Lack of control makes some air travelers feel anxious

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – Since investigators have indicated the co-pilot intentionally crashed a Germanwings passenger jet in the French Alps, some American travelers have expressed safety concerns; realizing that they have no control over what happens to them in the air.

Eighty percent of the people responding to our 22News Interactive Internet Poll Thursday said that events like that make them feel at least somewhat nervous about flying.

Soni Hankins of Dallas is a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. He told 22News that he deals with nervous passengers in the air every day.

“It has a measure to do with their inability to control or have the handle at the wheel, but also a lack of knowledge of what’s going on in the air: where is the wind is blowing a certain way, every little bump to some people it means the plane is going down. It’s just part of the process of flying,” Hankins said.

Cindy Ryan of Kansas City, Kansas was making connections at Bradley when 22News asked her what makes her fearful on a flight.

“Normally when I’m getting on a plane, I don’t think about it. The only time it crosses my mind is when we hit turbulence and that kind of: like ‘what If something were to happen?’ Then I think about it,” Ryan said.

Passengers flying airlines based in the U.S. can take comfort in knowing that, since 9/11, a pilot or co-pilot can never be alone in the cockpit during flight. If one of them has to leave, they’re replaced by someone else from the flight crew.

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