A Passenger’s Guide to Turbulence

The flight’s going well and dinner was surprisingly tasty. The crew were warm and engaging. You’re enjoying a film with a glass of wine before getting some sleep. Then it begins.

First it’s just a few ripples. Your wine starts to slosh around in the glass. It’s fine. You got this. Then, that little drop. A quick glance out the window doesn’t tell you much. Another rumble. The seat belt sign comes on. Urgh, here we go.

Sound familiar? For millions of passengers every day, this is an all too familiar sensation. You know it’s safe, you’ve read the stats. But still, that anxiety lingers. What’s really going on though? How can I deal with it? And are the pilots hanging on for dear life?

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