If you're afraid of flying and watched reports on Saturday's plane crash in San Francisco, it may make your anxiety worse than before.
"When there's an accident, it becomes to be pretty hard to not be aware that when you fly there is some chance of disaster," said Capt. Tom Bunn, representative from the SOAR program at fearofflying.com.
Captain Tom Bunn works with the SOAR program. It's an online course which helps people face their fear of flying. He says it is something you can overcome. He said since 1982 thousands of people have gone through the course. One trick he said works over and over again is imagining the face of someone you love and slowly replace that image with a plane landing or taking off.
"What we want to ultimately do is set up the exercise to link every single thing that's going to happen on the flight to the face of the person who shuts down their fear system. That's how we control the feelings automatically," said Bunn.
He said people who have irrational fears of flying developed them automatically as young children. When images like a plane crash pop up it triggers an automatic response, that's why the cure is automatic as well.
"On the plane, you don't have absolute safety, you don't have control of the situation and you can't escape from it. That's why is really difficult for a person to deal with this anxiety consciously," Bunn said.
To learn more about the SOAR program click on the link embedded in this story labeled “SOAR program.”
Here's a couple of numbers that may give you perspective on how safe flying actually is for people. One online report claims the odds of dying in a plane crash are only one in 14 million. Compare that to someone dying in a car crash are just one in 23,000. So you're more likely to die on the way to the airport than you are in the plane itself.
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