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How to stay calm during airplane turbulence

25 April 2017 · 2 min read
Travel to Dublin

Traveling by plane might not be something for everyone. However, a world without planes has become unimaginable nowadays. It has become so easy to be in Europe one day and in New Zealand the other. Distance has lost its importance by the use of planes.

Not all people feel comfortable with losing the soil beneath their feet and if you’re one of those, you might be interested in reading the below:

What is turbulence?

Turbulence is part of flying by plane. It usually occurs, even if you’re not noticing it but pilots know how to handle it. The most frequent turbulence is the Clear Air Turbulence, also called CAT. This is nothing more than two different masses of air at different speeds hitting each other. These are caused by jet streams or thunderstorms. The good news is that they are not very dangerous and easy to handle for a pilot. Besides, a plane cannot be turned upside down by turbulence.

Take precautions:

Make sure to reserve a seat you’re comfortable with. Some people don’t like to sit in the middle because they get claustrophobic reactions. Others prefer to sit at the window and others again on the aisle seat to be close to the exit and bathroom. For a small charge, Ryanair and other flight companies let you choose your seat. Make sure you use the bathroom before take-off so you don’t need to get up in case of any turbulence.

During the flight:

Always put any loose items away. Stay seated if you can and make sure to always have your seat belt fixed. You should always keep hydrated since plane air conditioning tends to be very dry. Try to relax as much as you can. Stay occupied by watching movies, playing cards with your seating partners or simply read some newspaper or a book. Don’t forget to read the safety precautions. Most importantly, if they occur, stay calm and relaxed and let the pilot do his job.


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