Air travel is very fun because we get to be miles and miles away from the ground, we get to see the majestic clouds right next to us, and watch the veins of cities from high above peacefully.
But during all this, the passengers tend to have one fear that could truly give them a phobia of flying and lead them to have nightmares.
Yes, we are definitely talking about turbulence, the thing that made the best of us experience anxieties and heart attacks. I mean, how can you be relaxed when you are up in the sky, inside a metallic box with other hundreds of people, and then turbulence comes along to make you feel like it is the end of your life in a horrifying way?
They say that the best way to get over a fear is by understanding it, accepting it, and then slowly, it will fade away. This is why we have collected for you everything you need to know about turbulence in order to get over your fear, and to also help you be a little more relaxed during your trip!
#1 – It is not that scary
Even though it is the number one concern of travelers, turbulence is perfectly normal during a flight and it rarely when it puts a plane in jeopardy.
According to pilots, it is very rare when turbulence causes an injury to a passenger or damage to the aircraft, which makes it mostly a matter of convenience and comfort more than a safety issue.
To define turbulence, it is the air pressure, nearby storms, temperature differentials, jet streams, air caused by the wind, weather fronts, and other conditions. Basically, the turbulence you experience is categorized by many things, from light to extreme.
If we looked at it from a scientific perspective, we would realize that turbulence is nothing but wind, and it is not that scary, even the pilots don’t even think twice about it.
#2 – But it can get bad…
After understanding that turbulence is nothing but wind, you can actually breathe a sigh of relief knowing it is not a life-threatening situation. However, you should prepare yourself because turbulence will get worse in the upcoming years, thanks to the man-made climate change.
The storms are getting a lot more violent and the chaos will be a lot stronger, but don’t worry, not all flights will be like flying into a “hurricane”.
Just keep in mind that they are not that dangerous, and you will survive it just like all planes do… Breathe, relax, and enjoy the chaos.
#3 – The plane is not going down
There is still a high chance you would feel like you are about to see the light of the other side, but we are here to assure you that nothing dangerous is happening. Did you know that turbulence was involved in a plane crash only a few times?
Of course, turbulence can still be a serious matter and cause a few injuries, but it doesn’t mean it will bring the entire aircraft to the ground.
And by the way, most injuries happen during turbulence to the passengers who weren’t wearing their seat belts. The airline staff is most likely to be injured due to the nature of their job and responsibilities!
#4 – It is not always avoidable
Before getting into a plane, you have to accept the fact that turbulence will happen, regardless of where you are or what time it is, nothing would guarantee a respite from turbulence.
However, flying around the mountains would probably cause more turbulence due to the strong air currents, but the aircrew always does their best to minimize it.
However, we have to be grateful to modern technology because the airline meteorologists provide planes up-to-the-minute weather updates in order to keep them off the worst areas. Pilots, also, keep helping each other by giving constant updates.
When the turbulence can’t be avoided, the pilots will do their best to slow their craft down and to decrease the shakiness as much as possible.
#5 – It is worse in the back of the aircraft
Bigger planes like 747s and A380s are capable to absorb turbulence better than small planes, but there are no fast or hard rules about which plane is better at handling it. In people’s minds, some planes feel a lot bumpier than others, but that mostly depends on which seat you are sitting on.
Your friends in first class will not be feeling as rough as you if you were sitting in Row 40, and the best seats that wouldn’t feel it smoother than others are the one seated in the center of the aircraft over the wing.
If you are sitting in the back of the plane, then expect to feel more bumps than the others, but again, there is nothing to worry about!
#6 – Buckle your seatbelt!
We believe that by now, you understand that the seatbelt sign is not something the pilots do only to keep you from using the bathroom. Once you are asked to wear your seatbelt, wear it!
You don’t even have to wait for the crew to tell you, once you feel the bumps, you should get into your seat and buckle up – Only smart passengers do this. When turbulence happens, give yourself a good talk and be convinced that this is normal.
It is only the air around the aircraft and it is completely natural… Stay calm and get rid of all your worries, and by staying calm, you will help many other passengers to stay calm, too.