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Boeing’s Plan to End In-Flight Turbulence

Boeing’s Plan to End In-Flight Turbulence

Flyers can finally take a deep breath and relax on flights if Boeing has its way. The company has announced plans to eliminate the unexpected turbulence that occurs on many flights using a high tech laser that can detect possible turbulence in advance.

The company has plans to add long range lasers to the noses of Boeing 777 aircraft, giving pilots a heads up on turbulence that is currently undetectable. The laser detection gives pilots the ability to detect turbulence with a full 60 second head start, giving passengers and airline personnel the ability to sit down, buckle-up, clear the aisles and prepare. It also gives pilots a chance to avoid turbulence altogether, so that passengers can loosen their grip a bit.

And if you’re amongst those that isn’t bothered by the turbulence you encounter on nearly every flight, you might want to reconsider your stance. The majority of turbulence encountered on many airlines is best categorized as “minor.”

More serious turbulence can have more serious implications for planes and passengers as passengers can encounter bumps, bruising and even fractures from getting jostled around a cabin. Some passengers have even required hospital trips and surgery after experiencing severe turbulence.

The high-tech lasers are expected to start making appearances in 2018 but likely won’t be added to all or most commercial planes until much later. The timing for the introduction of the device is perfect,  given that some reports indicate that turbulence is actually increasing due to climate change.

In the meantime while planes are preparing for their updates passengers can try to minimize disruption caused by turbulence. Pay attention to directions issued by airline personnel and keep your seat belt on. Travel with appropriately sized carry-on luggage and securing any little flyers that are with you are also key to avoid injuries caused by turbulence.

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