Understanding the fear of flyingWhat is the name of the fear of flying?The phobia of flying is called aviophobia, or alternatively aerodromophobia. These two terms are synonymous: they refer both to the fear of flying and to the phobia felt at the mention of air travel. The term aerophobia is sometimes mistakenly used to describe fear of flying. This is a misnomer: aerophobia actually refers to a fear of fresh air or wind.Where does it come from?Like some phobias, it's a composite fear. Its origins vary greatly from one individual to another, making it impossible to establish a common diagnosis. The phobia or fear of flying is triggered by the situation of flying, but in reality it involves other fears or phobias. These are associated disorders activated by the situation of a flight in the cabin.Some disorders associated with fear of flyingClaustrophobiaAquaphobia (when flying over water)Social fearsAgoraphobia (particularly the fear of not being able to escape)Acrophobia (fear of heights)Astraphobia (fear of lightning) and brontophobia (fear of thunder)Cumulophobia (fear of clouds)Emetophobia (fear of vomiting)Irrational fearsProblems with loss of controlFear of deathSometimes, a slight fear of flying is fueled by exposure to disaster movies or a high level of receptiveness to information about air accidents. In other cases, a bad experience during a flight can be the starting point for irrational anxiety: turbulence, a delay on the tarmac deemed abnormal and therefore worrying, a turbulent take-off, a thunderstorm... The passenger will then extrapolate by supplementing the unknown data with erroneous beliefs. What is in fact a trivial, controlled event becomes a cause for fear and anxiety. Finally, in rare cases, fear of flying is linked to physiological malfunctions that occur during air travel. These may be linked to physiological problems that are independent of air travel. Answering a fear of flying questionnaire or consulting a therapist may be necessary to establish a diagnosis. More than any other phobia, the fear of flying is different for each individual. Identifying the origin of your anxiety is fundamental to understanding it and overcoming it, so that one day you'll no longer be afraid of flying!