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I was having lunch with 2 colleagues today and they were asking me which part of flying do I find most frightening. So I mentioned turbulence. I said while it makes me anxious, I know it's not dangerous and lasts a relatively short period of time.
One colleague said that sometimes planes will "drop" suddenly so we should keep our safety belt on at all times. Though she did end by saying that cabin crew face the most danger because of the nature of their work, they can't be strapped to their chairs at all times.
The second colleague then told me that one of her friends, who flies with a major airline, wanted to quit after encountering turbulence on one flight that frightened her.
Feeling anxious after lunch, I consulted my husband who assured me that our flight to Tokyo in December will be smooth. But I know that no one can make a promise like that.
No one gave me good advice, except maybe about keeping my seat belt on. Now I feel anxious, what should I do when I hear stories like that?