Managing flying fears in the wake of deadly commercial plane crashes

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - After two deadly commercial airline crashes grounded a certain Boeing model and launched investigations, experts say it is normal to experience fear and anxiety about flying.

Hedieh Briggs is the Chief Clinical Officer in the psychiatry department at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. She's a social worker who specializes in treatment and research of anxiety and phobias.

Briggs says that fears like these are irrational, meaning that they are not dependent upon the rational statistics about the safety of air travel. Instead of rationalizing them away, Briggs has suggestions on how to manage the fears with mindfulness.

See the video player above for the full conversation.