If you have a fear of flying or heights then there is a good chance that you find yourself a lot more fearful than others in times of turbulence during a flight. To conquer this fear, it is important to understand why and how the turbulence occurred. You see, it is simple to assume that there is something wrong with the aircraft or jump to the conclusion that we are in life-threatening danger but the truth is far from it. Aircraft are complicated technologies but the chance of you losing your life on a flight is lower than the risk of death by texting and driving. While some facts about aircraft may seem peculiar, they are very normal. For example, most flights end up not having a working engine. Since the airplane has more than one engine, this doesn’t bother the flight nor does it alarm the pilots. It is more common than you would think.
Similarly, if you have ever experienced a wavy feeling while flying then that is probably because you entered an air pocket. It may seem like you are about to plummet down like a cartoon but again it is a natural experience, that although scary, does not usually hold a major risk. An air pocket is when two winds traveling in opposite directions coincide with each other forcing them downwards. So, when an aircraft enters an air pocket, it is pushed downwards by the wind.
However, the airplane is usually able to avoid most air pockets with the right planning and if they accidentally do enter one, then they would usually just fly out with nothing more than a little turbulence. The important thing is the stay calm and attentive during all fights so you follow all the instructions for your safety and leave the rest of the responsibility up to the professionals.