It happens that neither positive thinking nor alcohol helps soothing scared flyers. This airport has suggested a creative way to calm down the scared flyers – to pet the pig.
Airports are often crowded. The San Francisco International Airport hired a new staff member in order to calm down the passengers, who are feeling nervous about flying. Meet Bacon Bits: the pig who puts nervous flyers at ease.
Lilou, the pig, is a member of specially taught group of animals. The four-footed squad has been working for three years already. Lilou is the only pig there. The squad includes dogs mostly.
The San Francisco International Airport is not the first place of work for Lilou. The pig used to work in hospitals and care facilities. Before the shift, Lilou wears a blue uniform with a “Pet me” text on it. The owner often adds some cute accessories to the uniform. Thus, you may see the pig wearing a pink tutu, for example.
The owner says that most people are really excited when they see Lilou. Besides, their excitement is always followed by a wide smile. Some of them even scream with delight.
According to the airport staff, once the pig appears in the holding zone, the tense atmosphere immediately turns into a calm and cheerful one.
I believe, airports all over the world should follow a good example of San Francisco International Airport. However, there are other interesting ways to relax before the flight if they don’t offer a pig to pet at the airport.
For instance, a conscious breathing is another great way to stay calm before the flight. Simply practice your relaxing breathing and your panic will go away. Do it the following way: breath in through the nose; then, breath out through the mouth slowly. This sounds like an obvious thing to do, but it does not make it less effective. Breathing is the best thing to stop the panic attack.
Another innovative way to make your panic go away is to use the following apps. It is not surprising that we have special apps for scared flyers available nowadays. Technical progress influences everything. Consider downloading SOAR, VALK, ANA Takeoff Mode, Turbcast or Flight Without Fear apps if you want to enjoy your travels more. Most of the apps are available on Android and Apple and are free.
So, how do the apps, meant to control the fear of flying, work?
Some apps suggest you useful information to read about flying. The thing is that a great number of scared flyers are actually do not know how planes work. This info helps them to overcame their fear and realize that planes are actually safe (even more safe than cars are).
Some of them look more like a game to take your mind off the flight. ANA Takeoff, for example, suggests its users to control the ball, putting it on objects and avoiding obstacles.
Choose your way to soothe!
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