Better Buckle Up!

Cuando un vuelo experimenta turbulencias, el capitán activará la señal de abrocharse el cinturón de seguridad.

Have you ever flown on an airplane? Sometimes the flight can get a bit bumpy. And it can seem to come out of nowhere. This can be alarming, but a recent study shows that it is becoming more common.

Turbulence is what makes the flight bumpy. Turbulence is the unsteady movement of air. Turbulence is caused by air that is changing speed and direction. This happens when mountains, storms, or winds disrupt the flow of air. Experiencing some turbulence is common.

Pilots often try to avoid turbulence, especially if it is caused by thunderstorms. But some turbulence is unexpected because itcannot be seen or predicted. This is called clear-air turbulence. In a recent study, scientists found that this type of turbulence is increasing. They think that the increase is caused by changing weather patterns.

Though turbulence can be startling, it is usually no cause for concern. Pilots are trained to fly through turbulence. And the chances of injury are low. If you experience turbulence during a flight, follow instructions. Sit down, buckle up, and secure your loose items.

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