Fear of flying (or aerophobia / aviophobia /
aviatophobia) affects roughly 1 in 5 people, and can be a real
nuisance. It might just mean that family holidays abroad are
impossible, or it might make a desired career impossible if it involves
flying during business trips.
The effect that a fear of flying will have on a person
can vary greatly. At one end of the scale, it might simply be
anxiety during certain parts of a flight. At the other end, it
might manifest itself as a full blown terror, which might even preclude
them from just picking someone up from an airport.