Upon waking up this morning, I planned on getting started early with my cup of tea and a strong side of productivity. I even had high hopes of making it to the gym today – surprise, surprise, that hasn’t happened yet either (thanks, rain and gloom!). As I look out the window into the foggy sky, I can’t help but to wonder about all the flights today and how many delays there may be in the tri-state area. More so, I’m imagining that there are some bumpy rides up there one way or another.
My wandering thoughts bring me right here to this post: have you ever experienced extreme turbulence? I’m not just talking about the occasional bumps here and there – chances are, if you have a frequent flyer account, you’ve experienced a little bit of a disruptive flight in the past. What I’m asking is for those to share their stories of extreme turbulence (yup, along the same lines of Lucky’s recent flight from hell – crying flight attendants are never a good sign).
I’m sure most of us by now have seen this photo (taken by Alan Cross on Instagram):
The photo you see above has gone viral shortly after a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 hit a severe patch of turbulence just 90 minutes into a Singapore to London flight on May 26, causing the aircraft to drop 100 feet “like an elevator”. There were eleven minor injuries resulting from the sudden drop (not including the loss of many half-sipped coffees). Serving the airline for over four and half years, thankfully, the A380 made it to London without reported damage.
The big question is this: What do you imagine the passengers aboard this flight were thinking, doing, and/or internalizing throughout the duration of the flight? My friend Stephanie once confessed to me the terror she faced last August aboard a flight from Newark to Ft. Lauderdale during the approaching wrath of Hurricane Irene. The bumpy ride and amount of empty seats on a once-sold-out-flight lead her to hold hands with a woman she never met before—She initiated the hand-holding.
I’m fascinated by these stories and the revelations that may or may not occur, after equilibrium is restored. My passion of flight has allowed me the opportunity to become acquainted with people just as fanatical about all things travel.
Are turbulent flights something you prepare for? Dwell on? Or… better yet – have you ever experienced a warm moment with the passenger next to you because of it? Feel free to share your stories, fears, moments of panic driven inspiration. I’ll even pass along an American Airlines Admirals Club lounge pass to my favorite story to help ease the pain of reliving it ;).