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How safe is flying?

FlyingFear and anxiety relating to flying can really restrict your choice of travel destinations and even make your holiday unenjoyable. Aviophobia affects up to 50% of people in some way, whether it be just mild or to the point of refusing to ever step foot on a plane.

At Questor Insurance we know some people only tolerate flying while imagining every unwanted negative situation which could occur. That’s why we have done some research to find out just how safe you really are when stepping on to a plane and ways of which to help reduce your stress and worries.

How safe is flying?

With improving technology and flights now being part of many people’s everyday lives, flying is still one of the safest methods to travel. Take a look below at some flying safety facts:

  • Many pilots go their entire career without having even a small engine malfunction
  • If a plane is hit by lightning it will simply pass through the plane causing no harm
  • Extensive checks take place to ensure no weapons are brought on to a plane
  • Planes can travel safely to its destination even after one engine failing
  • Every plane has 4 systems as a backup in the event of an emergency
  • Aircrafts have to be renewed every 4-5 years

Source: http://www.gogetterjetsetter.com/how-safe-is-flying.php

To put it in to perspective take a look at the below odds on how likely you are to meet your end by each method:

  • 11,000,000 to 1 plane crash
  • 10,000,000 to 1 being hit by lightning
  • 2,000,000 to 1 falling out of bed!
  • 685,000 to 1 drowning in the bath
  • 500,000 to 1 train crash
  • 8,000 to 1 car crash

Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/scientists-calculate-odd-ways-die-282884

Hints and tips to conquer you’re flying fears:

  • Choose flights without a stopover, this will limited the number of time you have to take off and land
  • Choose larger aircrafts
  • To reassure yourself familiarise yourself with all the emergency exits
  • Always follow the instructions of the flight attendants
  • Reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol which both increase anxiety
  • Bring some activities to do in your hand luggage, perhaps a book or a crossword
  • Hypnosis
  • Join a class specifically for reducing flight fears
  • Relaxations and breathing techniques

Think positive thoughts (especially of your fantastic holiday when you land)!

 If you are still experiencing anxiety and fear when flying it may be beneficial for you to visit your doctor who may prescribe medication to reduce anxiety.

Don’t forget if you are jetting off in to the sunset reduce your worries by making sure you have comprehensive holiday insurance, for more information on our products visit our website here or call us on 0333 323 0090. If you have any extra stress free flying tips tweet us at @questorIns

Sources: http://www.livestrong.com/article/166702-fear-of-flying-tips/ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/safe-fly-everything-you-need-4889191 http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/scientists-calculate-odd-ways-die-282884 http://www.gogetterjetsetter.com/how-safe-is-flying.phphttp://www.gogetterjetsetter.com/how-safe-is-flying.php

Date Created: 30 March 2015 by Kim Coppins

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