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Man Lives on Plane to Overcome His Fear of Flying

The tragic news about the vanished Air France flight makes anybody's fear of flying seem rational, but one man recently determined that it was time to get over his. So what did Mark Malkoff do to overcome his debilitating fear of air travel? He decided to spend one month living on a plane, staying onboard while the jet is on the ground or in the air.

Some days Mark does up to 12 fights! I think his fellow passengers have more to fear, though — Mark plans on "showering" with baby wipes and dry shampoo. You can check out Mark in his new home in the above video.

Do you face any irrational fears in your daily life? Have you ever gone to extremes to overcome one?

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vpetite vpetite 8 years
Statistically, you're more likely to get into a car crash and even get hit by lightning than you are to be in a plane crash. The fear of flying probably has more to do with the immense coverage it gets every time a plane crashes or experiences problems.
megan921 megan921 8 years
I wish they would address the logistics of this for my curiosity's sake. Is Air Tran paying for this because of the marketing they get out of it? Is he paying himself (I would doubt it) How did he arrange it? I'm surprised they let him stay on the plane when it's on the ground.
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 8 years
I'm not afraid to fly, but I have hated flying since I was really little. I always threw up on planes and my ears popped.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I wish I had the kind of money and time to do this! I mean, I've been sort of apprehensive about flying especially after 9/11 - not really because of terrorism [there are PLENTY of precautions before getting on the plane and I am pretty observant and do know how to defend myself...don't know if that will help, but it's something!], but because of turbulence. The plane rocking back and forth in the air is kind of upsetting to me.
Jmartens Jmartens 8 years
I'm afraid to fly, but wasn't until just a few years ago. Don't know why. I need to deal with it though. However, I don't think living on a plane will help me!
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 8 years
I think most people are afraid of flying because of the fact that planes blow up and there are no traces of you for your. I myself Did not get on a plane for almost 8 years. Sep 11 made it worst. NOw i have been flying every 3 months for 5 years. I have never been more religious than on a plane. It doesn't cure my fear. But life must go on and also must end. It doesn';t matter we will all die.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
Well, he really took a fear and faced it head on. But fear of flying, isn't exactly a full on phobia, or irrational fear. Sure, planes don't crash into buildings, or during take off, or disappear all the time -- but it still has happened, which makes it pretty logical to be afraid to fly. There are people who are afraid of pennies. That is irrational. A penny never burned you, or beat you as a child. A fear of pennies is crazy, but definitely rational to the person that feels it. I have no rational, straight up fears. However, I do have a very *irrational* fear of whales. I have never seen a whale up close. I have never even touched a whale. But, here I am, scared to death of whales. Who the heck knows why. ...and I have no plans to reconcile this. Swimming with a whale may give me a heart attack -- or it may cure me. I won't take any chances.
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