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Here's Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid Of Flying.

Most recently, the world of basketball received tragic news in the form of Kobe Bryant's death, who died in an unfortunate helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, and seven other passengers last Sunday in Calabasas, California. ( Bryant was 41 and was reportedly on his way to watch a basketball game.

Upon hearing the news, fans and friends immediately took the social media to pay their respects and remember the basketball legend who passed before his time. The NBA match that happened the same day were also given 30 minutes to mourn before the game started.

For anyone who's felt a fear of flying before, the tragic news might trigger back the phobia but science says there is no reason for that, as unfortunate as the accident might be.

Fear of Flying

For one thing, the chance of dying in a plane crash in the U.S. is one in 13 million, while the chance of dying in a transportation-related accident is one in only 6,800. If you also fly 500 miles every day for a year, you have a fatality risk of one in 85,000. This means that ( flying is actually the safest mode of transit. In fact, from the years 2000 to 2009, an average of 548 Americans died each year in aviation-related accidents, 85 percent of which occurred in private plane accidents.

Then again, logic, statistics and numbers don't make phobias go away, especially when you're at your seat and you hear the pilot announce that you're taking off.

Thankfully, there are solutions that you can try to help ease off that fear, and they don't necessarily require medication. This includes trying non-medicinal relaxation, meditating, sleeping, slow breathing or keeping yourself occupied while the flight is going on. However, it can be challenging to relax while in an airplane for others. Luckily, airlines are starting to offer permanent fixes. One example is Air France, which actually offers airline-sponsored workshops that help passengers conquer their fear of flying through various means, including a life-like simulator.

So while it may seem crazy, flying is actually relatively safe.

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Author:Jan Cortes
Publication:Medical Daily
Date:Jan 28, 2020
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