Travis Barker shocked his fans on Friday when he tweeted that he might ride on an airplane in the future, more than a decade after he last set foot on one.
The 45-year-old Blink-182 drummer was last on a plane during a deadly 2008 accident, in which the private jet he was aboard crashed shortly after takeoff, killing four and leaving him as one of only two survivors.
His renewed confidence comes amid his burgeoning relationship with his longtime friend Kourtney Kardashian, who regularly flies across the world in private jets.
Back in the air? Travis Barker surprised his fans on Friday when he tweeted that he might fly on an airplane again, after avoiding them for nearly 13 years after a deadly 2008 crash. His renewed confidence comes amid his burgeoning relationship with his longtime friend Kourtney Kardashian, who regularly flies across the world in private jets
Travis tweeted, ‘I might fly again,’ and his fans quickly launched adoring tweets in support of him returning to the sky.
‘Wow bro! Strong move, but I never doubted your strength!’ tweeted a supportive fan.
Another person replied that they were impressed ‘that he could us his bus for long [sic]’ and that ‘he’s almost ready to leave the bus behind!’
One user admitted to sharing Travis’ traumatizing experience with her children.
‘This is an amazing step for someone with your past,’ she wrote.
Shocker: Travis tweeted, ‘I might fly again,’ and his fans quickly launched adoring tweets in support of him returning to the sky
Supportive: ‘Wow bro! Strong move, but I never doubted your strength!’ tweeted a supportive fan, while another person marveled that he’d been using a bus for so long
They have his back: Others recounted how they overcame their fears following plane crashes to show it was possible to fly again
One user had shared in the experience of being in a plane crash, though they were eventually able to get back in the air.
‘It took me years to fly again,’ they admitted. ‘I fly all the time now, but every once and awhile the fear creeps back in. Breathing helps.
‘I hope you make it back up one day,’ they added.
Travis has recently been opening up about the trauma he experienced during his 2008 plane crash.
In a May interview with Men’s Health, he shared that the crash helped motivate him to stop abusing prescription drugs.
‘People are always like, ‘Did you go to rehab?” he recounted. ‘And I [say], ‘No, I was in a plane crash.’ That was my rehab. Lose three of your friends and almost die? That was my wake-up call. If I wasn’t in a crash, I would have probably never quit.’
Terrifying: Travis was on a plane in South Carolina with his assistant, body guard and friend Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein when a tired blew during takeoff; seen in 2008
Devastating: The plane overshot the runway and crossed a highway before crashed into an embankment and bursting into flames. All but Barker and Goldstein were killed; seen in 2008
Late at night on September 19, 2008, Travis boarded a private jet in South Carolina to head back to Los Angeles following a show, while accompanied by his friend Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein, his security guard Charles ‘Che’ Still, and his assistant Chris Baker.
As the small plane was attempting to take off, one of its tires suffered a blow out, causing the craft to overshoot the runway, burst through the airport’s fence and over the nearby highway, and finally crash into the embankment on the side of the road.
The pilot, Sarah Lemmon, and the co-pilot, James Bland, were killed within minutes from smoke inhalation and burns as the plane erupted into flames on impact, according to the Chicago Tribune. Still and Baker were also killed on impact.
Travis and Adamwere able to escape from the burning plane via an emergency exit over the wing, but both were engulfed in flames as they slid down the wing and got covered in burning jet fuel.
The drummer had third-degree burns over 65 percent of his body and had to spend three months in the hospital while having skin grafts and 26 surgeries to repair the damage.
After the crash, Travis was overcome with a debilitating fear even at the sight of an airplane
Traumatized: In a May interview for Men’s Health, the drummer recounted not even being able to look at a plane in the sky after the crash. That month he tattooed ‘Survivors guilt’ on his arms
‘I was dark… I couldn’t walk down the street. If I saw a plane [in the sky], I was determined it was going to crash, and I just didn’t want to see it,’ he said, adding that he was ‘haunted’ by the experience of ‘being burned’ and ‘trying to grab my friends from a burning plane.’
But he also struck a more hopeful not now that nearly 13 years have passed since the crash.
‘Now it’s been so many years, it’s getting easier for me. There are days where I’ll wake up and never think about it,’ he said.
The incident has certainly been on his mind recently, as last month he got the words ‘Survivors guilt’ tattooed on his forearms.
Travis may have some newfound confidence thanks to his girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian, who’s a noted flier and traveler.
She and the rest of the Kardashian–Jenner family regular travel across the globe on elite private jets, though she’s had to stay on the ground when traveling with her musician boyfriend due to his debilitating fear.
She regularly shares the highlights from her international trips to her Poosh lifestyle site, though her trips were curtailed amid the ongoing pandemic.
The reality star doesn’t appear to have any issues traveling by air, as evidenced by a 2019 Keeping Up With The Kardashians episode in which she gushed about how much she enjoyed traveling with her children now that they were getting older.
Since she’s taken countless private jet rides, she may be the perfect person to accompany Travis on a short flight.
Supportive: She regularly shares the highlights from her international trips to her Poosh lifestyle site, making her an ideal companion if Travis decides he’s ready for a flight; seen on Thursday in West Hollywood
The drummer certainly wants to get back in the air, despite how terrifying the idea might be.
‘I have to,’ he said in his Men’s Health interview. ‘I want to make the choice to try and overcome it.’
The musician added that he yearns for the normal, everyday feeling of returning home from a plane trip.
‘If I do it, and the angels above help me in my travels and keep me safe, I would like to come back and [tell them], ‘Hey, I just flew here, and then I flew home. And everything was fine.’ I have to tell them, because I almost left them,’ Travis said, adding, ‘That’s a perfect day.’