It’s pretty common for a cross-country flight to meet a thunderstorm somewhere between the coasts, especially at night during the summer. It’s thankfully much less common for the turbulence from that storm to be so bad that two dozen people end up being checked out in the hospital.
If the word “turbulence” has you grabbing your chair in fear at the mere thought of a bumpy, rollicking airplane ride, there could be relief in sight. IBM has teamed up with in-flight WiFi company GoGo to provide pilots and dispatchers with real-time turbulence reports and alerts. [More]
Passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight from Boston to Chicago endured a short, but bumpy trip on Tuesday morning that left passengers sick and two flight attendants hospitalized. [More]
Passengers on a JetBlue flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Orlando yesterday that hit extremely bumpy air say the experience was “like a movie,” with turbulence strong enough to injure eight people. [More]
Part of the flying experience is peering out the window to get a peek at the clouds, blue sky, and whatever city you may be traveling above. One thing you don’t want to see while gazing at the heavens? Something wrong with the engine. [More]
The end of a tropical trip turned into a nightmare of sorts for 137 passengers on an Allegiant Airline flight when the plane encountered turbulence strong enough to jostle people around the plane and sent seven to the hospital upon making an emergency landing. [More]
Seven passengers on an American Airlines flight from Miami to Milan were injured Sunday night after the plane encountered severe turbulence, and had to make an emergency landing in Newfoundland. [More]
Five passengers aboard an American Airlines flight from the Caribbean island of Grenada to Miami were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries on Thursday, after experiencing some unexpectedly rough air along the way. [More]
More than a dozen passengers flying from Hawaii to the Philippines on Friday were injured when the plane hit an unusually rough patch of air. [More]
The friendly skies seem to have been turning decidedly bumpy lately, folks. After a United Airlines flight hit severe turbulence on Monday, injuring five people, now comes the news that a Cathay Pacific plane had air bumps so bad, 12 people were hurt. [More]
There’s a reason the seatbelt turns on during spots of turbulence when you’re on an airplane — because otherwise you might end up on the ceiling like so much spattered food. A passenger captured just how messy it can get when the air got bumpy on a recent Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to London, and we half expected John Belushi’s grinning face to show up in the photos. It’s just that chaotic.
I’ll be the first admit that when a flight gets bumpy, my insides do a flip-flop and my brain scrambles to focus on anything it possibly can (cheese/bearded men/song lyrics/chicken vs. egg question) to stop thinking “Whatifwhatifwhatif?” on a crazy loop. And if you’re like me, well, a new study that says turbulence over the Atlantic could get stronger and more frequent is probably not going to help ease your mind.*
When what was supposed to be a 20-minute flight turns into two-plus hours of turbulence, it’s easy to understand why a passenger would be peeved. But is worthy of a lawsuit against four airlines?
Eight passengers and two flight attendants were injured when flight 1028 from Los Angeles to Chicago O’Hare encountered turbulence and was diverted to Denver.
The BBC, in its inimitable dry British humor, reports a “Probe Into ‘Panicking’ Stewardess.”