Instagram video of pilot handling turbulence like nothing is wrong might cure your fear of flying

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.10 - 2023 7:00 AM CET


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An Instagram video featuring pilot Jimmy Nicholson handling intense turbulence with remarkable calmness has gone viral, potentially easing the fear of flying for many viewers.

In the video, Nicholson is seen sitting in the back of an airplane experiencing some of the worst turbulence he has encountered, yet he remains composed and reassuring.

Nicholson shares three key pieces of advice to help passengers stay calm during turbulence.

Firstly, he emphasizes the importance of remaining calm and remembering that turbulence is a normal part of flying.

His second tip involves the 'water bottle trick,' where he turns a water bottle upside down to observe if the water is moving. In the video, the water remains still, indicating that the situation, despite feeling severe, is not dangerously turbulent.

The third piece of advice he offers is to turn on the air gasper for fresh air, which can help passengers feel more comfortable and less anxious.

Nicholson's calm demeanor and practical tips in the face of daunting turbulence have resonated with viewers, offering reassurance about the safety of air travel even in less-than-ideal conditions.

Watch the Instagram video of pilot Jimmy Nicholson here:

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