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My honey and I are flying from CA to MO in a week and I'm already starting to panic about flying.  I'm terrified to fly and usually get drunk to manage, but his family (who we're visiting) is picking us up at the airport.  I don't want to make an ass in front of my future in-laws.  I see my pdoc tomorrow, and I wish so badly that he'd prescribe me something to ease my anxiety, but he won't because I drink.  I guess get drunk it'll be.  FUCK!!  I'm still going to beg him for something just to tie me over for the flights out and back.  4 flights in all with the layovers.  I HATE this panic and it's only getting worse.  UGH.

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Even people without MI freak out over flying. That's why the bars exist behind security. If you do drink, don't get so drunk that they refuse to seat you on the airplane.

I wish I had some advice for you. I'm nervous too on airplanes, but only during take off and landings. Just realize that there are thousands of take-offs and landings every day but accidents are really rare.

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I had to fly from PA to TX last year, yep, 4 flights total. Like jt, I think the take-off in particular is the most nerve wracking. I didn't drink inbetween or before flights, and only had a bloody Mary for each leg of the trip. That helped. You don't want to be drunk and navigating a busy airport. (and hot, what is the deal? Every airport I was in, I was sweating. Wear lightweight clothes).

My dad was a career airplane mechanic, although he worked for a private hangar. He would always tell me that a plane is safer than a car. He also said, if you have the choice, sit towards the back of the plane. 

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I've pretty much given up flying, won't do it. The actual flying I've never minded, it's mainly going through the airport/through security that I can't do. I had never had a problem before and yeah I usually had a few in one of the airport bars or on the plane, but the last time I flew I was standing in line at baggage check and my friend who'd never flown in his life asks me a question and I turn around to answer him and this security guard walks up and starts questioning me, where are we going, fine, what's there? a conference, what sort of conference? Here I stumble and stutter as it has to do with mental illness and those are the last words I want to say in this situation. So I'm vaguely trying to explain it without actually saying what it is when my friend just says "we help people with mental illness" and the guy goes "Oh! that's great" and lets us on by.

I mean I get nervous enough in public places as it is, I'm not sure if it hadn't been for my friend I wouldn't have been taken into some room and interrogated.

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I won't fly anymore mainly because of the security and getting meds through.  I don't think that would be a problem, but still worries me.  Then I go through the scanner, and because I have had a hip replacement  (artificial hip) all the sirens and lights and all go crazy and I'm taken aside, patted down, etc.  I can't stand it.

The last time I flew was in 2009, so I'm not sure of any changes to the security.  But the stress of not knowing what will happen with security, the lines, and just in general being stressed out when flying ... enough to make me not want to fly.

When I last flew last time I was in a wheelchair (had just had 3rd hip surgery), so it was actually easier for me to get through security (didn't have to wait in a line) ... still had to get patted down, but it was quicker.  But although it was faster, still didn't like it. 

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2 hours ago, tyrantblade said:

Getting medications through isnt a problem, ive flew the last 2 years, we just put our medicine and a few small things in a clear ziplock bag so they can see its prescription medications and we don't look guilty of trying to smuggle illegal drugs through.

What about inhalers and epi-pens?

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34 minutes ago, melissaw72 said:

What about inhalers and epi-pens?

I have asthma so i bring am Inhaler along, not a problem, and lots of people have severe allergies to certain foods, so im assuming that wouldn't be a problem either.

The key is Transparency, if they can clearly see you have nothing to hide and nothing seems out of order, you will go through without them even questioning your medications.

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They don't care about meds, at least in the states. Key is to keep the meds in the prescription bottle they came in. I have taken 20 or more bottles, including scheduled meds and they did not blink. 

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4 hours ago, notloki said:

Key is to keep the meds in the prescription bottle they came in.

Thanks.  That was how I did it when I last flew and didn't have any problems.  I still worry though because at least around here, they've stepped up everything to closer inspections.  I do have bottles that the meds come in, but don't always have the updated ones.

 

6 hours ago, tyrantblade said:

I have asthma so i bring am Inhaler along, not a problem, and lots of people have severe allergies to certain foods, so im assuming that wouldn't be a problem either.

Good to know, thanks.

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That's awesome!!!! I wont fly without Ativan. Terrifies me. I start worrying weeks before.  It wrecks my vacation thinking about flight back. I only fly direct. Glad it worked out for you so well!!!

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