Christopher Paul Jones, ‘The Breakthrough Expert’, shot to fame after curing a woman’s flying phobia in under seven minutes. Here, he debunks the myths that fuel your fear.
So, you’ve always dreamt of travelling to Africa. You’ve pinpointed your perfect location(s), you have a budget and your passport and you know which jabs you need. So, what’s stopping you? You are afraid of flying! If you are one of the millions of people with a flying phobia, perhaps now is the time to address it, so you can have that dream holiday you’ve always wanted.
Let’s start by looking at the misconceptions, or myths, that people have about flying and set them straight:
Myth 1: Flying = danger
The odds of you being involved in an accident when flying is actually only 1 in 11 million, which might make you question why you are scared in the first place.
Myth 2: If an aeroplane crashes it’s over
Here’s a fact for you: you have a 95.7 per cent chance of walking away from a plane crash. This changes the preconception that driving is safer just because you can walk away from a car crash.
Myth 3: But aeroplane crashes DO happen
Of course they do, but if you are going to use this junk logic then you would need to worry about driving 220 times more than you would flying. The chances of dying in your sleep are also five times that of flying!
Myth 4: The airline companies aren’t affected if we crash
Actually, the plane itself is worth around £100 million. The compensation an airline company would need to pay out would also cost millions.
Myth 5: Turbulence is dangerous
Fact: turbulence does not increase the odds of an aircraft accident. The worst you can expect from a bout of turbulence is spilling your in-flight refreshments.
Myth 6: If an engine fails, the plane will fall from the sky
Fact: a plane is simply a big glider and planes can be flown and landed without an engine. Your pilot will have gone through rigorous training to land this big glider.
Myth 7: Lightning can bring down a plane
Fact: no modern plane has been brought down by lightning and modern planes are designed to withstand a lightning strike.
Myth 8: The wing of the plane might fall off
Highly unlikely, actually. Wings are stress tested before a plane is ever allowed to take flight. Boeing conducts a ‘wing flex test’ that has the wings of a Boeing 787 flexed upwards by approximately 25ft, proving that plane wings can handle up to 150 per cent of the most extreme eventualities.
Myth 9: Worrying keeps me in control
You cannot control everything and trying to do so creates stress. One in every 2.5 people have a heart attack because of stress and worry – far more than those who die while flying.
Myth 10: Plane crashes happen a lot – I keep seeing it on the news
You see them on the news because they are so rare that when they do happen they make the front page.
Once you look at a flying phobia in a rational way, and think about these facts and figures, you realise that most of what we believe can be attributed to myth.
Christopher Paul Jones, aka The Breakthrough Expert, is a therapist based in Harley Street who specialises in helping people let go of their fears, anxieties and even their phobias. He even cured his own morbid fear of flying – to the extent he was able to take a sightseeing flight through the Pyrenees, strapped to the outside of a helicopter! For more information, click here.