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Is the turbulence zone dangerous?

Is the turbulence zone dangerous?

It is known that a small shake is useful for the body. Maybe it`s true if only you are not on the plane.

All passengers know the concept of turbulence. For most, it is a terrible phenomenon. This zone causes awful pictures of wrecking in the head and a tide of panic. But is it worth worrying? What is the area of turbulence, is it dangerous? AirAdvisor will share answers.

Regular changes in air flows, changes in temperature, pressure, wind speed and direction affect the density of the atmosphere. The aircraft begins to vibrate in zones where this occurs most clearly. 

It can be a slight swing or a strong shaking. The reasons for their occurrence are:

  • intersection of flows of different density
  • swirling from the ends of the wings which fly ahead
  • partial heating of the earth's surface

Some believe that turbulence occurs when the aircraft pass through the clouds. It's not true. Only thunderclouds and cumulus clouds can exert an increased load on the aircraft, causing a sway. But they are clearly visible on the locator, so the pilots bypass them. Based on the weather forecast data, the pilot makes a route in advance before the flight.

Errors occur only in long-distance flights. How strong shaking will be felt depends on the aircraft: small and light ones are swinging more, huge and heavy liners are more stable.


Human factor

The panic of passengers is the main reason of why the zone of turbulence can be dangerous. A feeling of fear arises when a person does not understand what is happening to him, what are the causes of shaking.

Moreover, there is a load on the vestibular apparatus. Some begin to perceive a slight decrease in height as a fall, and the slightest incline - like turning the machine around its axis.

As a rule, it is not difficult to predict the passage of such a zone. Therefore, cabin attendants inform in advance about the need to take the seats and fasten the seatbelts. This way you not only protect yourself, but also protect other passengers.


Helpful Tips

AirAdvisor shares the techniques that will help make the flight with maximum comfort:

  • To facilitate the flight you can start at the registration stage, choose a place near the cockpit, closer to the middle. In this part of the jet, turbulence will be felt a little less.
  • If you are prone to motion sickness, you can take special pills in advance, get packs for vomiting (you probably will not need them, but you'll feel safer having them).
  • Breathe deeply and try to relax the muscles. Try to deceive your body, imitating complete relaxation.

Almost 90% of flights pass through the shaking zone during the flight. Note that for 120 years of aviation, air transport disasters were rare for this reason.

Fly with a pleasure and do not worry, the zone of turbulence is not as dangerous as it seems.

So you've overcome your fear of turbulence but your flight got cancelled or delayed. Don't worry. According to the European law, you might be entitled to EU261 compensation of up to €600 (£520)


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