From Ultimate Guitar:
Robert Smith of the Cure, too, once had a fear of flying. Not that he’s
managed to cope with his phobia, but rather because there was no phobia,
at all. As he later confessed to Blender magazine, "Around the time of
Disintegration, we were so in demand that I figured if I said I was
scared of flying, we could cut down the number of things that I did… So
for about three years, 1989 to 1992, I kept the pretense that I had this
phobia about flying."