Some hop on a plane and travel far and wide without a second thought. Others love the idea of getting to their destination without having to take a days-long car ride, but when it comes to boarding the plane their feet act like they are superglued to the floor.
The fear of flying is very real. If you have never experienced it, go ahead and sigh a big sigh of relief. Why? Because you have the freedom to travel the world. However, if you are one who has anxiety and panic with the mere idea of air travel, we see you. And, we may have a solution to ease your fear of flying.
Really? Yes, really. Book a private jet charter.
What Causes a Fear of Flying?
The fear of flying is aerophobia. Those who have it can experience all types of symptoms, including:
- Shortness of breath – or difficulty taking a breath
- Nausea and stomach aches
- Increased heart rate
- Trembling or shaking
- Heart palpitations
- Excessive sweating
These feelings can kick in when boarding a flight, in mid-air, or even just thinking about air travel.
There is no specific reason that someone would have a fear of flying. Rather there are many different factors and each of them can impact – or not impact – everyone in different ways. For instance, some people have a fear of heights and they get anxious flying for the sole reason that they don’t like being high in the sky.
A previous bad experience is another reason that can lead to a fear of flying. Maybe the flight included a lot of turbulence, an unruly passenger, etc. Even having a panic attack on a prior flight could lead to a fear of it happening again on another.
Of course, for others, the idea of feeling “trapped” on a flight and unable to get off when you want can play a huge role in the fear of flying.
How a Private Jet can Help Ease Flying Fears
Travelers who have had the opportunity to fly via a private jet understand that there is a big difference between it and commercial air travel. And that some flying fears just do not seem to carry over when chartering.
Let’s take a look at the way in which booking a private jet can ease your fear so that you can enjoy your flight.
Safety and Maintenance. Ask anyone in the aviation industry and they will tell you that air travel is one of the safest modes of transportation available, statistically speaking. Unfortunately, even knowing rational statistics cannot always ease a fear.
Private jets have to undergo routine maintenance and repairs – and they are required to have a certificate allowing them to fly just like commercial airliners. Except, unlike commercial jets that have to adhere to strict time schedules, private jet charters are allowed a little downtime. You know, when work needs to be completed.
Having time allows aviation mechanics to thoroughly look over the jet and ensure that it is perfectly safe to travel. This can reassure those who think that something may mechanically go wrong with the plane.
While no one can predict a flight or how well a jet will function, knowing that you have someone looking out for its safety without rushing through it in a time crunch can bring comfort.
Security and Strangers. Have you had a bad experience with unruly passengers? Were you fearful for your life? Do you tend to get anxious as you carefully watch each person that boards the plane?
Private jet charters do not have concerns with security or strangers as commercial aircraft do. They don’t have a rushed TSA security process with hundreds of angry passengers in line. It is a relaxed, comfortable screening process. And this alone can bring a sense of relief.
When boarding the jet, you won’t be looking at any strangers except the flight crew because you – and those you are bringing with you – are the only passengers. This, too, eases some fears of flying.
Bring Your Dog. There is a reason why pet therapy and emotional support animals are a big deal. Having them nearby is actually calming, bringing a sense of comfort and ease fears. Inviting your best fur friend on the trip with you only adds to the fears and anxiety when your dog is placed under the seat in front of you or with the plane’s cargo.
On a private jet, you can bring your dog right into the cabin – uncaged. This means you can snuggle and pet your pup, allowing you to feel calm and relaxed for the duration of the flight.
And no, your pet does not have to be registered as a service animal in order for you to take advantage of this perk.
Luxurious Surroundings. Sometimes changing the scenery can change your reaction. For example, walking onto an airplane and seeing row after row of cramped seating amongst strangers may immediately send your fears soaring. When you change the interior and step into a private jet with luxurious seating and surroundings, your body may have a different reaction.
Private jet charters may have reclining chairs, swivel chairs, couches, beds, and more. Some come with private lavatories, full galleys, and even a shower.
You can take advantage of lots of distractions, too, such as the opportunity to indulge in catered foods and beverages (comfort food anyone?), watch movies or tv shows on the screens throughout the cabin, have open conversations, sleep confidently without being surrounded by strangers, and so forth.
Simply placing yourself in the right setting can reduce the instance of flying fears.
Open Communication. When you book a private jet charter, you have a direct line of communication about your flight. In other words, you can feel free to open up about your flying fears so that the flight crew understands your situation.
If there is anything that can be done to make your flight more enjoyable, your booking team will do so. What’s more, the flight crew can take extra steps to reassure you, such as if any turbulence comes up while in flight.
Feeling better already? Private jet charters still give you the freedom to travel – while leaving your fears at home.
You’ve got places to go, so what are you waiting for? Book your private travel today!