Department of Education

I hate flying. Help!

Lots of people get anxious about flying. Everyone experiences anxiety at some point, and these feelings of unease, worry or fear are often perfectly normal. However, some people find it hard to control their worries.

If you want to avoid flying altogether, you may be able to make your trip by train or by ferry.

If there is not an alternative option and you are very anxious about going on a plane, it may be a good idea to see your GP.

  • Your GP will be able to discuss the various treatment options available to you.
  • There are many treatment options including talking to a councellor, or undergoing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

There are also some things that you might like to try to help yourself:

  • Relax – if you are calm you will deal with everything a lot better.
  • Plan – Make a list of all the things that might go wrong and have a plan A, B and even C so that you do not have to worry about what to do next.
  • Carry an Autism Alert Card to help people understand that you are autistic.

Help at the airport:

  • At the airport you can ask for special assistance. You will be often be taken through security in a quieter area, away from noise and crowds. This will help reduce your stress.
  • It is also useful to have a copy of all of your travel documents handy. For example, your flight details, where you are staying and what your itinerary is. Should anyone ask you anything, you will then have the information to hand.


The NAS had advice on preparing for a holiday and the practicalities of being abroad with autism.

For details of the NAS Autism Alert Card.


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