Why am I afraid of flying



  • 1 A previous bad experience

    Some people can develop a phobia of flying due to going through a bad flying experience in the past.  

  • 2 You are claustrophobic

    People who are claustrophobic (have a fear of closed places) might feel uneasy when they board a plane due its being tight and small. 

  • 3 You experience panic attacks

    Some people who have a fear of flying get panic attacks when they get on a plane, which makes the experience even worse for them. 

  • 4 Hearing about bad events

    People who hear about bad events in the media such as plane crashes and airplanes going missing generates fear in them and makes them not want to get on an airplane again. 

  • 5 Due to September 11

    Some people began to fear flying after the September 11 terrorist attack that involved a plane crashing into a building. 

  • 6 You like being in control

    Some people fear flying as they no longer have control over their lives when they are in the air. 

  • 7 Events unrelated to flying

    In some cases, people develop a fear of flying when they board a plane right after going through a bad experience than is unrelated to flying such as losing a job or being assaulted. In this case, their fear of flying is induced by external factors. 

  • 8 Fear of heights

    Some people develop a fear of flying as they originally have a fear of heights (acrophobia). See also Why am I afraid of heights

  • 9 Fear of motion sickness

    Some people dislike experiencing motion sickness and having to vomit on the plane, which makes for an unpleasant situation. 

  • 10 Fear of hijacking

    Some people are afraid of flying as they have a fear of the plane being hijacked and being subjected to danger. 

  • 11 Losing someone close in a plane crash

    If a person previously lost a close person or family member in a plane crash, they may develop a fear of flying as a result.

  • 12 Due to the depiction of plane crashes in movies

    Hollywood has been producing movies about plane crashes for a long time, which can make a person develop a fear of flying. 

  • 13 Fear of losing control

    People who fear to lose control might develop the fear of flying. In such a case the person not be able to unconsciously accept the idea that someone else is driving the plane they are on.