Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report magic wallets+27789444940 money spells sandton/king williams town/randburg
  2. 2 The ample component which you are going to
  3. 3 Tanzania - first trip - many questions.
  4. 4 Rental Car Rabat Airport
  5. 5 14-16 day visit to South Africa
  6. 6 experiences with African travel Resource
  7. 7 name issue
  8. 8 3 days in Jo'Burg
  9. 9 Madagascar suggestions
  10. 10 Travelling to Atlas mountains
  11. 11 Trip Report 3-part Zimbabwe: Join Wild Dog Researcher, Walk Mana Pools, Canoe Zambezi
  12. 12 First time in Southafrica - Suggested itinerary
  13. 13 Trip Report Seven day solo trip to Morocco
  14. 14 East Africa Travel Visa - Starting in Kenya
  15. 15 4 weeks in South Africa ideas
  16. 16 only private conservancies or can i add in a national park
  17. 17 Single traveler
  18. 18 Should I visit Vamizi Island again?
  19. 19 Liquids Restrictions - South Africa to Zimbabwe
  20. 20 Morocco & Spain with Kidos!
  21. 21 What company for gorilla trekking?
  22. 22 Trip Report My Magical Southern African Photography Safari: A Trip Report
  23. 23 morocco help please
  24. 24 3 adults in Dubai need a good hotel to share with privacy!
  25. 25 Botswana - Oct vs June
View next 25 » Back to the top

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

Jump to last reply

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<

19 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.