Yes, my friend has aviophobia — or the fear of flying — and enjoys freaking people out with random snippets like this.
It’s not hard to be paranoid hearing something like that before you get onto a plane; or think the worst when you experience turbulence over an extended period of time.
The two main fears of flying are 1) the plane will crash/explode/get hijacked; 2) to lose of self-control on a flight e.g. panic-attack or claustrophobia.
If you do have symptoms of aviophobia, it might make you feel better that you are far from alone. Approximately every 1 in 8 people are afraid of flying (a high percentage of which are high-powered executives), and approximately 6-million flights are not taken annually because of the same. This explains why the number of courses and programs you can take to overcome this fear is on the increase.