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New app promises to cure your fear of flying

New app promises to cure your fear of flying
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I travel around the world on business and vacation, so thankfully flying isn't a big fear. However, I know plenty of people who are nervous or even terrified of flying. That's understandable when you're packed in a heavy hunk of moving metal miles above the ground.

Unfortunately for those people, flying is still the fastest way to travel long distances so it's sometimes unavoidable. That's why app developers are putting together apps that aim to help people stay calm.

Japan's All Nippon Airways just released a free app called Takeoff Mode (Free; iOS) that lets you play a game with calming music while you're waiting for takeoff. You tilt your phone screen to move a blob through puzzles, which the developers hope is engaging enough to keep you distracted.

Here's the app in action.

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