A pair of fatal air crashes in recent days will do little to help people who fear flying, or may be on the fence about flying, from taking to the skies for their next trip.
“Travelers are worried and the fear of flying meter just elevated into the red,” April Masini, a relationship expert and author, told Sightseers’ Delight. “Anyone who thought, ‘I’m safe – it can’t happen anytime soon, since it happened yesterday,’ – should have skipped a heartbeat, when within 24 hours, an air taxi crashed in Alaska killing all ten passengers aboard.”
Ten people were killed Sunday when a small air taxi crashed at a municipal airport in Alaska. A day earlier in San Francisco, two people were killed and dozens injured when Asiana Airlines flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea, apparently clipped a seawall at the edge of the runway as it was about to land.
“Every time there’s a plane crash, it breaks through people’s denial about the risks of flying and makes them think twice about booking a flight,” Dr. Carole Lieberman, a psychiatrist and bestselling author, told Sightseers’ Delight. “It also makes them more frightened once they do fly again because the memory is still fresh.”
It’s hard to say with certainty how many people are afraid to fly. Some estimates indicate it could be as high as 40 percent of the flying public, but is probably lower.
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