'You are a hero': Man’s Vegas honeymoon is saved after Irish passenger hypnotises him in London airport
A British man who suffered a severe panic attack minutes before boarding a flight to Las Vegas for his honeymoon survived take-off after being hypnotised by an Irish psychologist in Gatwick Airport.
Jim Roberts, who has an intense fear of flying, was so panicked ahead of his flight to the US on October 3, that Virgin Atlantic staff began to make moves to remove his checked baggage from the aircraft.
Noticing the commotion at the boarding gate, Dublin-based psychologist Jim O’Callaghan approached Jim and asked his permission to perform hypnosis, which calmed him down enough to take his seat on the plane.
The airline’s staff then upgraded the pair to business class along with Jim’s new wife Sarah, where they sat alongside one another for the duration of the flight.
Jim, from Kent in the UK, took to Facebook to thank O’Callaghan for saving his dream holiday to America.
“As most of you know I have a massive fear of flying, so an 11 hour flight to America was always going to be hard.
“So I'm at the airport worrying about what is ahead; boarding the plane. We get to the gate and then bang - an extreme panic attack. The worst I have ever had. I'm in bits, everyone else has boarded and we are the last ones left at the gate. Just when all hope is all lost a stranger comes out of the blue. He is running really late for the flight and it just so happens that he is a psychiatrist and hypnotist.
“He sees me and offers to help, sitting me down, he starts to hypnotise me. The next thing I remember is walking on board with him and then sitting in our upgraded business class seats having a glass of champagne.
“Jim you are a hero. You saved my honeymoon. I will never forget what you done for me,” wrote Jim.
O’Callaghan, who runs a clinic in Dublin 4, has risen to media attention in recent years with many commending him for using hypnosis to aid weight-loss, ease anxiety and quit smoking among other things.