My first flight was from JFK in NY to Heathrow in the UK. It was a 7 hour flight and I was petrified. What I did was booked the Red Eye flight that left JFK at midnight. I stayed up all day long so that I was exhausted by the time the flight took off. I was scared when I boarded the plane but as soon as we took off, I got a pillow and blanket. The next thing I remembered was being woken up by the announcement that we were landing. I did the same thing going back to JFK.
I've flown several times in my life on an airline. It makes me very nervous thinking what if the plane might crash?