For some people, flying can be an enjoyable experience. For others,
traveling is fun, except when they have to be on the plane. One of the worst
experiences when flying is turbulence. A turbulent flight rarely causes plane
crashes, but it’s still bothering. Some people feel uneasy once their plane
starts to terribly shake. If you’re one of them, these are some tips
to help you stay calm.
You will only increase your chances of getting injured when you’re not
in your seat and you don’t put on your seatbelt. Turbulence is normal when
flying, and it’s usually harmless. However, if you’re not seated and you didn’t
put your seatbelt on, it could be problematic. It’s the reason why the flight
attendant makes an announcement to ensure that everyone goes back to their
seats immediately, including those who are in the toilet.
Breathe in and out
You have to breathe in and out to calm yourself down. Try breathing in
and hold your breath for seven seconds before blowing out a huge exhale. You
can repeat the process several times until you start to calm down.
Have faith in your pilot
Your pilot trained for years before receiving a license to fly a
commercial plane. These pilots have accumulated thousands of flying hours. Even
junior pilots are experienced. They know how to navigate difficult weather
conditions. They also have training on how to stay calm and focused even in the
most delicate situations. Your pilot can handle the turbulence, and you
shouldn’t fear it at all.
Think about how sturdy your plane is
Commercial planes are built to withstand turbulence. It’s also designed
to survive a direct lightning hit. Some of these planes have been around for
years, and they still remain in excellent condition. Cars are even riskier to
drive and have caused more deaths over the years. Before planes fly, they are
checked by several people, including engineers. If there are repair issues,
your plane wouldn’t be allowed to fly. The moment it gets a go signal; it
means that it’s safe. The crashes that happened in the past were also
investigated and the results were used to improve the design of modern planes.
Keep yourself busy
You have to entertain yourself during a flight. Check if your plane has
an in-flight entertainment system where you can watch movies and concerts. If
not, you have to bring your laptop and phone. Make sure you are fully charged
especially if it’s a long flight. You can also bring a book to read in case
your phone shuts down. If you already run out of things to do, you
should sleep. It’s the reason why you have make yourself exhausted so
before and during the flight so you can sleep along the way. Once you’re
asleep, you wouldn’t feel the turbulence anymore.
It takes a while to get used to the shaking of the plane. Even
experienced travelers still fear turbulence at times. You need to relax and
hope for the best.
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