Some believe that a fear of flying is a distinct phobia unrelated to anything else. Others believe that this phobia is actually a combination of other phobia such as a fear of heights, known as acrophobia, or a fear of enclosed spaces, known as claustrophobia. Some have suggested that a fear of flying is linked to agoraphobia in which one is afraid of open spaces, such as can be found in the bright, blue skies. Fear of flying is a symptom of a problem, rather than a problem itself. There are many different causes for a fear of flying also.
No matter which type of phobia it is, one in six are so afraid that they refuse to fly. Among those who fly on a regular basis, one in five need alcohol or prescription medication to help them do so. A fear of heights or enclosed spaces can be a problem as both are a part of flying. The same is true if one has a fear of open spaces. Not all start out afraid of flying though. Many develop this fear after a bad experience on an airplane. This may have been due to a mechanical problem with a plane while they were flying, severe turbulence or something that happened in-flight.
One can learn to cope with a fear of flying. A three-pronged treatment approach works best in this case. First, one should learn about the mechanics of flying from trusted sources. The more you know, the less you have to worry about. Ask about flight noises, controlled airspace and how weather will affect the aircraft. Next, one should also learn about anxiety and panic. When one experiences symptoms of either, it can be very disturbing. Reduce panic and anxiety by learning more about them and how they affect you. Finally, one should gradually expose themselves to aircraft and airports. Take this process slowly until anxiety levels are reduced and eventually you will be able to fly without fear. Once you are comfortable with flying, the world is at your doorstep.