Like treatment for most other phobias, we use cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as exposure therapy, where you work up a hierarchy — at the top is taking an actual flight.
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I use virtual reality therapy, which is very therapeutically supported. You basically put a person in a virtual environment to prepare them for the flight, and you, the clinician, can control the plane. You can make the pilot come on and talk about turbulence, turn on the fasten the seatbelt sign, navigate the airport, go to the terminal, walk down the tarmac, all of that. Research definitely supports the effectiveness of it.
Paul Hudson, president, FlyersRights. When you also have overcrowded planes, we think that may aggravate some of these conditions. During most of the history of aviation, planes used to have 50 to 60 percent of the seats vacant.
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What happened is they reduced the number of flights: It used to be that when flights got popular, airlines would simply add more flights. We think it could be useful for airlines to have programs to help people to overcome their anxieties. Most of us should be afraid.
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