While taking to the skies in a Boeing 747 is akin to hopping on a bus to work for frequent flyers, for less-seasoned travellers jetting off can be a nerve-wracking experience that sets pulses racing for all the wrong reasons.
Now British Airways has come up with a solution that will help to put anxious flyers’ minds at rest. The airline is to launch a brand new instructional video for nervous flyers on its in-flight entertainment system on September 1.
Presented by British Airways pilot and course leader Captain Steve Allright, the film utilises information from BA’s one-day fear of flying programme – the “British Airways Flying with Confidence” course.
In the video, psychologists on the course share relaxation techniques as well as giving advice on how to deal with feelings of anxiety and panic.
If you’re feeling a little apprehensive about an upcoming flight, check out a preview clip of the video below ahead of its release on BA flights next month.
Captain Allright gives explanations on how an aircraft operates, the technical side of flying and any other areas that may be a cause of concern for passengers, such as turbulence.
“The British Airways Flying with Confidence course has helped more than 45,000 people over the past 25 years,” said Captain Allright, who regularly flies Boeing 747s.
“I really hope that we can reach, and help even more people with this video – whether they’re flying for business or for their holidays.”
Passengers will be able to watch the complete video on the British Airways Well Being channel, part of the range of options available on the airline’s in-flight entertainment system.
A 10 per cent discount on any British Airways flight, for up to nine people in any cabin class, will also be available to passengers who go on the British Airways Flying with Confidence” course.
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