Boeing 737 MAX Crashes Lead to Rise in Fear-of-Flying Class Enrollment
UNITED STATES – According to an online news story reported by gpbnews.com, the two recent crashes involving Boeing 737 MAX airplanes have led to a rise in people enrolling in fear-of-flying courses. For some people, news of the crashes has aggravated existing fears. For others, it has sparked fears they did not have before.*
In October 2018, an Indonesian airliner crashed into the Java Sea after experiencing issues with a malfunctioning sensor that caused the plane to repeatedly dive. The plane involved was a Boeing 737 MAX 8. Five months later, in March 2019, an Ethiopian airliner crashed during a flight in which the plane perpetually lost altitude. That plane was also a 737 MAX 8.
Investigators quickly determined that, like the Indonesian plane crash, the Ethiopian crash was due to a malfunctioning sensor on the plane. Governments and airlines around the world started moving to ground the Boeing 737 MAX line of airplanes. The planes are currently grounded in the United States.
And while some people might feel a sense of security from knowing that these planes are no longer in commission, the Boeing plane issues and the resulting crashes have invigorated fears of flying in a large population. Teachers who offer fear-of-flying classes in the U.S. say they have seen enrollment rates rise by more than 50 percent since the two crashes.
One new enrollee is a woman interviewed by reporters who said she was struggling to overcome her fear of flying to Europe this summer.
“It really is a serious mental challenge to walk through those doors and get on the plane,” the woman said. “You know, if this happens with one type of plane, how many other examples of a faulty sensor or … something malfunctioning.”
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