Granted, traveling can be absolutely exhilarating, but (if we’re going to be completely honest) it can also be a total pain in the butt, especially if you’re the kind of person who suffers from serious stress any time you have to board a plane. And if you happen to be a nervous flier, well, we have some terrible news for you.

While the world is quickly changing — politically, socially, and even environmentally — we’re witnessing the drastic and super scary effects of climate change. And, unfortunately for those who tense up every time the plane they’re on hits a bump in the sky, climate change is also increasing turbulence.


According to Advances in Atmospheric Sciences (surely your favorite atmospheric sciences publication), “Anthropogenic climate change is expected to strengthen the vertical wind shears at aircraft cruising altitudes within the atmospheric jet streams.” Though the report obviously includes plenty of other details and supporting info, the fact is: Because of climate change, planes will experience more and more turbulence. Yikes!

It might be the perfect time to take a (turbulence-less) train trip.

Does turbulence bother you while flying? Let us know @BritandCo!

(h/t Boing Boing; photos via Mario Tama + Bruce Bennett/Getty)