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News Reports Ignite Global Fear of Flying


Recent incidents in aviation including the crash killing the President of Poland and the security lapse that allowed a suspected terrorist to board a passenger jet in New York have intensified travelers anxiety, especially those who may already have been struggling with a fear of flying.

Faisal Shahzad, a suspect in the New York City Times Square bombing attempt was allowed to board an Emirates Airlines flight bound for Dubai, a potentially catastrophic oversight which deepens fears of travelers who are concerned about potential for terrorist attacks aboard airplanes.

Still under investigation, the crash of the Polish Air Force jet carrying the President of Poland, his wife, and other high ranking government officials on April 10, exacerbates individuals fear of flying who may think if a fatal accident can happen on the flight of a President, it can certainly happen to their flight!

Of course, even with the recent events being highly publicized, the statistical chance of being in an accident on a commercial airline flight are virtually nil. “As much as this logically should alleviate fears, anyone with a flying phobia or fear can attest to the fact that their anxiety is not rooted in logic at all and statistics do little to comfort them during times of high anxiety aboard a flight.”, states Rich Presta, an expert who works with individuals on overcoming their fear of flying and who runs the popular website

Media reports of aviation accidents are highly publicized because they are so rare and unusual, but when they do occur, the media’s relentless focus on them gives the public a perception that they are far more common than they actually are.

As stated on Presta’s fear of flying website, the key to treating flying anxiety is to focus on two primary areas. First, to understand and trust the physics behind flight and the people working in the aviation industry. Second, and the part which requires a more specialized and systematic approach, is learning how to respond to and control your own reaction of anxiety about flying and replace that negative and limiting behavior with more positive behavior of relaxation, confidence, and calm aboard a flight.

The website at offers statistics, news, articles and resources for fearful fliers, as well as a complimentary report with answers to common questions about flying, weather, turbulence, safety, and more, developed in conjunction with airline personnel such as pilots, flight attendants, air traffic controllers, mechanics, and more.


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