When there is an airline accident nearby, that protection goes out the window. Not only does it shatter the illusion, but people become traumatized when they think, "what was it like for the people on the plane." When they link the worst imaginable feelings to the crash, they may become unable to fly for fear they, themselves, will experience unimaginable feelings.
As a licensed therapist and an airline captain, I worked as a volunteer with airline employees who viewed the collapse of the World Trade Towers on television. I also worked with private practice clients who escaped from the buildings and saw them crash first-hand. Amazingly, the clients who were in the WTC when the planes hit were far less traumatized than the airline employees who watched events unfold on television and imagined what people in the WTC were feeling. imagination of what the victim "must have felt" is likely to far exceed what the victim experienced.
When an accident takes place, little is known. The media fabricates one terrifying scenario after another. Following an accident, some fear of flying clients say, "What happened on that flight was my worst nightmare." They say this long before anyone actually knows what happened. The "worst nightmare" is a protection of the client's imagination based.
If you have become unable to fly, the distress that keeps you from flying can be alleviated. SOAR has been helping people overcome fear of flying since 1982. Our unmatched success is based on a two-step process. First we teach you how flyhing works, why it is safe, and the psychology of aeroanxiety. Then one-to-one counseling establishes automatic control of feeling for when you are flying.