Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fear of Flying

I watched the movie Gran Prix recently and was struck by what the Yves Montand character said about the fear involved in auto racing.

He said: 
"I think if any of us imagined - really imagined - what it would be like to go into a tree at 150 miles per hour we would probably never get into the cars at all, none of us. So it has always seemed to me that to do something very dangerous requires a certain absence of imagination."

Exactly.  When I fly I'm meticulously considering every tragic possibility that my mind can come up with... From the cabin suddenly filling with flames... To a crack forming  in the fuselage that spreads until the aircraft buckles into itself.   Friendly skies... I think not.

I'm the same way with elevators.  I imagine that in the split second I board or get off... the cable snaps and catches me half on and half off... And I'm cut clean in half.   (That's not how I wish to go.)  So I fly in... And leap out... And probably look ridiculous.

But a commercial jet's seat for me is like the dentist's chair... Sitting there expecting the pain at any moment. 

Now I know that getting into a Formula One race car and driving 200 miles per hour has a different risk level than flying in a commercial aircraft... But that doesn't help me. 

I think Valium would help me.



Grammy said...

I now have about 1.75 million miles in commercial aircrafts under my belt and every flight gives me the creeps. What am I thinking going 5 miles up in the air in something that weighs many tons and has a gazillion citical parts??? What could go wrong? I've only had a few in-flight issues that forced an unscheduled landing and all were fully controlled. But still...I many times can I get away with this? Here's an interesting viewpoint:

That's how many flights are in the air at the moment. Great - now you have to wonder why they don't run into each other. I like red wine.

Malott said...

Grammy, you are one of the most imaginative individuals I have ever known, so I am not surprised at your thinking on this matter.
I checked out your website... Siberia and most of Africa looks safe.