Ryanair, Jet2, TUI, Easyjet passengers told to stick to 'one area of plane' to avoid turbulence

Flight passengers have been told the best part of the plane to sit in to avoid turbulence. To minimise the risk of turbulence and its impact, Ryanair, Jet2, TUI and Easyjet all urge customers to ensure their seatbelts are fastened at all times.

According to many travel experts, pilots, and cabin crew, the best seats during turbulence are typically over the wings or towards the front of the plane. One flight attendant with over six years of experience said: "The passengers at the back of the aircraft experience the worst turbulence compared to those over the wings or towards the front.

"It is usually bad at the back. Most of the time, the pilots will tell us that at the front, we can't feel the turbulence as much as you guys at the back, so if it is too severe for you to walk around, just call us and let us know."

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Stuart Fox, director of flight and technical operations at the global airline body Iata, says forecasts showing incoming weather fronts or the air flow over mountains could demonstrate a higher probability of clear-air turbulence.

“But you can’t see it,” he says. “Airflow strength and direction can change rapidly, and the forecasts can only indicate the likelihood." Fox said: “Most airlines advise passengers to wear their seatbelts throughout the flight, and I think that’s good advice.”

Madeleine Doyle was a flight attendant for 20 years, working on both domestic and international airlines. She told Thrillist: "The plane is built like a teeter-totter, and the most stable part is over the wings. Turbulence is worse in the back of the plane -- it's much bumpier.

"If you think you’re going to be sensitive to that, sit over the wings." Speaking previously, Ryanair staff admitted pulling a sneaky trick to calm rowdy passengers on flights. A Ryanair pilot said back in 2022: "Sometimes if the passengers are being annoying then the cabin crew ask us to turn the seatbelt signs on as if there's turbulence, just so everyone sits down and the cabin crew can relax."

A flight attendant added: "We refer to it as our artificial turbulence, and yes it happens."