Gathering safety information about planes can give you peace of mind and there are tons of web sites to educate you. Certain records indicate that your chances of dying in a plane crash are over a million to one. You probably have a better chance of winning the lottery! One thing that helped me was a story I read on the Internet. It was about a guy who was afraid of flying until he lived near an airport. He said everyday he saw or heard planes take-off and land, take-off and land like clockwork. It was then that he realized how safe flying was and that he really didn’t need to fear it.
You can learn which planes have a better safety record, the advances made to avoid wind shear, and learn what causes turbulence. For your first flight, I would not recommend taking what is known in the industry as a “puddle jumper.” The smaller planes tend to be more bouncy, so do the research online to see what type of plane the flight is offering. Southwest only flies 737s, which are fairly large planes. Most other major airlines will use 747s, Airbuses and the occasional DC-9, all large planes. If you are not sure what type of plane will be taken on the flight, don’t be afraid to call the airlines to find out.
If you bought your ticket on the Internet, print out any information you received when ordering. You can have a carryon bag, but don’t try to pack everything you own in it. It can only be of a certain size and you may have to sit with it under your feet the entire flight. While the airline seating on television looks spacious, it is rarely that way in real life. You can pack shaving items and nail clippers in your carryon bag, but you cannot have matches, lighters, straight razors, scissors, knives, or large sporting equipment (like ski poles, golf clubs, hockey sticks, etc.).