avi·​o·​pho·​bia | \ ˌā-vē-ə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce aviophobia (audio) , ˌa- \
variants: or less commonly aviaphobia

Definition of aviophobia

: intense fear or dislike of flying : aerophobia Relatively few of the estimated 25 million Americans who suffer from aviophobia avoid flying altogether.Travel and Leisure

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aviophobe \ ˈā-​vē-​ə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce aviophobe (audio) , ˈa-​ \ or less commonly aviaphobe or aviophobic \ ˌā-​vē-​ə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce aviophobic (audio) , ˌa-​ \ or aviaphobic noun, plural aviophobes also aviaphobes or aviophobics or aviaphobics
Who doesn't love the feeling you get when you're high in the air on a plane, heading for somewhere—anywhere—different? Well, aviophobes for one, who find nothing but fear in the friendly skies. — Adria Vasil
aviophobic or less commonly aviaphobic adjective
I'd come straight from an American Airlines flight during which an aviophobic widow had wadded various handfuls of my blouse and jacket into her fists the entire trip. — Jennifer Rardin

First Known Use of aviophobia

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aviophobia

aviophobia from avi- (in aviation, aviator) + -o- + -phobia; aviaphobia from avia- (in aviation, aviator) + -phobia

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The first known use of aviophobia was in 1976

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“Aviophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aviophobe. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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avi·​o·​pho·​bia | \ ˌā-vē-ə-ˈfō-bē-ə, ˌa- How to pronounce aviophobia (audio) \
variants: also aviaphobia

Medical Definition of aviophobia

: fear of flying : aerophobia

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