The Fearless Flyer: How to Fly in Comfort and Without Trepidation

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"Highly readable and well-organized, this is a dandy little travel advisor. If followed, their suggestions will make flying a better experience even for experienced fliers."--Booklist "Huffaker is an expert at wresting every morsel of available comfort from the cramped, noisy cabins of jumbo jets. Hartman, who specializes in treating anxiety, has given us a wonderfully simple and effective way to overcome fear of flying."--San Francisco Examiner
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Overview


"Highly readable and well-organized, this is a dandy little travel advisor. If followed, their suggestions will make flying a better experience even for experienced fliers."--Booklist "Huffaker is an expert at wresting every morsel of available comfort from the cramped, noisy cabins of jumbo jets. Hartman, who specializes in treating anxiety, has given us a wonderfully simple and effective way to overcome fear of flying."--San Francisco Examiner
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780933377332
  • Publisher: The Eighth Mountain Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,006,918
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Use this Book 13
1 Fear and Control: Letting Go 17
2 Fear of Flying 19
3 How to Focus Your Mind's Eye to Reduce Anxiety 21
Guided Imagery 21
Learning the Technique 22
Active and Passive Relaxation 30
Finding the Right Fantasy 32
Rehearsing a Relaxed Flight 38
The Day of Your Flight 46
4 Knowledge Is Power 47
How the Plane Stays in the Air 47
Weather and Turbulence 51
How U.S. Planes Are Regulated for Safety 53
Inflight Sights, Sounds, and Vibrations 58
5 If You're Still Having a Hard Time 62
Desensitization 62
Therapy 63
Fearful Flyer Programs 63
6 Schedule to Avoid Delays 67
Air Traffic Patterns 67
Crossing Time Zones 68
Flight Classification: Connecting, Nonstop, Direct 69
7 The ABCs of Seat Selection and Boarding Passes 71
Which Seat Is Best? 71
Boarding Passes 79
8 Strategies for Eating Well 81
Ordering Special Meals 82
Brown Bagging 83
9 Manage Luggage Like an Expert 87
Checking Your Luggage 87
Traveling with Carry-ons 90
Choosing Luggage for Comfort 92
Dealing with Damaged, Late, or Lost Luggage 94
10 The Advantages of Arriving Early 98
11 Navigate Security Checkpoints with Ease 100
Film 102
Computer Equipment 102
12 How to Cope with Changes in Air Pressure 103
Ear Pain and Popping 103
Swollen Feet 106
Sluggish Digestion 106
Scheduling Dental Work 107
Attention, Divers! 107
13 The Truth about the Air up There 108
Breathing in a Crowded Space 108
Breathing Desert Air 110
Coping with Smoking 113
Managing Volatile the Temperatures 114
14 Avoid Backaches 116
Posture 116
Stretching and Circulation 120
15 Escape Noise 122
Earplugs 122
Headphones 123
16 Sleep Soundly 124
Getting Comfortable 124
Blocking Light and Sound 126
Safeguarding Your Sanctity 127
17 Prevent Motion Sickness 128
A Clash of the Senses 128
Staying Comfortable 129
Medication Options 131
Airbag Etiquette 133
18 How to Deal with Difficult Passengers 134
Employing Social Cues 134
Speaking Your Mind 136
If You're Sitting Near Children 136
19 Fly Defensively 138
20 Know Your Rights 141
Delays 142
Cancellations 143
Overbooking 144
21 Make the Most of Your Layovers 147
Stashing the Heavies 147
Sleuthing Airport Conveniences 148
Conducting Business 152
22 Avoid Jet Lag 154
Your Body's Internal Clock 154
Tips for Easier Adjustment 155
Method I: Signaling with Melatonin 156
Method II: The Anti-Jet Lag Diet 157
Anxiety and Attitude 159
A Departing Note 161
Appendix A: Additional Information for Flyers 163
Appendix B: Sources for Flight Books and Accessories 179
Appendix C: Consumer Flying Publications 183
Index 185
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    easy way to better flying

    This is a very well rounded general book for the nervous flyer -- of which I am one. It is reassuring and knowledgeable. The part that deals with the fear itself is extremely helpful. And the practical hints are handy tool. I have gone back to Hartman's soothing voice many times and have become a much more confident and relaxed traveler as a result. I recommend it.

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