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Afraid of Flying? There’s an App for That!



Virgin Atlantic announced its highly acclaimed Flying Without Fear course — with a suc­cess rate in excess of 98% — is now avail­able as an app for the iPhone and iPod touch from the App Store — the first of its kind.

Many peo­ple suf­fer anx­i­ety at the prospect of fly­ing. These fears range from anx­i­ety at book­ing a trip to com­plete inabil­ity to board an air­craft. Whether it is the unfa­mil­iar air­craft, the strange noises a plane makes, or the fear of los­ing con­trol, this app is designed to help peo­ple over­come their per­sonal fears.

Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, commented:

This is Virgin Atlantic inno­va­tion at its best. Our first iPhone app will bring the ben­e­fits of our suc­cess­ful Flying Without Fear course to mil­lions of peo­ple around the world who are now using mobile tech­nol­ogy to make their lives bet­ter. The app will put many trav­el­ers at ease and enable them to pre­pare for their first Virgin Atlantic flight.”

Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Without Fear team have devel­oped the app with Mental Workout, a com­pany devel­op­ing mobile appli­ca­tions focused on improv­ing lives by help­ing peo­ple resolve issues and increase men­tal performance.

The Flying Without Fear app con­tains a per­sonal intro­duc­tion by Sir Richard Branson, a video-based in-flight expla­na­tion from start to fin­ish of a flight, frequently-asked ques­tions, relax­ation exer­cises and fear ther­apy, a fear attack but­ton for emer­gen­cies with breath­ing exer­cises and quick tips, and a “My Program” sec­tion where each user can rate their per­sonal fears and add future flights to pre­pare them for their next trip. As a bonus, the user is offered 2,000 points when join­ing Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club.

Virgin Atlantic’s Flying with­out Fear team recently helped American actress, Whoopi Goldberg, over­come her fear of fly­ing. The actress had not flown for a decade but a busi­ness com­mit­ment in London meant she had to step on a plane once again.

After going through the course, Whoopi Goldberg said:

The pro­gram works, I was a skep­tic. I hadn’t flown in 13 years but after doing their pro­gram, I under­stood that while my fear was real, there were many things I didn’t know or had mis­in­for­ma­tion about, which they were able to clear up. So what hap­pened? I now fly. It’s that simple.”

Mickey Beyer-Clausen, founder of Mental Workout, added:

Mental Workout is ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing peo­ple with mobile tools that har­ness best-in-class exper­tise to improve and enhance their lives. With approx­i­mately one in three adults afraid of fly­ing, we wanted to make the best ther­a­peu­tic tools avail­able to every­one who wishes to take con­trol of that fear. By cre­at­ing this app in part­ner­ship with Virgin Atlantic, we can help those who have a fear of fly­ing — whether acute, mild, or only occa­sional — con­trol that fear and by doing so broaden their world.”

The Flying Without Fear app is avail­able for $4.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.

Virgin Atlantic's Flying Without Fear


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