The most common cause of injury to air passengers, turbulence is responsible for a lot more than pitching your stomach. Undetectable by radar and invisible to the naked eye, the jet streams that cause turbulence can hit a plane with tremendous ferocity that may force it to dive upwards of 30 meters in seconds.
How not to stress it
Boy, sensationalism sure is fun! Granted, turbulence is “the most common cause of injury to air passengers”, but that’s because it jostles around baggage, resulting in luggage falling on people when they open the compartment upon landing. In reality, only 30-60 of the U.S.’s 600,000,000 fliers are directly harmed by episodes of turbulence, and two thirds of that number are flight attendants, who aren’t usually buckled up. And while, yes, turbulence isn’t detectable by radar, pilots, aided by local reports and weather patterns, can still usually see it coming. This means those injured were most likely dinguses who refused to buckle their seatbelts. Still afeared? Nab yourself a seat by the wing where the turbulence is least, er, turbulent, since it’s the fulcrum around which the plane pitches and won’t move as much.