Nervous flier tip: Make eye contact with the crew

“Xanax helps, but the MOST helpful advice I’ve received was to make eye contact and say hello firmly to the crew members (and pilot/co-pilot if possible). Making eye contact with someone who is responsible for your safety somehow conveys confidence in me. I was told by a pilot deadheading and sitting next to me one time that pilots and crew are very aware and very compassionate about fearful flyers and often make themselves available to greet passengers for that reason. I recall seeing pilots greeting passengers at the cabin door every flight I took right after 9/11 and he said that was exactly why. Now, whenever I board, I make sure to say hello to every member of the crew I see. It really helps. I also thank them profusely as I leave after a safe landing!” –shared by Fodor’s member marysmommy

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