Confessions of a nervous flier originally appeared on CNN March 19, 2014
Tell the crew you’re scared, suggests flight attendant Heather Poole, author of “Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpad, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet.”
“If we know you’re scared, we’ll go out of our way to be reassuring if the airplane does encounter a few bumps,” says Poole, via e-mail. “We’ll update you on whatever information the captain passes along to us regarding delays, mechanicals, weather or turbulence. I’ve gone as far as to sit in an empty seat beside someone and hold their hand.”
Poole, who’s been a flight attendant for 18 years, suggests passengers who hate turbulence sit close to the cockpit — the front of the plane isn’t as bumpy as the rear. Passengers can also download the MyRadar app to track the bumpy weather.