ESL conversation questions: Are you afraid of flying?


From Unit 11 of the book, Questions for Conversation.

Jenny asks Jeremy about his business trip to Prague, and admits being afraid of flying.

Transcript:

Hey Jeremy, how was your trip?

Fine, thanks, the meeting was productive and I got to see a little of Prague

How was the flight?

Great. No problems. You can’t beat British Airways for service.

It’s all right for you. The company pays for your flights.
Only economy class, though. I wish they would pay for business class!

You should be so lucky! I can only afford to fly with low-cost airlines.

They are really not that bad, are they? I flew with Easyjet last year and the service was very good.

I know. I have to admit that I don’t like flying that much.

Are you afraid of flying?

No. I’m afraid of crashing! I know it’s supposed to be the safest way to travel, but if you crash, you haven’t got much chance, have you?

True, but it’s still safer than driving. I nearly had an accident on the way to work this morning. Honestly, people are so aggressive when they drive.

Yes, but what makes people afraid of flying is not being in control. When you are in your car you think that you are in control of the situation, more or less. But when you’re on a plane, there are so many things that can go wrong and you can’t do anything about it.

I hadn’t thought about it like that. Thanks, Jenny, now I’m going to be scared stiff next time I get on a plane!