5 Tips for Unexpected Turbulence - United Hub

5 tips for unexpected turbulence

By The Hub team, June 16, 2016

Fasten Your Seatbelt Low and Tight Across Your Lap

Turbulence can be unexpected if it catches you off guard. Follow these five easy steps to make your ride less bumpy.

1. Fasten your seat belt

The simplest thing you can do in the event of any turbulence — unexpected or not — is to fasten your seat belt. It'll secure you firmly in your seat and may prevent any unwanted motion, as well as help to keep you safe in the event of an unforeseen emergency.

2. Listen closely for pilot and flight attendant instructions

In the event of the unexpected, look to the experts in the cabin: your highly trained flight crews. Always obey pilot instructions over the PA and fasten your seat belt when instructed. Should you have any questions or concerns, you can always ask a flight attendant for more help.

3. Clear your tray table and tuck away loose items

To prevent potential injury from objects moving about, clear and stow your tray table and secure loose items underneath the seat in front of you. In the event of turbulence, this will lessen the chance of an object coming loose and harming someone.

4. Treat it like a bump in the road

If you allow yourself to tense up, it may only make the event more uncomfortable and stressful. Allow your body to sway and move with the bumps, as this will lessen strain on your body and keep you more relaxed.

5. Stay calm

Panic causes unnecessary stress, and may stress out fellow passengers as well. Try to distract yourself with a book, some music or a program on our inflight entertainment.

Unexpected as it can be, turbulence is usually harmless, and if you remember these five simple steps, you'll be through it before you know it.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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