Hi all you experts! I have just booked a flight for March and I must say it isn't even the end of Jan and I am petrified. I haven't flown in many many years due to my high anxiety level and fear of flying altogether. What makes it worse is by the time I will be flying out I have a 4 year old, will be her first time on a plane and I will be 6 months pregnant. This heightens my fears even moreso. I have never trusted the care of my daughter with anyone, and I guess surrendering control of not only my life, but hers as well into strangers hands has me so freaking nervous! I do apologize for sounding so darn silly! My sister is flying here to my state fly back out with me since she worries of me being preggo and with a toddler flying alone, however, she isn't the best at easing worries haha. Any helpful tips for this scared mom to maybe help deal with all of this a bit better? I am telling you guys, I am sweating and heart racing as we speak! I did not do Early check in since my sister bought her ticket seperate for us so we will wait until the 24 hr before to do the check in and hope we three get to sit together.
Hopefully my daughter and I get a comforting visit from the SW bear I saw floating around for another fearful flyer like myself. LOL! But seriously, how do you frequent flyers do it? Any advice helpful. Also parents, how do you manage keeping a toddler busy on a plane, especially a super curious one like mine?
Hello. You are not alone in being a fearful flyer. You'll be surrounded by caring Southwest employees. Be sure to let the gate attendant know of your fear. You probably will be able to talk with the pilot before the flight.
As I said at the start, lots of people are afraid of flying. They've come here in the past asking for advice. Rather than repeating the advice, here's a link to advice given to other people. It contains
information that will help you overcome your fear.
@TiaM85, you are not alone with fear. As a frequent flyer now but a nervous when I started, I tried to remember (1) how many flights full of passengers come and go through our skies every day. Surely these folks would not do this if it were terribly risky. (2) I also tried to remember how nervous I was when I started driving, but those worries eased off after more experience with it. Finally, distraction, not only for you, but your child. Hopefully, this will be the first of many safe flying experiences and it may become routine for you.
As @dfwskier said, let the gate agent and flight attendants know. I have only seen it once, but I was on a flight with a fearful passenger and the plane pulled out, then pulled back in and he got off. There were some callous and uncaring passengers making comments but the crew handled it well.
I believe that you can do it. Plan lots of things like sticker books and coloring books that you can do with your child on the flight. Take long walks in the terminal before boarding time to physically work off the nervousness, and deep controlled breaths while on the plane can help. Go get ‘em and help your child see the world from an angle that she has never before experienced. Look for swimming pools as they are usually recognizable to children.