The project "I am aerophobic, but I treat myself" has come to an end
For the Airlines Travel team, the flight means relaxation and freedom, and the sky means "home". We seek to fly as long as possible and to enjoy each individual experience. But not everyone is passionate about flying, airplanes, and not everyone has the pleasure of traveling in flight. I have friends who are afraid of flying and flying, but many have not even tried to confront their phobias.
But I also met people eager to escape this fear, who want to fly and not be aerobic anymore. Launched at the end of August, the pilot program for the treatment of anxiety during the flight "I am aerophobic, but I treat myself" has reached the end. The initiative of this project was determined by the stated objective of the National Company Bucharest Airports to provide the clients with the highest quality services. The final session of the course was held on 14 November 2015, the students, people with flight anxiety, being real passengers of a flight made with a TAROM aircraft. They have been assisted from the beginning of the check-in procedures, throughout the flight and until landing, by a psychotherapist and experienced flight personnel.
The courses took place over six weeks, each session lasting approximately 2-4 hours. Under the professional guidance of a complex team of specialized psychotherapists, pilots and flight attendants, the trainees were helped to raise awareness of the causes of flight phobia, to accept their problem and to find a motivation for change.
Progress was visible with each course, the success rate of treating this phobia being, according to the prediction of the psychotherapist team, a high one: two thirds of the students managed not only to overcome their fear, but even to enjoy the 45 minutes of the test flight.
The grand finale of the pilot project for the treatment of anxiety during the flight, organized by the National Airports Company Bucharest, in partnership with SC TAROM SA and PsyCons, took place in a festive setting, the students receiving diplomas of graduation of the course that confirmed the success this unique approach in Romania through a simple, but authentic message: "I was aerophobic, but I was treated."
We congratulate those who have exceeded the fear of flying and we wish as many beautiful travelers on board the plane. Clear sky!