Via ABC15 from an April 2012 report. Please watch all the way to the end.
I’m no fan of flying, partly because of my many nerve-wracking experiences during episodes of severe turbulence and sudden drops. No matter how I try to talk myself out of surrendering to irrational fear, no matter how many times people tell me how safe flying is, the next bumpy flight reminds me all too much of a scary flight to England years ago that ended in spontaneous passenger applause out of relief that we landed safely.
Those rocky trips are only going to get worse, according to the Los Angeles Times:
Turbulence will be stronger and occur more often if carbon dioxide emissions double by 2050, heating up the atmosphere, according to a study by British scientists published last week in the journal Nature Climate Change. [...]
From 1980 to 2008, 298 passengers on U.S. airlines were injured and three died because of turbulence accidents, the [the Federal Aviation Administration] said.
The study by scientists at the universities of Reading and East Anglia said the chances of running into turbulence over the Atlantic will increase 40% to 170% by the middle of the century, with turbulence strength increasing 10% to 40%.
The study showed that airline emissions are a big contributor to worsening turbulence, and that “for the first time how climate change could affect aviation.”