Turbulence is one of the most unpleasant parts of flying for many passengers and even flight attendants. Like driving a car over a rocky road, airplanes hit bumpy spots in the sky. While turbulence is not dangerous, many people still fear a bumpy ride. Fortunately, there are seats on the plane where passengers may feel more at ease.
Fear of flying
The feeling of being shaken during turbulence is one of the dreaded parts of flying for many travelers. Passengers are also usually scared of being stuck in a metal tube for hours or not having control of a vehicle like they would in a car. Booking a flight early, having extra legroom, bringing distractions such as a book or tablet, and discussing any concerns with the flight crew may help fliers enjoy a more comfortable ride. Sleeping is also a great recommendation. However, make sure to bring an eye mask, earplugs, and pillow so that a comfortable nap can be had during the flight.
What causes turbulence?
While there are several reasons why turbulence may occur, it’s important to know that the pilots are highly trained to deal with these factors and will try their best to ensure a smooth flight.
Turbulence is caused mainly by disturbances in the airflow. Weather-related issues such as high winds, clouds, or a storm can cause turbulence. Mountain ranges or random pockets of air can also cause a few bumps. Often, pilots can detect when there will be turbulence and will notify the cabin crew as well as the passengers to return to their seats and fast their seatbelts.
The best seat
The best seat on the plane to avoid turbulence is either over the wings or towards the front of the aircraft. The wings of the plane keep it balanced and smooth, whereas the tail of the aircraft can bounce up and down more.
The closer a passenger is to the front of the, plane the less turbulence they would usually feel. If a traveler sits towards the front of the wings so that the engines are behind them, not only will they feel less turbulence, but they’ll also have a quieter flight. Flying may not always be the most comfortable mission. However, making the most of it by picking the right seat and coming prepared can make all the difference by having a relaxed flight.
Commercial airline pilot Jonny Knowlson spoke with MailOnline about how to achieve a more relaxed flight. The crew member gave some tips when it came to booking a seat.
“If you’re looking for the smoothest ride, did you know sitting over the wings on a big aircraft that flies at a higher altitude will work in your favour?” Knowlson said, as reported by MailOnline.
“…sitting over the wings on a big aircraft that flies at a higher altitude will work in your favour? Being closer to the centre of the plane’s mass while forces such as lift, torque, wind, gravity, drag and thrust act upon it will mean you’ll be well placed for a smooth ride. It will be marginally quieter than by the window. Although the view is less appealing. The best spot for sleeping is probably towards the middle of your cabin away from the noise of toilets and my hard-working colleagues in the galley.”
Becoming a thing of the past?
Many airlines are working hard to ensure that their passengers have a smoother ride. For instance, Delta Air Lines services are getting less turbulence. The Atlanta-based carrier launched a Flight Weather Viewer app. The feature gives its pilots a greater understanding of the conditions they encounter across the globe. Ultimately, this tool helps pilots make better assessments on their flights.
Altogether, turbulence Is a natural occurrence in the air. However, the impact can be managed with some preparation.
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