The Nation: Fighting the Fear of Flying

While the wreckage was still smoldering at Tenerife, another Pan Am jet last week prepared for takeoff at Washington's Dulles International Airport. The 67 passengers aboard were among the millions of Americans who—strictly out of fear—either have never flown or have taken planes only in dire emergencies. Now, as the culmination of a $100 course given by Pan Am to combat their anxiety, they were about to take an hour-long "graduation" flight on a 707 jet. Aboard was TIME'S Chris English, an intrepid air traveler. His report:

After seven nights of classroom instruction, a...

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