Airplane Anxiety | Consumer Reports

Airplane Anxiety | Consumer Reports

Unless you’re a superhero
or you have the money to always travel business
class, then you’re probably going to
be stuck in coach. Dr. Blanco, you’ve
got to help me. That’s what I’m here for, Jack. Why don’t you share
with me what’s going on? He’s not a real psychologist. He’s Octavio Blanco, money
editor at Consumer Reports. And today he’s my
travel counselor. I’m going on vacation
next week and I’m scared. Oh. You have a fear of flying. No, no. I actually love flying. It’s the whole process. It’s airlines, and airports,
and luggage, and boardings, and fees! It’s stressing me out! What is your main
concern about flying? Where do I start, Doc? The first thing I
hate about planes is you’re packed like sardines. What I would recommend for
that is to do your homework. Avoid seats that are near
the galley or the bathrooms. Choose a seat, if you can,
in a bulkhead or an emergency exit row. Those have more leg room. But they might charge
you extra for that. And finally, if you
don’t have a choice, bring an eye mask or
noise-canceling headphones, or even a neck pillow
to make that flight that much more comfortable. All those coach tiers. I mean, basic economy,
premium economy. What’s the difference? The most important thing
is to really understand what the terms mean. So for example, basic economy. While it’s the
cheapest, it’s also the most restrictive ticket. It also means that
you’re probably going to be among the last to board. And unfortunately,
you are probably going to get stuck in
the dreaded middle seat or in the back row. If you can afford it, you
might want to just book a standard economy ticket. It offers greater flexibility
and is worth the extra cost. Well, Doc, when
it’s time to board, I get so anxious about there
not being enough overhead space. What do I do? To get overhead space, it’s
all about boarding first. So there are a couple of
ways that you can do that. One is that some airlines
offer priority boarding. But you’ll have to
pay extra for that. Airline-branded credit
cards are another way to get on board first,
because they have perks such as priority boarding. However, they come with
sometimes a hefty annual fee. But if you travel a lot, they
often pay for themselves. Finally, if you’re worried
about that overhead bin space, you might want to avoid
bringing a roller bag and just bring a duffel bag. Doc, this has been so helpful. I feel better already. But I’m still stressed
about those fees. Fees, endless fees! What you need to do
is educate yourself. Go to the airline’s
website and make sure that you understand the rules. That will lessen
the stress that you feel when you’re actually
ready to put down some hard-earned cash. So Jack, we’ve been through
a lot of information this session. And I hope it’s been helpful. So tell me, how do you feel? Ha, ha. Doc, I think I’m
ready to fly again. I think you really are. Your advice worked. That’s what I’m here for.

10 thoughts on “Airplane Anxiety | Consumer Reports

  1. Dr.Blanco definitely isn't a shrink. He actually gives you timely & useful feedback. Stuck in a middle seat, "How does that make you feel?"

  2. My airplane anxiety starts with flying in an aircraft that might crash because of aircraft pilot error and improperly trained pilots, airport controller error, poor maintenance, bad weather, poor aircraft system designs (think of Boeing 737 MAX 8). I know the odds are low for an accident, but when an accident does occur, there's a whole lot of people that turn up dead all of a sudden and I don't want to be one of them!

  3. You guys should watch other videos on YouTube to get ideas on how to effectively convey information in an appealing manner.

  4. I think the comments should be disabled. I think CR does a great job of making the segments entertaining while being informative. If you don’t like the acting then just read.

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