How to Handle Air Rage
Flying tends to fill people with anxiety and worry. The fear of the unknown, along with going through endless security checkpoints, tends to spike up a person’s stress levels. Placing all of these people together in a small area is often a recipe for disaster, which is why air rage occurs. You can stop yourself from acting on this rage by first understanding why it happens, doing what you can to prevent it from rearing its ugly head, and then calming yourself down when you begin to experience it.
Avoiding Air Rage
Get a good night’s sleep.Being tired is often the straw that breaks the camel’s back in a stressful situation. Being tired and grumpy on top of experiencing the stress and anxiety that flying brings can make you experience rage you wouldn’t normally otherwise. Getting a good night’s sleep before your flight, especially if it takes off in the early morning, can stop you from seeing red.
- Improve your own sleeping habits by increasing the comfort in your bedroom at home. Use blackout curtains, lower the temperature, and ensure that your mattress is comfortable and supportive. Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bed to fall asleep easier.
- If you’re taking an overnight flight, try to bring the comforts of home with you on the plane. Place ear plugs, a sleeping mask, and a comfy blanket into your carry-on bag, and wear them when you are trying to sleep. Doing so may make the rest of your night more enjoyable.
Strike up a conversation with a fellow passenger.Sometimes, just talking with someone can help to quell your feelings of rage. Chances are, the person sitting near you might welcome a distraction as well. Instead of flying off the handle, start talking to someone around you about something positive. Choose a general topic that you think might be of interest to both of you. Doing so will make you feel better and could prevent air rage.
Plan ahead.Part of the reason people get so stressed when flying is because something they weren’t prepared for occurs. Delayed flights, lost luggage, a lack of rental cars, and long check-in lines can start your trip out on the wrong foot. By taking care of what you can before you step into the airport and arming yourself with as much information as possible, you may be able to avoid the extra stress.
- Do what you can to avoid having to deal with employees by checking in online and using a kiosk for your luggage. Also, signing up to receive text updates about your flight status and booking your rental car ahead of time can leave you feeling prepared and confident about what lies ahead.
Coping With Air Rage
Acknowledge and accept your discomfort.It is normal to feel fear and frustration. If you are feeling, angry, anxious, restless or something else, give yourself a moment to acknowledge how you are feeling.
- Say comforting things to yourself like, "It is okay that I am nervous," and "I can cope and manage my feelings."
Ask for help.If the child behind you is kicking your chair constantly, or the person in front of you is being loud and obnoxious, ask the flight attendant to say something to encourage them to stop. Part of a flight attendant’s job is to keep everyone on the flight comfortable. This can include attempting to stop a few rowdy passengers from ruining the flight for everyone else.
- Approach the subject quietly and politely. Simply tell the flight attendant that you are unable to enjoy your flight because there are a few people who are being loud or acting inappropriately, and ask if they would mind encouraging them to stop. Chances are the flight attendant will take swift action and hopefully the passengers will heed their advice.
Listen to music.One of the best things about flying is that you are able to distract yourself. Listening to music can not only take your mind off of what is going on around you, but it can help you to calm down. Put on your headphones, close your eyes, and try to get your mind off of what is angering you.
- Select your music wisely. While you may love an explosive beat or a fast-paced song, listening to it may get you pumped up even more. You may want to opt for slow and calming music to help you relax.
Count and breathe deeply.Slowing down and counting to 10 when you’re angry may seem like a cliché, but it actually works. Additionally, taking deep breaths can help to calm your mind and decrease your rage. Although these exercises may not remove the situation at hand, they can help you handle it better.
- Breathing tends to quicken and become shallow when you are stressed. Making a conscious effort to breathe slowly and deeply can help to reduce your anxiety.
- To breathe deeply, take a long, deep breath in through your nose, hold for a few seconds, and then exhale through your mouth. Repeat this exercise several times to help calm yourself. You can also try saying the word relax to yourself silently as you exhale.
Examine the consequences.Antics on a plane don’t just end in the air. If the passengers or staff feel threatened by you, they may call the police, who will meet you upon landing. You could face charges or get arrested for your actions. Before you allow your stress and anger to take over, think about what may happen if you do.
Understanding Why Air Rage Happens
Book a flight with a plane that has a bigger cabin or larger seats.Sitting close to strangers, fighting for room, and feeling claustrophobic are all reasons why people in airplanes become on edge. Additionally, dealing with inconsiderate passengers, like those who kick the seat in front of them, talk too loudly, or have no regard for those around them, can increase a person’s stress level.
- The combination of all of these factors is enough to cause someone to become so irritated they react differently to being agitated than they would otherwise.
Avoid walking by the first class section.Research has shown that some air rage occurs because passengers feel they are the subject of inequality. People who aren’t sitting in the first class section are often upset because of the amenities provided in that section aren’t offered to them. As a result, they may lash out on other passengers or the crew because they feel like injustices are occurring.
- You can avoid this cause of resentment by booking a flight on a plane that doesn’t have a first-class section. Select the right company to fly with and you may avoid feeling this rage.
Skip the alcohol and pills.Some people turn to drinking or pills before they get on the plane to help combat anxiety about flying. Although it is a good idea in theory, doing so may actually backfire. People tend to become more impulsive and let go of their inhibitions when they are under the influence of alcohol or sedatives. This means you may experience rage you wouldn’t normally, and lash out on someone who is irritating you.
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