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AN ODD TRANSPORT PROBLEM

MY 72 YEARS AUNTY IS VERY VERY SCARED OF BOARDING AN AIRCRAFT AFTER SHE ESCAPED HER LIFE FROM A SMALL AIR CRASH WHEN SHE WAS 26 YEARS OLD. HER SON STAYS IN U.K. FOR LAST 23 YEARS WHERE SHE NEVER VISITED OUT OF HER FEAR OF FLYING. SHE DOES NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH SHIP.

CAN ANYBODY HELP ME OUT TO INFORM ME WHETHER THERE IS ANY SHIP ROUTE OR SHIP ROUTE COMBINED WITH BUS AND TRAIN ROUTE FROM INDIA TO U.K. IS THERE ANY WEB SITE WHICH MAY HELP ME IN THIS MATTER.

  • SWARJIT
Posted by
582 posts

I can't stand the idea to use drugs to mask a problem.
She is not too old to overcome a problem with talk therapy, but that could take some time.
The poster asked about taking a ship. I do have a suggestion.
Rick loves India, and if you email him or his staff, I bet they can answer your question. Just click on "contact us" they are great at answering questions.
If Rick doesn't know, then I'm sure he or his staff will suggest where to find out about taking a ship. They have many resources.
Good luck Swarjit!

Posted by
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I'm a psychologist and have many clients and relatives with a fear of flying. I suggest you get a physician to prescribe Xanex (a benzodiazapine) and start her on the pills the day before so that the anxiety doesn't kick in. The meds start working in a half an hour, peak at 4 hours and remain in the system for 2 more hours or so. I dose my family members on every flight with the doctors schedule, every 4 hours the day of the flight, tapering off toward the end. Xanex and other benzodiazapines have a reputation for being addicting, but they are really only ever misused by alcoholics, and a person would never be addicted after only a few days of use anyway.
An alternative, especially since she is 72 years old, is a beta-blocker blood pressure pill, which stops the panic from affecting the body. Ask a doctor.
Safest alternative is a fear-of-flying class given by an airline at an airport near you, also hypnosis is a good safe alternative.

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808 posts

Many Health Care Providers are pro-medication. Sometimes that is perhaps necessary. It's the abuse of these medications which causes concern.

Countless passengers seem in favor of over sedating themselves, beyond the prescribed dose. And sometimes even in combination with alcohol, putting themselves and others at risk.

Inflight emergencies can happen. Over-sedating or over-medicating can and will impair your ability to evacuate successfully. That is a proven fact. So if you must use medications, please follow the directions carefully. I ask this not only as an Incharge Flight Attendant responsible for your safety but as a Medical First Responder EMT, as well.

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2779 posts

Swarjit, if there is a way you can cross the border into China on a land way (I'm not sure if you can given the pretty high mountain range) your issue is solved as from China and Russia there are train connections to Moskow and Berlin. From Berlin she can take the train to Brussels and then the Eurostar to London. It's certainly easier and faster than by ship.

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I am 64 and tho I've not had any scary experiences with flying, it has always been very, very hard for me to get on a plane. The last several years, I've had anxiety attacks 2-3 days before a flight. My doc gave me pills (I can't remember the name), told me to take 2 on the flight to anywhere, and the other 2 on the way home. I REALLY didn't want to resort to drugs to solve this problem.
My daughter told me about an EFT procedure that she learned. (Emotional Freedom Technique)
She did it on me just before we flew from Seattle to Amsterdam and it worked like a charm--NO anxiety at all!!
I have since learned how to do it to myself (takes about 3 min. to do), and have used it before dental appts, etc., and also before a long flight from Seattle to Florida last month--again, absolutely no panic, anxiety, etc. It was wonderful!
It's also called 'tapping'. It seems a little strange when you first do it, but hey, whatever works!
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Good luck with whatever you choose