The Not So Fun Part of Flying…

The other day, I was on a flight from Chicago to Denver, and I have to admit, it was probably one of the worst flights in my entire life.

Thanks to GoGo inflight wifi, I fired off this status update on Facebook about 20 minutes after take off:

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This darn plane is shaking like seizure up here! Probably the worst turbulence I’ve ever experienced, and that’s saying something. Even worse, the flight path has us flying right into a storm, it seems. Someone get me a few more gin and tonics, stat.

It only got worse as we continued to both climb and descend, in an attempt to avoid the turbulence.

This bronco is out of control up here and I hope the cowboy up top knows what the hell he’s doing. This rodeo needs to end NOW. Call in the clowns! I feel like I’m on Thunder Mountain at Disney World, however the ride hasn’t stopped yet…I hope the Red Baron is piloting this damn thing! I’m a 100,000 mile a year flyer, and this has got to be the worst flight EVER. The funny part? The Captain has told the FAs to sit down and buckle up, and there’s this one spunky new hire who is refilling drinks and warm nuts up here in First. You go kid!

I was legitimately scared sh*tless. Seriously. It made me stop, for a moment though. As a 100,000 mile a year flyer, some severe turbulence is in store somewhere, and despite the aviation industry being one of the safest there is (safer than driving a car, in fact), you can’t help but worry sometimes. I’m constantly reminded of the fears of flying in several Facebook groups I belong to, where passengers and crew alike sometimes chime in amount a “treacherous” flight they experienced. While I know there’s very little chance of something happening, sometimes that fear is still in the back of your mind, and brought forward when the Captain tells the FAs to be seated for the duration of the flight.

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The flight crews on this particular flight were incredibly professional, which I’d like to note. It’s always comforting knowing you have a good cockpit and cabin team during rough air.

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