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Some bore obvious fruit — I even got rid of some of the jarring effects of a true near-disaster I experienced in a small plane.Still, nothing convinced me I was ready to really step over the threshold from jetway to actual jet.For me, the final push onto the Airbus came courtesy of Tom Bunn, former airline captain, psychologist, and head of the SOAR fear of flying program.Bunn has spent 30-plus years trying to develop the best possible method of treatment for flying phobia.Even virtual reality exposure is just that — virtual. You can talk for years about how it feels to commit yourself to an airborne metal tube, wax eloquent about the tsunami of terror evoked by the shutting of the boarding door.
Using your portable device, Capt Tom can coach you through your flight and show you what is happening in the cockpit.
Yet European airlines were not prepared for what happened on Germanwings Flight 9525.
In the United States, when a pilot needs to leave the cockpit, a flight attendant is called in.
If you’ve been particularly traumatized by an airborne experience, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprogramming) is an oft-recommended treatment methodology.
A lot of folks have reported success with the method in dealing with such tough-to-address matters as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
If you’re afraid of, say, heights, you can take advantage of exposure-based therapy, in which you expose yourself to ever-increasing heights.