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The Fearless Flyer: How to Fly in Comfort and Without Trepidation by Cherry Hartman, Julie Sheldon Huffaker, Nancy Coffelt (Illustrator)

How to Use this Book 13 1 Fear and Control: Letting Go 17 2 Fear of Flying 19 3 How to Focus Your Mind's Eye to Reduce Anxiety 21 Guided Imagery 21 Learning the Technique 22 Active and Passive Relaxation 30 Finding the Right Fantasy 32 Rehearsing a Relaxed Flight 38 The Day of Your Flight 46 4 Knowledge Is Power 47 How the Plane Stays in the Air 47 Weather and Turbulence 51 How U.S. Planes Are Regulated for Safety 53 Inflight Sights, Sounds, and Vibrations 58 5 If You're Still Having a Hard Time 62 Desensitization 62 Therapy 63 Fearful Flyer Programs 63 6 Schedule to Avoid Delays 67 Air Traffic Patterns 67 Crossing Time Zones 68 Flight Classification: Connecting, Nonstop, Direct 69 7 The ABCs of Seat Selection and Boarding Passes 71 Which Seat Is Best? 71 Boarding Passes 79 8 Strategies for Eating Well 81 Ordering Special Meals 82 Brown Bagging 83 9 Manage Luggage Like an Expert 87 Checking Your Luggage 87 Traveling with Carry-ons 90 Choosing Luggage for Comfort 92 Dealing with Damaged, Late, or Lost Luggage 94 10 The Advantages of Arriving Early 98 11 Navigate Security Checkpoints with Ease 100 Film 102 Computer Equipment 102 12 How to Cope with Changes in Air Pressure 103 Ear Pain and Popping 103 Swollen Feet 106 Sluggish Digestion 106 Scheduling Dental Work 107 Attention, Divers! 107 13 The Truth about the Air up There 108 Breathing in a Crowded Space 108 Breathing Desert Air 110 Coping with Smoking 113 Managing Volatile the Temperatures 114 14 Avoid Backaches 116 Posture 116 Stretching and Circulation 120 15 Escape Noise 122 Earplugs 122 Headphones 123 16 Sleep Soundly 124 Getting Comfortable 124 Blocking Light and Sound 126 Safeguarding Your Sanctity 127 17 Prevent Motion Sickness 128 A Clash of the Senses 128 Staying Comfortable 129 Medication Options 131 Airbag Etiquette 133 18 How to Deal with Difficult Passengers 134 Employing Social Cues 134 Speaking Your Mind 136 If You're Sitting Near Children 136 19 Fly Defensively 138 20 Know Your Rights 141 Delays 142 Cancellations 143 Overbooking 144 21 Make the Most of Your Layovers 147 Stashing the Heavies 147 Sleuthing Airport Conveniences 148 Conducting Business 152 22 Avoid Jet Lag 154 Your Body's Internal Clock 154 Tips for Easier Adjustment 155 Method I: Signaling with Melatonin 156 Method II: The Anti-Jet Lag Diet 157 Anxiety and Attitude 159 A Departing Note 161 Appendix A: Additional Information for Flyers 163 Appendix B: Sources for Flight Books and Accessories 179 Appendix C: Consumer Flying Publications 183 Index 185

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