Buckle up guys—The Sun has just released a list of the worst places in the world to fly over if you don’t want any turbulence in your life thank-you-very-much. Personally, I don’t mind a little bit of turbulence as long as it doesn’t make the plane drop enough for everyone in the cabin to do a little scream out of reflex and pure terror. Let’s be honest though, it can be unpleasant, to say the least.
And if you, like many, fall into the category of people who can’t handle even slight encounters with turbulence tremors, this one’s for you. The Sun spoke to Captain Stuart Clarke, pilot and member of the British Airline Pilots Association where he’s a senior advisor in the flight safety department. In short, he’s flown around the world enough times to know the best and worst places for turbulence.
According to Clarke, there are a few places where turbulence is most likely. For example, due to hot weather and wind from the Northern Hemisphere meeting the winds from the South, you’ll almost always experience thunderstorms at the equator. Similarly, over the Atlantic Ocean, there is a jet stream which means a strong tube of air that flows over the sea can make the journey between the UK and the US a pretty bumpy one. Other common areas for stormy weather are over Johannesburg, Cancun, Singapore, Mumbai, and the Rocky Mountains.
But before you go cancelling your trips for fear of bouncing around in the air too much, the Captain wants you to know that in almost all cases, it’s completely harmless. “If you feel scared, try to remember that it’s just bumpy air and that it’s similar to a Range Rover driving over some potholes,” he told The Sun. Just try and tell that to the sheet-white lady sitting next to you who’s ordered three gin and tonics in 10 minutes.