Part of speech: noun
The fear of flying
An irrational aversion to drafts of air
Examples of Aerophobia in a sentence
"She wanted to visit Fiji, but her aerophobia made such a trip highly unlikely."
"If you can overcome aerophobia, you'll get to visit some of the world's most beautiful spots."
They say that flight is the safest way to travel, but that's cold comfort when you're 30,000 feet in the air and the fasten-seatbelt signed just turned on. So spare a thought for everyone suffering from aerophobia — it's no fun to have to choose between dealing with turbulence and not visiting the faraway lands you've always hoped to see.
Did you Know?
It's estimated that 20 million Americans suffer from aerophobia to one degree or another. Some experience anxiety before flying, while others refuse to board an airplane at all.