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08/10/2013 05:37 BST | Updated 23/01/2014 18:58 GMT

Joe Thompson, Boy Who Had To Be Hypnotised To Get On Plane, Says He Will Fly Again (VIDEO)

Joe Thompson, the schoolboy who had to be hypnotised to get on a plane back to Britain because of his extreme fear, has said he will fly again.

The 12-year-old and his father, Tony, were forced to stay in Abu Dhabi for an extra a year at a reported cost of £40,000 in cancelled flights and further accommodation.

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Joe Thompson prepares to take off from Dubai

His mother and sister had returned to their family home in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, to help provide an income.

After four previous failed attempts to board a plane, Joe landed at Heathrow Airport on Monday after being hypnotised.

Speaking to ITV's Daybreak, he thanked hypnotherapist Russell Hemmings, who worked with him to overcome his fear.

"It feels great, just amazing," he said.

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Hypnotist Russell Hemmings talks to Joe ahead of the flight

"I can't believe I did it. Without Russell none of this would have worked.

"He cares about me. He's not just my hypnotherapist, he's my friend. He's never doubted what I can do. He always say 'You can, you can'.

"A lot of the time I'd be shivering, I'd be so scared I couldn't move.

"It would just be terrifying for me and my parents."

The family moved to the United Arab Emirate four years ago when Mr Thompson started work there.

Joe said he believed an ear infection during a flight sparked his phobia.

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Joe hugs his father, Tony Thompson, as their plane lands at Heathrow

"I think I developed it when I had a cold and I had an ear infection when I flew," he told Daybreak.

"It was extremely painful and I just kept remembering that pain."

Joe's mother, Pauline, said: "It was just such a relief to have him back.

"We were running out of options."

Asked whether he would fly again, Joe replied: "Yes, definitely."