Continental Turbulence and Fear of Flying

Does the recent Continental airplane turbulence incident make you fear flying even more?

Airplane Turbulence Safety

I’m not surprised.

That’s because the media focused on the emotional stories of the passengers after they had an emergency landing in Miami. One after the other, the terrified passengers shared their stories with the media. One bumped her head so hard on the panels above that it cracked the plastic as well as her head.

These stories could turn even the most fearless fliers into a fearful flier in a jiffy. The media likes to focus on these emotional stories. Even better when they are hysterical!

It seemed to come out of nowhere, but as I explained yesterday, turbulence is possible even in clear weather.

Since it was in the middle of the night, many people had taken their seatbelt off so they could stretch out and sleep under a blanket. A blanket may make you feel snug and safe but it’s no substitute for your seatbelt.

The fact is that every single one of the injuries of the twenty six people who were hurt was unnecessary. If each and every one of them had been wearing their seatbelt during the flight, no one would have been hurt, the interior of the cabin would not have been damaged and there would have been no need to divert the plane to Miami for an emergency landing.

In our everyday life, we take precautions for our own safety. We look before we cross the street. We lock our doors at night. We keep our wallet in a safe place.

Instead of focusing on the stories of fear and hysteria, I want you to focus on what you can do for your own safety. Next time you fly, take some safety precautions.

Listen to your pilots and flight attendants when they give safety announcements. The flight attendants are on board for your safety.

The simple action of fastening your seatbelt during flight will make flying safer for you.

Allow this to give you peace of mind and reduce your fear of flying.

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One Response to “Continental Turbulence and Fear of Flying”

  • R3light:

    Dear Pilot DJ Frost,

    Thank you for your feedback on the matter. I am very interested in knowning mroe about turbulence.

    I would like to ask, how often can turbulence be a real danger to the aircraft it self? I have been a frequent flyer and I have witnessed plenty of unexpected and strong shakes while crusing. I live in Europe and most aicraft I get on are CRJ300’s (this one get very affected by turbulence) and Airbus 320/321. Most times I hear the aircraft structure (screws, metals, plastics) when in strong turbulence. How dangerous this can be? I know that aicrafts are tested in extreme conditions, but how do you define these “extreme conditions”?

    I do have some kind of fear of flying, but I have no option but to fly to my woman across Europe. However it usually gets very unpleasant during take-offs and crusing (I love landings though, as hard they may be) due to turbulece (sometimes I feel the aircraft will just split apart during strong ones).

    Best regards,
    From Greece.