As a child there was nothing more exciting than sitting on the plane, because that meant I would be going somewhere new and fun. Also, the joy of receiving an activity pack from the pretty air hostesses which usually included crayons, colouring book, toy and sometimes a small backpack.
Never affected by any inflight turbulence, knowing that my parents were right there to protect me. Fast forward another 20 years and BAM! My fear of flying has taken over! It’s not that I don’t travel enough, I travel quite a lot actually.
It may be from the bad turbulence on a budget flight ( let’s just say that they have been named after a wild animal) that I experienced flying from Tasmania back to Melbourne, where it sounded like the engine stopped and the plane dropped a few metres. Passengers including myself were screaming and gripping down hard on armrests with our knuckles turning white. Luckliy, we landed ALIVE but I never flew with that certain airline again.
Then in the news I started hearing well- known airlines crashing, engines malfunctioning or plummeting into the Atlantic… here’s to you Air France.
But having recently travelled to Asia on Singapore Airlines, you’d think I’d feel more at ease flying with what used to be my favourite airline, but every bump had me in sweat! The air hostesses did nothing to help, you think that they would be a little more attentative and compassionate when it comes to uneasy travellers. But NO! We had an elderly woman that was terrified when the plane had to circle in the air due to high airport traffic and the air hostesses didn’t even bother to reassure let alone to at least glance at her, they walked past numerous times and just ignored her! Poor lady!
On the long flight home, a lady next to me refused to stop chatting to her friend on her iPad, she kept right on during take off and then put it away without turning it off once she had lost range. Then she bloody started again before landing! The air hostesses ignored this both times! I kindly asked her to put it away but she just smiled and nodded, language barrier I guess. Her actions elevated my fears to high levels!!!!
I do lose sleep over my flight for couple weeks before my scheduled flight. Hopefully this is just a hurdle that I will get over, because I really do love travelling. Or maybe I should roofy myself for a comfy ride…hmmmm….