Cate (ceemonster) wrote in little_details,
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panic attack midflight in the 90's

I have a female character, about 24 years old, who has never flown. She's going to Europe from Dallas to Newark to London. As the plane starts to take off, she finds out that she has a horrible fear of flying. It's bad enough that when she's older, she ends up needing valium during flights and downs it with champagne to make herself pass out when she absolutely has to fly.

So it's about 1995. Would there be anything that could be done for her midflight? Any sort of emergency sedation they keep on board that an airline attendant could administer? she's tiny-- 4'11" and about 95lbs or so. I think I can research the panic/anxiety attack symptoms on my own, but I wasn't sure what sort of help could be given in the air, because while she's not going to try and wrench the doors open or anything-- her traveling companion wouldn't let her get to it-- I would think that that kind of reaction would at least create unrest among the other passengers *they're flying first class*. If nothing can be given to her there, when they land in Newark, can she be given something in the airport there?
Tags: 1990-1999, ~psychology & psychiatry (misc), ~travel: air travel
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