What You Can Learn From First-Time Air Travelers
Do you remember your first time?
The sweaty palms. The racing heart. And the paralyzing fear: What if something goes wrong?
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I don't remember my first time; I was just a toddler. But I recently sat next to a virgin on a trip from
But as I tried to carry on a conversation in the English language (Me: "There's really nothing to be afraid of." Him: "Yah! I'm OK. OK?") I wondered if there was something to be learned from a first-timer. Roughly 1 in 10 Americans suffer from aerophobia, or fear of flying, although it's not clear how many of them have never darkened the cabin door of an aircraft. Few Americans have the resources of sportscaster
Incidentally, it isn't just fear that's keeping many of us away from a plane, but common sense. Flying has become such an unbelievably humiliating experience, it's no wonder there are still people out there who haven't flown. If anything, I'm amazed there aren't more of them out there.
Can these "never-evers" teach you anything? I think so.
1. Is air travel great, or what?
Here's something we experienced air travelers tend to forget: When you take a moment to think about it, flying is really cool.
2. Expect the unexpected.
You never know when you're going to sit next to a first-timer. Or what they'll do.
3. Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.
You think your first flight was awful? Talk to
4. Pack your sense of humor.
5. There's hope for the future.
Air travel wasn't always such a difficult experience.
What can we learn from those who have never flown? That air travel is an amazing, random, funny, life-affirming and hopeful experience. And a musical one, too.
"I somewhat jokingly asked if she'd like for me to sing her a song as well, to which she replied 'Yes, please! Anything to distract me!' So I obliged and sang 'Goodbye to Love' and 'Superstar' by The Carpenters the entire time we were in the air. As we touched down, she said thank you, released her grip, and we went our separate ways."
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