When to Be Scared on a Flight

Flying to Chang Rei on Thai Smile

I know a ton of people are afraid to fly or get really nervous in turbulence. I used to be so scared that you couldn’t get me on a plane for three years. But that was 25 years ago, and I’ve been averaging three flights a week since.

Even though I overcame my fear of flying, for a while I would still get nervous when we hit moderate to severe turbulence (the latter doesn’t happen very often). Since then, I’ve learned to be calm, and a big part of that was the time a pilot told me to think of chops on a flight like going down a bumpy road in a car.

What made me even calmer was a flight attendant later telling me that there’s no point getting scared unless you see multiple nervous flight attendants—and if you do, it’s time to say your Hail Marys. Fortunately, I haven’t witnessed that yet, and I pray I never do.

Related: Travel Website of the Week: MyFlightForecast.com’s Turbulence Forecast

 

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