucsonan said...

Yes, but don't most major carriers require you to turn your cell phone off while in flight?

Kind of makes it pointless, doesn't it?

3:47 PM, November 04, 2009  
Blogger JohnAnnArbor said...

iPhone has an "airplane" mode for use in flight.

4:08 PM, November 04, 2009  
Blogger FormerTucsonan said...

Most cell phones have airplane modes. They've had them for quite a while now. Airlines still require that cell phones be turned off before departure.

Are iPhone users being accorded some sort of special privilege that the rest of us aren't?

Or is this just a gimick to get people to buy the iTouch?

4:43 PM, November 04, 2009  
Blogger FormerTucsonan said...

Most cell phones have airplane modes. They've had them for quite a while now. Airlines still require that cell phones be turned off before departure.

Are iPhone users being accorded some sort of special privilege that the rest of us aren't?

Or is this just a gimick to get people to buy the iTouch?

4:43 PM, November 04, 2009  
Blogger br549 said...

Sloan, you are getting sex and flying mixed up.

7:22 PM, November 04, 2009  
Blogger Sloan said...

*/chuckle* :-)

Gives new meaning to the term "getting it up."

12:48 PM, November 05, 2009  
Blogger John Salmon said...

I understand there's also an app that tells you what to do if the plane crashes...

2:44 PM, November 05, 2009  
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7:45 PM, November 05, 2009  
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7:57 PM, November 05, 2009  
Blogger Eric said...

What if you have "Mullahphobia" and it's triggered when angry looking Islamic clerics get on the plane and start chanting "ALLAHU AKBAR!"

Is there a treatment for that?

(Other than complaining and then being sued by the Mullahs, I mean....)

8:52 AM, November 07, 2009  

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