I find turbulence soothing in a rocking-the-pram kind of way. But I know that for a lot of travellers, turbulence is terrifying and some don’t take overseas holidays because of it.
Here’s some information to help you get through it…
Turbulence is common
Air flows are affected by mountains, hot land mass, oceans, clouds, storms etc. It’s an everyday occurrence and one that pilots navigate around wherever possible. They also do a bunch of things like slow the plane down before going through a turbulent area to make the ride smoother – a bit like steering a boat on rough seas.
Turbulence can be spotted early
Thanks to their whizz-bang gadgets, pilots can be prepared for turbulence before it strikes and make sure everyone is belted in and no one spills their coffee – least of all them. They use weather charts, radar and information from pilots up ahead. They can read cloud formations and know how terrain affects the air. New technology using lasers is being developed to help pilots read clean-air turbulence too.