Most of us have heard about the two Boeing 737 Max 8 jets that crashed, killing all passengers. The most recent happened Sunday. With the story receiving so much publicity, it can give travelers anxiety.
Our Malique Rankin sat down with a psychologist today who made a great point. We don't have news stories about every plane that lands safely. So when one crashes, it’s a big story, and it seems much more likely to occur than it really is.
Dr. Tara Feil with CHI St. Alexius says the first thing you should do is pinpoint your fears. Determining if it's the turbulence or the confined space can help you learn how to cope. Feil says to also ask your flight attendants any questions that may help you feel more comfortable.
Dr. Tara Feil; Clinical Psychologist: "I would highly recommend coming up with a few healthy distractions for the flight. Finding an app that contains some breathing or relaxation exercises on your phone can be a great go-to. Finding a game or calming music to listen to while you're can be a great go-to as well."
There are a lot of things that are more likely to happen to you than being in a plane crash.
- The odds of being in a plane crash are 1 in 11 million.
- You're more likely to become President of the United States (1 in 10 million).
- More likely to get killed by a bear at Yellowstone national park (1 in 2.1 million).
- More likely to write a New York Times Best Seller (1 in 220).
- And more likely to win an Olympic gold medal (1 in 662,000).
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