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Pilots share flight tips for nervous flyers from best time to fly to the best seats

Great tips to know if you feel anxious about getting on a plane!
8 August 2022 9:07PM

If you're someone who is scared of flying or someone who would rather drive than take a flight, these tips from the pilots could be handy and less scary for the next time you have to take a flight!

Jerry Johnson, an airline pilot from Los Angeles, US revealed afternoons to be the worst time to fly for people who are scared of flying, as the heating of the ground later in the day causes bumpier air, which makes it more likely to thunderstorm.

So he reveals for a 'nervous flyer', booking a morning flight is the best time for them. 

Another pilot who stayed anonymous revealed that passengers should sit in the back if they always feel cold during the flights.

The cabin crew member, who works in Texas, said: "The general flow of air in any airplane is from front to back."

"So if you're concerned about breathing the freshest possible air or not getting too hot, sit as close to the front.

But, turns out back rows are not for nervous flyers because Pilot Patrick Smith says the bumpiest flights are in the back. 

"For a smooth ride, sit over or near the wing," he says as he describes the plane as a seesaw so sitting in the middle, you don't move as much.

Patrick also said that turbulences are not dangerous,  and apparently it's "impossible" for it to cause the plane to crash.

"Pilots find it perplexing that so many people are afraid of turbulence," Patrick said.