Saturday—Airlines have started using meditation apps for fear of flying. In an effort to reduce lost profits due to fear of flying, a number of airlines are working with yoga apps, relaxation apps and meditation apps to help people confidently step onto planes.
It is estimated that approximately 25% of the population suffer from fear of flying . This costs airlines millions of dollars annually. And at a time when the coronavirus is causing airlines to fly empty planes, it’s a loss of revenue that they just can’t afford.
How We’re Using Meditation Apps For Flight Phobia
In an effort to stop fear of flying, airlines have started partnering with various app makers, including apps for meditation, yoga, and relaxation, in an effort to hep people get onto planes.
Fear of flying is currently hitting an all-time trend. The already high number of people who suffer from flight phobia, combined with and the number of people wary of booking flights because of coronavirus, is crippling airlines is causing stock prices to plummet. The airlines hope that by helping people to relax in this time of anxiety, they will increase flight bookings.
Headspace was the first to get involved with airlines when they partnered with Virgin Atlantic in 2011. The app headed by former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe has now partnered with eleven airlines.
Angelica Kelly, [senior manager of communications, Headspace], tells THE DAILY MEDITATION, “Travelling, whether for work or for play, can often take you out of your element, so it’s important to take time to take care of your mind.”
It isn’t just Headspace that is working with airlines, either. Calm is too. The Headspace rival partnered with American Airlines in 2018 to produce specific meditations and “Sleep Stories” for passengers aboard airplanes. JetBlue then partnered with InScape in 2019 to provide various relaxing apps for those with fear of flying. Breethe has teamed with Delta Air Lines. And Smiling Minds is currently working with Virgin Australia.
Not only this, but various airports now have yoga space and meditation spaces where passengers can relax before boarding a flight.
The basic idea is to relax the mind by being mindful prior to boarding the plane. When experience moments of fright or panic, a few mindful breaths can helps to calm the mind so we don’t experience phobia when flying.
If you’d prefer to use traditional meditations for fear of flying, you can always rely on techniques like basic mindfulness exercises. The principle remains the same. By focusing the mind on the present moment, we give ourselves an opportunity to relax. This can greatly relieve your fear of flying.