IF you're a nervous flyer, there's nothing scarier than going through turbulence while you're onboard.
But did you know that there's a time of day when turbulence is more likely to happen?
A pilot has revealed the best and worst times of day to fly if you're a nervous passenger – so next time you book a flight, you can make an informed decision.
Pilot Jerry Johnson explained that the air changes throughout the day, and flights are often rougher in the afternoon due to the warm air.
If you catch a flight late in the day, the ground has had more time to heat up, which can cause "bumpier air" and lead to turbulence onboard.
On top of that, there's more chance of there being a thunderstorm in the afternoon compared to the morning, which can make a rough flight even worse.
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So if you're a nervous flyer, it's better to catch a plane in the morning.
Mr Johnson told Reader's Digest: "If you're a nervous flyer, book a morning flight.
"The heating of the ground later causes bumpier air, and it's much more likely to thunderstorm in the afternoon."
If you're still feeling frightened, another pilot has shared some tips for calming your nerves before you board.
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Harrison Murray said the best thing nervous flyers can do is to make a list of all the things they are worried about.
He said: "I'd recommend writing a list. Write down everything that makes you worried, anxious or scared, then cross out absolutely everything that you have no control over – focus on the things that you have."
His other tips were to pick an aisle seat so you can walk around if you're panicking, avoid drinking alcohol as it affects you more at altitude, and definitely don't watch any plane crash videos.
He also recommended passengers take a fear of flying course to help ease anxiety.
He said: "If you're still feeling a bit scared, go for a fear of flying course. A few of my followers have been commenting about these and they're saying these are pretty good."
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