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How NOT To Handle Turbulence

by SharonKurheg

When you’re on a plane and hit a patch of turbulence, you know the drill  – the seat belt sign goes on, you stay in your seat, and if it’s really bad, you cross your fingers a little tighter.

This is what you hope doesn’t happen during one of those times…

Heads up, this has some adult language and is NSFW:


OK, seriously, the last thing you want to do with turbulence – even major turbulence, is to freak out. Turbulence is nothing more than a change in airflow and if it helps at all, know that your pilot, as well as your cabin crew, are well trained and have lots of experience in handling this and keeping you safe, even when your brain is thinking the plane is going to break apart and fall out of the sky any second. It’s not.

But if you can’t help yourself, these are some things you CAN do to keep yourself as calm as possible during turbulence:

Get rid of your adrenaline.

When you’re feeling stressed, your body is going to pump out bunches of adrenaline, which know is happening if you have that nervous/scared feeling in your body. Try to get yourself to relax. Alternately tense and then relax each part of your body, starting with your toes and then working your way up. Isolate each muscle group while focusing as much as possible on tightening, breathing, and then relaxing a few seconds later. This will help your body release some of that adrenaline but will also get you to focus on something else besides how scared you are.

Distract yourself

Do anything that can get your mind off the turbulence. Listen to music. Play a game on your phone if you can. Watch something on your screen. Pray, if that’s something you do in your everyday life (a really good example is reciting Bible verses you know by heart), Anything to get your mind to think of something else for a while.

Decrease the amount of the place’s surface area that your body touches

This one sounds odd, but it makes sense. If you have the window seat, don’t lean against the wall. Don’t hold onto the armrest for dear life, either. Either of those will transfer more of the plane’s movement to your body, which could get you even more upset.

Enjoy your day, y’all! 😉

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1 comment

UnitedEF January 8, 2021 - 10:09 am

I did not see take a couple of sips of your scotch anywhere….


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