I’m a terrible flyer. Even though I know logically that it’s the safest way to travel, for some reason, it still makes me nervous. Could it be that darn episode of the Twilight Zone I saw so many years ago? With William Shatner being terrorized by a gremlin on the wing of the plane? I don’t know. Either way, flying in planes (or even worse — helicopters — never again!) is not my idea of a good time.
I think the thing I fear most is loss of control. For instance, when I fly, I’m not afraid of terrorists at all. In fact, I actually think the adrenaline my body creates while flying could be used to overpower any crazy bazooka-wielding madman if he was dumb enough to cross me on a flight. I get so amped up when I fly that I literally could probably toss a 270-pound man through the emergency exit door with my bare hands. I think what scares me is the fact that I am not in the cockpit peering over the pilot’s shoulder. I hate that you just sit there, rocketing through space at 400 mph and have no way to exit the plane or control its motion.
ANYWHO, tonight, coincidentally, after I was looking around at flights for a winter vacation, I stumbled upon a phenomenal website: AskthePilot.com. It’s a godsend! It has all my questions answered right there and addresses all my irrational fears of taking to the sky. The guy who writes it is funny and normal and addresses every crazy scenario any phobic-flyer could come up with. Now if only he could be my personal travel assistant!