Heaving on a jet plane

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plane flying into clouds

“Ladies and gentleman, this is your stewardess speaking. We regret any inconvenience the sudden cabin movement might have caused. This is due to periodic air pockets we encountered. There’s no reason to be alarmed and we hope you enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?”

Elaine  (Airplane/Flying High, 1980)

An announcement like this is the last thing jet passengers want to hear but it’s likely to become commonplace. This is because air travel’s about to get bumpier and that’s bad news for those of us who’d rather tackle a diprotodon than be blasted into the stratosphere in a winged blowtorch with a bunch of strangers.

I’ve just heard that air turbulence is on the rise as climate change destabilises the atmosphere and turns aircraft cabins into Top Gun meets Poltergeist.

But there’s no need to panic because you can use all this atmospheric bluster to do your inner work.

In my Airport Guru post, I describe airports as secular ashrams with their own devotees, rituals and chants. They are self-development centres of the highest order because they have the ability to expose our deepest fears and reveal our most childish behaviours

With this in mind, the next time your aircraft meets with turbulence and your head ends up adhered to the fuselage, remember this: Airport Guru is here to help.

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About the author

Claire Bell is the health and wellbeing editor of Midlifexpress. She is the author of Stone Age Secrets for Mind and Body and Comma Magic. Print and ebooks available on Amazon.

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