Originally posted by Gwen White:
Does anyone know if you can change airline reservations. We are leaving in 30 days and we found out that we are flying on a 32 passenger plane and my husband just freaked out because he does not fly small planes. Do you think they can make changes to another plane or refund the amount?
FWIW, I travel a LOT in my profession and whereas I share your husband's distaste for 'puddle jumpers' I can say that things have changed QUITE a bit in the past 5-8 years.
I am assuming that the plane in question is a 'prop job'? If yes, read on -- if no, then tell your husband to not worry. Small executive jets are GREAT - I fly the US Air commuter from Huntsville to Wash DC 4+ times a month -and I prefer it MUCH more to a DC80 or other large jet!
The big problem about prop jobs is that they 'pull' you through the air versus the push you get from a jet. This makes for a less smooth ride BUT - you are NOT flying in a Piper Cub! The ride is still smooth, just not as smooth as in a Jet.
I agree with Karen - I would talk to your physician about short term anxiety medication and perhaps something for motion sickness.
(Do not recommend self medication via alcohol either...the amount you drink to get a buzz on at ground level can really be magnified once you reach airline cruising altitude!)
Final point: In a lot of cases the plane in question is the only way from where you are going to your destination - at least on that airline in question. You will probably have to cancel the flight completely and take another airline (maybe - DO check all your options though!!)
Good luck & let us know how it goes!