Swiss fear of flying boosts therapists
The number of Swiss people who are scared of flying is so high that coaching sessions are booked out and new clinics are opening has opened to meet the need for therapy.
Approximately 20 percent of the Swiss population are afraid of flying, newspaper 20 Minuten reported.
"Sometimes passengers get so panicky that they cannot go through with it," emotion coach Diederika Tasma told 20 Minuten.
Swiss were already offer weekend seminars in German at Zurich (Kloten) Airport, in conjunction with Edelweiss Air and Swiss Aviation Training, as well as courses in French and English at Geneva airport.
Tasma soon realised that nothing was on offer for the people of Bern. So in conjunction with Helvetic Airways, she decided to set up a new coaching practice at Belp airport as well as seminars that specifically targets this group from.
The courses, run by Tasma Life Balance, start with participants being sat on grounded planes. Next, participants are taken up in a Fokker 100, and finally, the course recommends participants to take part in a supervised flight to a European destination.
The correct term for fear of flying is pteromerhanophobia. It is unclear whether it is itself a distinct phobia or one made up from several phobias such as claustrophobia (fear of being in small spaces), acrophobia (a fear of heights) and agoraphobia (fear of open spaces).