One-time TV soap czarina Ekta Kapoor says she is scared stiff of flying after the Mangalore air crash.
Says Ekta: "I am a terribly restless flier and when I hear stories of plane crashes, they make me even more jittery about flying. I have to prepare myself days before flying. A couple of days before I am scheduled to make a trip, I withdraw into a shell, and gather strength I need to fly. When on board, I recite the mahamrityunjoy jaap to help me drive away my fear of flying".
Film producer and director Karan Johar too is faint-hearted. Says KJo: "I am one of the most nervous fliers around and have been scared of flying ever since I was a child. When I was 11, I was on a turbulent flight and that left me scarred. We were shooting for Agneepath in Mauritius, and on our way back the plane met an air pocket and dropped thousands of feet.
Post that, every time I catch a flight I am traumatised. I take a sleeping pill when I am on a night flight; I'd rather sleep than panic. Oddly enough, I am not nervous during take-off or landing. If it gets really bad, I wouldn't hesitate to clutch my co-passenger's hand.
The Mangalore crash speaks about the uncertainty of life. I heard that one of the passengers was on Twitter and tweeting about waiting for the rains. It's heart-breaking to read such stuff. "