Last updated: 03:00 PM ET, Thu June 04 2015

TakeOff Project Aims to Cure Air Travelers' Fear of Flying

Travel Technology | Patrick Clarke | June 04, 2015

A new start-up website claims it can provide the knowledge and tools necessary to cure any traveler's fear of flying.

The TakeOff Project, founded by pilot and psychologist Alex Gervash, features an online interactive course based on clinical studies. 

The length of the course varies based on the severity of the individual's flight phobia, but 30 sessions are considered the benchmark. The first 10 sessions of the course, called the economy option, are available for free, and are best suited to help cure "simpler cases."

The subsequent 10 sessions, or business class, are designed for more intense cases of flight phobia and cost $14, while the final 10 sessions (first class), which feature input from therapists, are aimed at curing the most severe cases.

The first class package comes with a handful of other offerings, but is a significant jump in price at $199. 

"The main idea of this web service is to overcome avoidance behavior, with which fearful travelers are so familiar," said Gervash in a statement. "With the TakeOff Project the entrance to fear of flying therapy is very comfortable and easy, without expenses or obligations, thus allowing millions of fearful fliers to achieve a better life."

Every one of the sessions features a main topic (ie: turbulence and air pockets), video, lesson summary, self checks and even assigned homework. 

Citing statistics, the TakeOff Project claims that nearly one in three people suffer from the fear of flying but that fewer than one percent of those people pursue professional treatment. Nonetheless, the start-up claims that flight phobia is curable in as many as 98 percent of cases. 

Travelers can learn more about the unique treatment course at


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