Cabin crew fly for a living and tend to have experienced all manner of things on board. Turbulence is one occurrence that often leaves passengers feeling nervous, however for flight crew its just part of the job.
While it is widely acknowledged that turbulence, for the most part, is unlikely to cause any major danger, anxious fliers may still dread when their flight runs into a patch of rough air.
Turbulence is caused by chaotic changes in the air pressure or winds surrounding the plane and is often felt by passengers as a series of bumps.
Though a common part of flying, it can be unsettling for nervous passengers.
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The seatbelt signs are usually put on by the pilot when turbulence is ahead
However, one former cabin crew member has revealed that where you sit on the plane could make all of the difference.
In a Reddit forum, the flight attendant wrote: “Try to get a seat assignment near the front of the aircraft.
“Turbulence is always going to be worst in the back of the aircraft.”
This suggestion was further supported by a pilot, however, they suggested opting for the middle, rather than the front.
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The pilot explained: “Typically toward the middle of the aircraft. I know from experience things are usually more exaggerated from either end.”
He went on to explain that turbulence can’t always be detected, which is why it can sometimes seem to come from nowhere.
However, this doesn’t mean it is anything to worry about.
“Generally we do our best to give y’all the most comfortable ride you can while trying our best to be really or on time,” explains the pilot.
Cabin crew are used to turbulence
“But the only way to track turbulence is 1) watch out for storms or 2) ask pilots ahead who are ahead what their ride is like.
“Even then it can just develop at any altitude with no warning and no way to detect it until we’re already flying through.”
Turbulence is usually rated in four different categories: light, moderate, severe and extreme.
The definition for severe turbulence says the “aircraft may be momentarily out of control.”
Extreme turbulence is defined as “turbulence in which the aircraft is violently tossed about and is practically impossible to control. It may cause structural damage.”
Experts say that it is very rare that a passenger will experience the latter.
Additionally, airline pilot Patrick Smith recommends passengers think of turbulence in the same way they do “potholes” on a road
“In all honesty, passengers should never worry about turbulence,” he told Express.co.uk.
“The aircraft is designed to take the stress and strain of turbulence. For example, it’s like designing a car with good enough suspension to drive over a rough surface road with potholes.”