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Fear of flying boy home at last

A British schoolboy stranded in Abu Dhabi for nearly 16 months because of his phobia of flying has finally arrived back in Britain - after being HYPNOTISED to overcome his fear.

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  1. Jane Solomons

Full report on the boy stranded due to plane phobia

Fear of flying is common among passengers, but for one 12 year-old from Weston-super-Mare it is having a devastating effect - not just on him, but his whole family.

Joe Thompson is so terrified of even stepping onto a plane that he has been unable to leave Abu Dhabi for a year, since his father's work contract finished there. His father says he faces financial ruin if he can't get his son home.

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