Learning To Fly: A Mixtape For The Airplane-Averse : Alt.Latino Some of us aren't so keen on flying. From Alt.Latino, here's a collection of songs to get you from takeoff to landing, with something for every little bump in between.
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Learning To Fly: A Mixtape For The Airplane-Averse

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I'm not going to lie: One of the worst things that can happen to you on your vacation is sitting next to me on an airplane. There is nothing I hate more than flying, and as Alt.Latino co-host Felix Contreras can attest, I sometimes take out my anxiety on whoever's nearby.

It's all very unfortunate, given how much I have to travel, but I've come up with a few ways to ease my fears. A window seat goes a long way, as does a glass of wine or two, but most important is good music. One of the best things that's happened to me was when airlines started letting passengers listen to music on headphones during takeoff.

For this week's episode of Alt.Latino, I'm sharing some of the songs that accompany me when I have to fly. It's just a handful of tracks, so if you have Spotify, I invite you to check out some others. And, if you have songs that calm your nerves when you're flying, please share them with us in the comments — I can guarantee that your suggestions will come in handy.

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Sly & The Family Stone

  • Song: Hot Fun in the Summer Time
  • from Beach Classics, Vols. 3 & 4
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Beach Classics, Vols. 3 & 4
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Beach Classics, Vols. 3 & 4
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Various Artists
Label
Surfside Records
Released
1997

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Pink Floyd

  • Song: Learning to Fly
  • from Best of Pink Floyd: A Foot in the Door
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Best of Pink Floyd: A Foot in the Door
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Best of Pink Floyd: A Foot in the Door
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Pink Floyd
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Parlophone
Released
2011

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Astro

  • Song: Panda
  • from Astro
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Astro
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Astro
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Astro
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Nacional Records
Released
2012

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Mala Rodriguez

  • Song: Quien Manda Aqui
  • from Bruja
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Bruja
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Bruja
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Mala Rodriguez

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David Bowie

  • Song: Heroes [Single Version]
  • from Best of Bowie
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Best of Bowie
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David Bowie
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Virgin

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Café Tacvba

  • Song: Chica Banda
  • from Café Tacuba
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Café Tacuba
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Café Tacuba
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Café Tacuba
Label
WEA Latina
Released
1992

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Bomba Estéreo

  • Song: Mar (Lo Que Siento)
  • from Amanecer
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Amanecer
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Amanecer
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Bomba Estéreo
Label
Sony Music Latin
Released
2015

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Calle 13

  • Song: La Perla Feat. Rubén Blades Y La Chilinga
  • from Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo
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Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo
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Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo
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Calle 13
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Sony International
Released
2008

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Big Tymers

  • Song: Sunny Day
  • from Hood Rich
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Hood Rich
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Hood Rich
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Big Tymers
Label
Cash Money Records
Released
2002

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Alshire Hollywood Pops Orchestra

  • Song: Raiders March
  • from 20 Greatest Movie Hits
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FM Attack (feat. Julian Sanza)

  • Song: Fade Away
  • from Fade Away
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War

  • Song: Summer
  • from Romancing the '60s [Time]
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Romancing the '60s [Time]
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Romancing the '60s [Time]
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Various Artists
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Time
Released
2013

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