No, its not the name of a new airline.
Claustrophobia is the irrational fear of confined spaces. It’s normal to fear being trapped when there’s a genuine threat, but people with claustrophobia become fearful in situations where there’s no obvious or realistic danger.
By the time you read this I will probably be on an aeroplane, terrified, strapped firmly in my seat and trying to breathe. The flight is only three hours but that is about my limit. I choose an aisle seat and preferably near the emergency exit. Not because I am thinking of escaping but because there is a little more space to breathe.
I know its irrational but I feel there is no air on the plane, or at least not enough. If only I could open a window. Apparently that is frowned upon on an aeroplane.
For the journey I have packed four magazines, an iPod, a Nintendo DS, a Hudl tablet and a puzzle book. That should do me.
my worry now is that, not unreasonably, the airline insists you be psychically fit and “normal” weight. I am not really either of those things. I cannot, hand on heart, say that I would be able to rip the emergency door open and let people out.
If I don’t sit in this seat I will have a panic attack. If I do and there is an emergency I am not sure I am the right person to help.
Lets hope you are not watching me on the news channel.