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4 Apps to Help Combat Flying Fears

Allay those pre-flight jitters with an arsenal of apps geared to soothe even the most nervous nellies.

By Veronica Inveen

Jan 6, 2018

Am I Going Down?

The answer: no, probably not. Need proof? This app presents you with the cold, hard facts. Enter your journey details and this flight-risk calculator will provide you with the statistical likelihood of something catastrophic happening onboard based on the plane model, airline and departure and arrival ports. For example, it could tell you that your flight from Singapore to Sydney on an Airbus A330 via Qantas Airlines has a one in 5,308,023 chance of crashing and if you took the flight every day you’d expect to last 15,542 years before you went down. The odds are definitely in your favor. vanillapixel.com/amigoingdown.html; iOS.

SOAR

Former U.S. Air Force captain and neurolinguist Tom Bunn founded fearofflying.com as a catch-all community for those who dread plane travel, offering stats, soothing words, exercises and even one-on-one therapy. His offshoot app SOAR, which is an acronym of Seminars on Aeroanxiety Relief, channels his expertise into an on-the-go fear-reliever. Along with a plethora of flight knowledge, such the sounds you should expect to hear throughout your ride, the app also comes equipped with a letter written by Bunn himself, which asks captains to meet anxious passengers. The hope is that seeing the person behind the mysterious mechanical voice controlling your destiny might help you recline a bit better in your seat. fearofflying.com; iOS and Android.

Turbcast

Perhaps the scariest part about turbulence is not knowing what is making the 400-tonne metal tube you’re in shake so vigorously. This app educates you about the causes of turbulence—changing wind speeds, thermal currents, and thunderstorms among them— and offers the reassurance that most airborne disturbances are harmless. It also forecasts the turbulence on specific routes so you’ll be prepared. fearofflyingapps.com; iOS.

Headspace

If you start feeling anxious mid-air, this app will help you meditate through the jitters. The mindfulness sessions, narrated by founder Andy Puddicombe, are designed to teach you to observe your thoughts without identifying with them so strongly. Any of the sessions, which range from 10 to 60 minutes, are likely to put you in a more Zen mindset, but the fear-of-flying package is tailored to helping you stay centered during flights. So breathe in, breathe out, and loosen that white-knuckle grip on the armrest. You’ll be at your destination in no time. headspace.com; iOS and Android; 10 downloads are free but the fear-of-flying package requires a subscription, which costs US$6–$13 per month

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