Turbulence: Staying Safe

What is Turbulence?

Passengers on an aircraftTurbulence is air movement that normally cannot be seen and often occurs unexpectedly. It can be created by many different conditions, including atmospheric pressure, jet streams, air around mountains, cold or warm weather fronts or thunderstorms. Turbulence can even occur when the sky appears to be clear.

While turbulence is normal and happens often, it can be dangerous. Its bumpy ride can cause passengers who are not wearing their seat belts to be thrown from their seats without warning. But by following the guidelines suggested on this site, you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe when traveling by air.

Passengers can easily prevent injuries from unexpected turbulence by keeping their seat belt buckled at all times. And FAA regulations require passengers to be seated with their seat belts fastened:

•    When the airplane leaves the gate and as it climbs after takeoff
•    During landing and taxi
•    Whenever the seat belt sign is illuminated during flight

Check the FAA Factsheet on turbulence for the latest information.

Last updated: Monday, December 19, 2022