Fear of Flying? Some say yes after recent accidents

By Laurie Bernstein - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - First it was U.S. Airways Flight 1549 that landed in the Hudson River, then came the fiery crash of Continental 3407 outside of Buffalo.

The 50 lives lost Thursday night are making some think twice about air travel.

"I'm not a big airplane flyer, whereas now, it definitely makes me say no," said Columbus Resident Frances Griffin.

Jennifer Huckaby, who also lives in Columbus, admits to having a fear of flying even before hearing about the devastating crash.

"I think it's the total lack of control. At least when I'm in my car, I feel like I have control even though I don't," said Huckaby.

Psychologist Gerald Edmonds of the Pastoral Institute treats many patients like Jennifer, and he says that lack of control is the most common root cause of a fear of flying.

"They've put themselves in the hands of strangers, where a potentially life threatening event could occur," said Dr. Edmonds.

Edmonds says its completely normal for people who don't usually fear flying to be a little reluctant to get back on a plane after Thursday's crash.

"If they anticipate they're going to be flying in the near future, and are aware of these events, they may begin to think, 'It might happen to me,'" said Edmonds.

According to Edmonds, the best way to get over your fear is to just talk it out.

For some, there is just no cure.

"I definitely won't be going on any airplane flights anytime soon, maybe not ever," said Griffin.