If you've ever been on a plane, the odds are that you've experienced some turbulence. Turbulence is that bumpy, choppy sensation you feel as the plane hits a rough air pocket. Turbulence can range from slight to severe bouncing, pitching and rolling.
Even mild turbulence can shift objects in the overhead bins and send drinks flying off tray tables. Severe turbulence can make walking difficult and send loose items flying about the cabin. You can be assured that the plane is built to withstand these conditions. However, severe turbulence can result in injuries.
Here are some strategies to protect yourself from the effects of turbulence:
Turbulence is an issue the aviation industry takes seriously. The Federal Aviation Administration recently launched a campaign to educate the flying public about turbulence and the importance of wearing a seat belt. In addition, the aviation industry is working to develop technologies that aid flight crews in identifying and avoiding severe patches of turbulence.
- Always wear your seat belt when seated.
- Hold on to the seat backs or overhead bins when walking in the cabin.
- Listen to all safety announcements and follow flight crew instructions.
- Remain calm if turbulence occurs.
- Be careful when opening overhead bins following turbulence.