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.

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