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Is Travis Barker afraid of flying? Kourtney Kardashian helps rapper break 13-year streak

Travis Barker recently boarded a flight with Kourtney Kardashian on their way to a vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
UPDATED AUG 15, 2021
Travis Barker attends the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on FOX at Microsoft Theater on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Travis Barker attends the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on FOX at Microsoft Theater on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Travis Barker reached a major milestone on Saturday when he flew for the first time since surviving a horrific plane accident nearly 13 years ago, news outlets reported on Saturday, August 14.

The 45-year-old drummer for Blink-182 was spotted boarding a private plane with his 42-year-old girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian at his side for moral support. The pair vacationed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with Kourtney's mother Kris Jenner, 65, and her boyfriend Corey Gamble, 40.


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Barker recently gave the Internet a bit of a scare when his Instagram story featured a mystery shot of a vial of his blood, which Kourtney Kardashian retweeted early in June. Earlier in 2018, Barker filed a lawsuit against the medical center which he claims is responsible for his ongoing health issues, as he was suffering from blood clots in his arms. On Saturday, Barker was seen fighting his fears after he was seen bravely boarding a flight even after a serious mishap from 13 years ago.


Travis was initially seen preparing to board a plane at an airstrip in Camarillo, California, the Daily Mail reported. He and Kourtney were said to be late for the flight, and Kris and Corey looked to have waited for approximately an hour on the plane before driving up. He and Kourtney hugged before boarding the plane, and she held his hand as they walked up to their stairs. The trio flew to Mexico on a $72.8 million white jet with pink stripes owned by Kourtney Jenner's younger sister Kylie Jenner. Kylie bought the plane from Global Express before the current coronavirus outbreak began.

Barker was on the Learjet 60 business jet operating for Global Exec Aviation that crashed during take-off from Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina on September 19, 2008. The crash killed four of the six individuals on board. Travis Barker, a musician, and Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, a CD jockey, was seriously injured. After their TRV$DJAM band's performance at a concert in Five Points, the aircraft was scheduled to transport Barker, Goldstein, and their entourage to Van Nuys, California. Both suffered second and third-degree burns and received skin grafts. Goldstein suffers from a post-traumatic stress disorder and as of 2019, had not flown on a plane again.


Recently, Barker, who had a fear of flying even before the crash, wrote that he "might fly again" 12 years after the deadly plane crash. He told Men's Health in a May interview that the collision inspired him to stop taking prescription medications. "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."

Barker was struck with crippling terror after the disaster, even at the sight of an airplane. "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. 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.


Barker had the words 'Survivors guilt' tattooed on his forearms last month, indicating that the tragedy has been on his mind recently, the Mail reported. He may have gained some confidence as a result of his relationship with Kourtney Kardashian, a frequent flyer and traveler. She and the rest of the Kardashian–Jenner family travel the world on premium private aircraft on a regular basis.