I’m a pilot and this is what I want you to know about turbulence: ‘Does it scare you?’
- Pilot talks about turbulence while flying
- Claims it is unlikely to shoot down a plane
You’re more likely to be flattened by a falling coconut on vacation than to be involved in a plane crash due to turbulence, one pilot claims.
Garrett Ray, who uses social media to talk about his love of flying, made a video to allay travelers’ concerns about in-flight turbulence.
The US-based pilot explained that people are more likely to be akin to royalty or win a gold medal than experience an emergency from turbulence in the sky.
He added that holidaymakers are also more likely to be “ambushed” and “knocked unconscious by a falling coconut” than to be involved in a crash on a commercial airliner as a result.
Garrett Ray, who uses social media to talk about his love of flying, made a video to allay travelers’ concerns about in-flight turbulence
He said it’s “safe to say” that turbulence is most people’s biggest fear in the sky, but he wanted to shake up that perspective.
“Fly fearlessly, but on your beach trips beware of those real culprits in the palm trees,” he said.
The pilot’s TikTok has more than 507,000 followers. He uses the platform to help others discover the love of flying.
But the latest video didn’t seem to work for everyone.
“Thanks for the information, but I’m afraid of flying,” said one woman, “another added.
“When the pilot says flight attendants take your seat, it drives me crazy every time
Others joked that they have several “number one fears.”
“My biggest fear on flights is the kid in the seat in front of me wanting to play peek-a-boo on a seven-hour flight,” said one.
“My fear is not understanding how the 10 ton dumpster generally floats through the air…even after research and videos,” said another.
In 1966, human error combined with turbulence brought down a plane on Mount Fuji.
Turbulence, which is caused by movement in the air, is more likely to cause the aircraft to descend slightly, temporarily causing the pilot to lose control.