A new smartphone and tablet app has been developed to help those with a mild to moderate fear of flying.
Dutch research organisation, the VALK Foundation launched the scientifically developed Flight App for use in New York today and is available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Based on 23 years of research the Flight App is designed to relax travellers before and during a flight.
By informing providing information about flight sounds, aerodynamics, turbulence and safety it helps give peace of mind over any worries or insecurities about travelling in an aircraft. Audio exercises are used to lower flight stress and there is a panic button which is activated during times of especially high stress. When the panic button is activated the user can access audio and written aids designed to lower stress levels immediately.
The app does not require an internet connection which enables use during flight when a device in airplane mode.
Director of the VALK Foundation Dr Lucas Van Gerwen said the app is a form of therapy developed from extensive research and serves as a valuable tool for airlines and passengers.
"Many airlines recognise the value of the program and are committed to converting fearful flyers, up to thirty per cent of mature western World population into tranquil passengers. The fear of flying application we have created, aims to transfer all of the knowledge we have developed through our therapy program over the last two decades into a mobile application that will help ease travellers' fears," he said.
Fear of flying can have many causes. These include; a bad turbulence experience, vertigo and claustrophobia.
A fear of flying can also manifest as different signs in different people.www.valk.org .