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HELP! Flying from LAX to Cape Town, SA: I'm CLAUSTROPHOBIC

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Have you flown from Los Angeles (LAX) or San Diego to Cape Town, South Africa? PLEASE HELP ME! I'm a nervous flyer due to claustrophobia.:( I also get stiff from sitting too long due to hip issues.

But I have agreed to fly to South Africa with my husband for the very first time! Please advise me! We usually sit in the economy seats, but for this trip I'd like to upgrade to business seats. Have never done that before.

I think in my case, it would be better to fly from LAX or San Diego to Paris, London or Frankfurt in Europe for a 2-night stop; then fly on to Cape Town. Which airline can you recommend?

Is there a better plan for me?

The longest flight I have ever taken is from LAX to New Zealand...about 12 hours. That was challenging, but the entertainment system with all the movies helped because it was distracting. Also that was before I had any problems with hip stiffness.

But South Africa is much further! Please advise. We are flying into and out of Cape Town.

By the way we live in San Diego, but the flights out of LAX are often better so we sometimes rent a car, drive up to LAX, and fly out of the LAX airport. But that adds more time to the total travel time.

I also do better with nonstop flights, assuming they are comfortable and not overly long.

Having wider seats with legroom would help with the claustrophobia I think. An aisle seat helps too. I also tend to get claustrophobic in the airport while waiting in security lines, the whole deal.

Once I arrive I usually have an amazing time! >:D<

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