Barker, 45, flew on a plane this past Saturday — making it the first time since his traumatizing crash which killed 4 people and left Barker with third-degree burns on more than half of his body.
“It’s a huge deal that Travis flew to Cabo. The plane crash many years ago was extremely traumatizing. He has needed a lot of help to get to this point,” a source tells PEOPLE.
“Kourtney has been very supportive. She never pushed for him to fly. They have managed to travel in the US without having to fly and Kourtney has been totally fine with it.”
Ten years ago, Barker and longtime collaborator DJ AM (Adam Michael Goldstein) survived after their plane crashed shortly after takeoff as they were leaving South Carolina, where they had just played a show. Goldstein died a year later from a prescription drug overdose.
Barker would embark on a tumultuous journey both mentally and physically post-accident. He walked away with third-degree burns on 65 percent of his body and underwent several surgeries and skin grafts. Barker was also dealing with “excessive” weed and prescription drug use at the time.
Barker revealed in June his plans to fly once again. “I might fly again,” he declared on Twitter.
Previously, Barker shared in an interview with Men’s Health in May that after Goldstein’s death, he decided to quit using drugs and flushed medicine, “including stuff that I really needed,” after his opioid tolerance started to rise with each surgery.
“People are always like, ‘Did you go to rehab?'” the drummer told the outlet.
“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.”
In the same interview, Barker shared how he would like to “overcome [flying],” adding, “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 my children], ‘Hey, I just flew here, and then I flew home. And everything was fine.’ I have to tell them, because I almost left them. That’s a perfect day.”
Barker said his fear of planes after the crash was so bad he recalled how he, “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,” Barker explained. “The closer I was to it, it felt like I was closer to the bad stuff than I am to the good stuff. I felt closer to the experience of trying to escape, [to] being in an accident and being burned, trying to grab my friends from a burning plane,” Barker added.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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