Letter to the Editor

Ting, Joseph Y. (2004) Letter to the Editor. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 2 2: 115-115.

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Author Ting, Joseph Y.
Title Letter to the Editor
Journal name Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-8939
Publication date 2004-05
Sub-type Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 115
End page 115
Total pages 1
Place of publication Philadelphia, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Subject 210000 Science - General
320000 Medical and Health Sciences
320100 Medicine - General
Abstract Whilst the article by Nicholson AN [1] comprehensively reviews medical and environmental stresses associated with commercial flight, recent widespread increase in press coverage and community perceptions regarding compromised flight safety and security require emphasis. Adverse psychological sequelae resulting from terrorist threat to passenger aircraft leads to avoidance of commercial flights [2] as well as stress and anxiety in flight [3]. There is now community-wide anxiety about flight security in view of recent terrorist attacks such as commercial jets being flown into The Twin Towers in New York City on September 11th 2001 [2] and more recent security fears on trans-Atlantic flights [4]. Psychological stresses associated with increased pre-departure security checks and flights delayed or cancelled by security concerns have increased since September 11th [3]. Libyan involvement in the 1988 mid-air bomb explosion of a Pan-Am flight over Lockerbie was widely speculated at the time and further highlighted in 2001 [5]. Air-rage (passengers being verbally or physically aggressive or disruptive during flight) related to substance and alcohol use/refusal is increasing, poses physical and psychological risks to others on the plane and occasionally requires costly and inconvenient diversion of the flight [6]. Passengers with flight anxiety who already have fears out of proportion to the excellent safety of commercial flight pre-September 11th [7] will now have to contend with random unpredictable acts of violence and terrorism. Fear of flying possesses significant public health implications [7], affecting 10-40% of adult passengers [8] and up to 9.2% of crew staff [9]. In extreme cases it leads to severe anxiety reactions including panic attacks in-flight [3]. On the ground, avoiding flights exposes individuals to risks associated with using alternative transport [7].
Keyword Air travel
Fear of flying
Air safety
Flight safety
Q-Index Code CX
Additional Notes Letter to the Editor: Psychological impact of air travel

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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Created: Thu, 01 Jul 2004, 10:00:00 EST by Joseph Y. Ting on behalf of Scholarly Communication and Digitisation Service