As a flight attendant, it’s our job to ensure the cabin is safe and secure. Just as one worker may be used to sitting in a cubicle for 40 hours a week, pilots and flight attendants are used to having their offices in the air and have dealt with all sorts of situations as well as various turbulence levels. Cabin Crews are never scared of turbulence and are highly trained to react and deal with turbulence and other on-board situations that may arise.
What causes Turbulence
A few bumps is an inevitable aspect of any plane ride whether it be a short distance or long haul flight. Pilots are trained in coping with turbulence and will attempt to make the flight as smooth as possible. Weather is typically a common cause of turbulence and pilots will typically fly a route that goes around any storm. The direction of travel, winds, mountains, oceans, jet streams, and heat can all cause various levels of turbulence.
As a Florida and New York based flight attendant, I have flown through rain storms as well as snow storms. Each flight the pilots have found safe routes with minimal turbulence. Typically, the pilots are able to inform the crew and or cabin of the exact times turbulence may occur. At times, pilots have asked my crew and I to take a jump seat or any seat to avoid injury during turbulence. I have also taken a regular passenger seat while mid cabin and actually sat on a passenger’s lap to avoid falling during more severe turbulence. It’s important to understand that safety is always first and that we all should work together to ensure all passengers and crew remain safe in the air.
One of the most common questions amongst fearful flyers is about turbulence. Nervous flyers may also be anxious since they feel as if they have no control over the “vehicle”, they may feel stuck inside the tube, they may get claustrophobic, or the passenger may have a fear of falling. When passengers inquire about turbulence, I find it important to not only ensure them that they are safe, but also take the time to help them understand what turbulence really is. Turbulence is normal while flying and is the same thing as driving a car and hitting a few bumps in the road. Also, flight attendants go about their lives flying so why would it really be that treacherous since most flight attendants and pilots absolutely love their jobs.
Cope with Turbulence
The best ways to cope with turbulence is to simply fasten your seatbelt. A passenger should always have their seatbelt fastened while seated even If the seatbelt sign is off. It is also best to sit in the front of the aircraft since its usually less bumpy than the rear. If you are fearful, try and keep yourself busy by sleeping, reading a book, or watching a movie. Keep yourself hydrated and make sure to eat a meal or snacks. Once again, ensure that your seatbelt is fastened and enjoy the ride. After all, flying still remains as the safest mode of transportation today. Get on a plane and explore this big and beautiful world!