I fly to lax in 5 weeks for honeymoon. Very excited but butterflies are creeping in as I always spend flights tense with fear.
I have books, CDs, rescue remedy.
Query is; I know planes fly above weather but once I was terrified from Sydney-Bangkok as during a night flight we hit turbulence but also it was dense cloud outside the window which is scary- why was cloud so high?
And my brain always thinks turbulence and 35000ft = scary, danger, vulnerable. How do people stop catastophising?
I must thank Keith so far especially for comment that turbulence won't necessarily get worse.
Flying virgin a340

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Hi Carly,

Nice plane to be going on. 

Whenever I am on board and we get turbulence, I switch on my MP3 and listen to the section on turbulence. That helps me, plus I am always saying to myself, Turbulence is uncomfortable, NOT dangerous.

Tell us more about your trip. Are you staying in LA?

You can learn not to catastrophise only by practice and mental discipline. Sorry  that I don't know another easier way.

Keith

I am continuing to think of successful landings and the safe flights iv done.
Why was there cloud at 330000ft Keith?

I'm going to LA but il be road tripping around Southern Cali, very excited never been to the states

Oh Carly, very envious of the road trip! We have done 2 in California/Arizona/Nevada/Utah and 1 in the Deep South

It is amazing. Driving in the US is great. Do post an itinerary here, would love to see it.

We've just planned our 4th, Tennessee/South Carolina/Georgia and Florida :-)

I have diazepam as back up plan from gp and feel better that I have them if I lose the mental battle. Not long to go, excited and anxious.
Must remember weather dosnt matter

hi Carly, i was on a flight back from Abu Dhabi yesterday and we hit the worst turbulence i've ever been through it lasted about an hour but the really bad part only about 20 minutes....i was thinking of this post because at 32k Ft it was dense cloud...i've never seen that before.....it made me nervous and im used to flying now.

anyway...i looked into it when i got back and found this....and thought you might be interested.

As thunderheads reach high elevations, their tops encounter high winds that cause them to spread out sideways, earning them the nickname "anvil tops." They can reach elevations of 50,000 feet (15,000 meters).

Ooh brave! But atleast it's common. Not long to go now. Nervous but practice makes perfect

It us very very unlikely that you would have flown thru' the anvil.  It's not particularly rare to  be in cloud at that level. 

Keith

andyb99 said:

hi Carly, i was on a flight back from Abu Dhabi yesterday and we hit the worst turbulence i've ever been through it lasted about an hour but the really bad part only about 20 minutes....i was thinking of this post because at 32k Ft it was dense cloud...i've never seen that before.....it made me nervous and im used to flying now.

anyway...i looked into it when i got back and found this....and thought you might be interested.

As thunderheads reach high elevations, their tops encounter high winds that cause them to spread out sideways, earning them the nickname "anvil tops." They can reach elevations of 50,000 feet (15,000 meters).

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