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The facts on turbulence: one of airline travelers’ worst fears

Whether your upcoming flight is your first or your 101st, you might always feel a sense of anxiety once the bumping and jolting in the cabin kicks in at 40,000 feet. You would not be alone – many residents of Alaska and elsewhere are mildly afraid to downright terrified of airplane turbulence. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, A Professional Corporation, we understand how scary turbulence can be. Just how dangerous is turbulence, though?

According to USA TODAY, mild to moderate turbulence is a phenomenon experienced on nearly every flight. There are constant streams of air rushing through the atmosphere, which pilots describe as akin to the currents of a river. You might be dismayed to learn that pilots do not have a scientific formula to predict how severe the turbulence of any particular flight will be. Instead, they mostly rely on reports from other pilots and air traffic controllers regarding the conditions of prior flights. Fortunately, airplanes today are built to withstand severe turbulence. A plane’s wings are meant to flex with the wind currents, creating a safer and more stable environment in the air.

The most common turbulence-related hazard you might face on a flight is being struck by falling objects or thrown from your seat by an unexpected jolt if you are not wearing your seatbelt. This is why flight attendants check the overhead compartments before taking off. It is also why pilots recommend passengers wear their seatbelts during the entire flight, even after the seatbelt lights have been turned off.

It might give you peace of mind to learn that every year, only about 34 out of hundreds of thousands of passengers are injured by turbulence. Most of them are flight attendants walking about the cabin, instead of seated passengers. Our page on aviation accidents explains more about the common airplane injuries you might face when flying.

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