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Wed May 22, 2024, 05:01 PM May 22

Airplane Turbulence Is Getting Worse, Here's What That Means for You [View all]

Turbulence is getting worse on airplanes, and this week a severe case of turbulence caused the death of a 73-year-old passenger on a Singapore Airlines flight traveling from London to Singapore. The man died after the plane encountered "clear-air turbulence" which is turbulence that doesn't appear on flight radars. The plane flew into the turbulence without any warning, causing the plane to lose nearly 6,000 feet in altitude in less than three minutes.

The 73-year-old man died due to a heart attack. His wife was injured in the incident, along with 52 other passengers. Seven of the injured passengers were in critical condition, according to Euro News. The flight made an emergency landing in Bangkok, where emergency services started immediately tended to the injured. Photos shared on social media show flight attendants with bloodied faces and a destroyed cabin covered in food and debris.

This isn't the only turbulence incident to make headlines for causing injuries. Last February, seven passengers on a Lufthansa flight were hospitalized after experiencing severe turbulence on a flight from Austin, Texas to Frankfurt, Germany, only 90 minutes after takeoff. The plane was grounded at Washington Dulles, where passengers (including actor Matthew McConaughey, randomly) were rebooked on flights. That same week, 20 people were reported injured on a flight from Germany to Mauritius. Just last month, a United flight from San Francisco to Boston was diverted to Denver because it encountered turbulence so severe that one of the airplane's wings was damaged.

I don't intend to terrify you or exacerbate any existing flying anxieties—but sticking one's head in the ground won't stop turbulence from affecting you in the future. The data and experts both agree that flying is actually safer than ever right now, despite stories like the above. Still, turbulence is a major factor impacting the flying experience today. Here's what to know about turbulence getting worse in 2024.



I might be pushing my luck, but I don't think this information is "owned" by Thrillist:

In North America, these were the flight routes with the most turbulence in 2023:
1. Nashville (BNA) - Raleigh/Durham (RDU)
2. Charlotte (CLT) - Pittsburgh (PIT)
3. Denver (DEN) - Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
4. New York (JFK) - Raleigh/Durham (RDU)
5. Warwick (PVD) - Syracuse (SYR)
6. Atlanta (ATL) - Dulles (IAD)
7. Pittsburgh (PIT) - Raleigh/Durham (RDU)
8. New York (LGA) - Portland (PWM)
9. Boston (BOS) - Syracuse (SYR)
10. Boston (BOS) - Philadelphia (PHL)

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Dumb question here. EllieBC May 22 #1
Panicked? Think. Again. May 22 #7
I fly a few times per year. EllieBC May 22 #9
I wish you the most enjoyable trip ever! Think. Again. May 22 #12
Airports used to be exciting to me. EllieBC May 22 #14
I just flew in to Seattle from Denver. Aristus May 22 #16
I'm curious if the man who died was in his seat with the seat belt buckled? brush May 22 #2
The unfortunate ForgedCrank May 22 #6
Unless Delphinus May 22 #25
he died of a heart attack drmeow May 22 #20
The heart attack may have occured from the shock of the plane suddenly plunging 6000 feet... brush May 22 #23
I'm calling ForgedCrank May 22 #3
Did you read it? nt drmeow May 22 #21
I did. ForgedCrank May 22 #22
It would be helpful drmeow May 22 #24
I did. ForgedCrank May 22 #27
Insufficient nt drmeow May 23 #32
I'll do ForgedCrank May 23 #33
This message was self-deleted by its author Carlitos Brigante May 22 #4
Is "...Here's What That Means For You"... Think. Again. May 22 #5
How do they even know what it will mean for us? True Dough May 23 #34
Thanks wryter2000 May 22 #8
Me too. I'm always buckled, with my shoes on. Coventina May 22 #10
It's gross when I see people walking around an airplane with no shoes on. Don't they know how disgustingly dirty the beaglelover May 22 #13
Just keep your seatbelt fastened and you'll be fine. I highly doubt turbulence is getting any worse. beaglelover May 22 #11
It's not a problem. We take Amtrak on our trips. No problems with air turbulance - just trespassers on the track. Wonder Why May 22 #15
I hope "tRump Force One" gets to experience it during its next flight Blue Owl May 22 #17
with more energy in the atmosphere due to global heating, its not surprising. Blues Heron May 22 #18
If it was my daddy's atmosphere True Dough May 23 #35
What it means is Jilly_in_VA May 22 #19
Exactly. RussBLib May 22 #26
Kick and rec, article below ... cliffside May 22 #28
Seems like a perfect storm is brewing ecstatic May 22 #29
Dropped 3,000 feet Dave says May 23 #30
I say......hogwash Melon May 23 #31
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