Buckle up because you’re in for a bumpy ride.
TikTokers shared clips of their scariest plane journeys as turbulence caused a wave of chaos among passengers.
Some of the most graphic flight videos show food and drink flying through the plane, with aisles and footwells littered with debris.
Monica Raygada filmed one such scene on a Lufthansa flight from Austin, Texas to Frankfurt, Germany and said she “almost died” in a storm of violent air currents.
LEFT: Monica Raygada said she feared for her life on a flight from Texas to Germany. RIGHT: @darkhorsetok uploaded a video of the same flight, with debris everywhere
LEFT: A TikTok uploaded by @iamamlik captures people screaming as a passenger shouts: “We’re going down!” RIGHT: Peter Yan’s turbulent experience in Emirates First Class
This clip shared by @skytleaa shows people clinging to the seats in front of them as they experience severe turbulence
As she shows the trail of destruction left by the turbulence, with trays and pieces of crockery thrown around, a male passenger is heard saying: “I thought you were losing control of the plane.”
In response, a female flyer says, “I think we had a bit of a crush.”
In a caption, Monica explains the sequence of events: “We all ate for 1.5 hours in flight and then suddenly we fell.
“For a while it felt like we were in zero gravity as I watched everything fly in slow motion.
“After the first fall where everything was flying and everyone was screaming, everything fell to the ground and it seemed like we just kept falling.
Then everyone fell silent. Then we all thought: This is it.”
Monica revealed that she was desperately searching for her phone, which fell to the floor during the bumpy ride when she was about to text her family “goodbye”.
After about 15 minutes, she said the crew was finally able to get up and look at the injured.
Then they were told that the plane would land in Washington DC. According to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, seven people were injured during the flight.
A clip uploaded by @traveltmz shows another bad case of turbulence with an overturned drinks trolley and debris on the ground
LEFT: @westcoast_aviation uploaded video showing turbulence on a Frontier flight and the captain can be heard trying to calm the passengers. RIGHT: @livemoretv said his flight from Las Vegas to Columbus was the “scariest” with gusts over 50 mph
She concluded: “Thankfully most of us were buckled up because it could have ended a lot worse.”
TikToker @darkhorsetok uploaded a video from the same flight showing the contents of a bottle of red wine spilling onto the floor along with a range of other items from pillows to napkins.
In another TikTok, Melbourne-based photographer Peter Yan reveals how he was hit by turbulence while flying Emirates in first class.
In the caption, he explains simply: “It was scary.”
Footage shows his private cabin shaking violently as his glass of white wine swirls dangerously around.
Peter commented in the comments that the downside of first grade turbulence is being alone and not with other people for comfort.
A clip uploaded by @traveltmz shows another serious case of turbulence with an overturned drinks trolley and debris on the ground.
The footage was shot on a Delta flight from Santa Ana, California to Seattle, Washington, but turbulence diverted the plane to Reno, Nevada.
LEFT: @nat_chlr’s TikTok video is very blurry because the turbulence makes it impossible to film with a steady hand. RIGHT: An equally chaotic airplane scene was shared by @jsteelo04, in which a flight attendant flies through the sky
Creator @jazzy63087 said she started recording video to show her son she was on cloud. But “that’s when the turmoil started” and she said she had “never been so scared”
Many commenters took a strange stance after seeing the lopsided trolley, with @kirans007 joking “was that on Spirit Airlines?” while @capnobly wrote “free drinks for all”.
A chaotic plane scene shared by @jsteelo04 takes the panic even further, showing a flight attendant flying through the air with a load of goods from an overhead locker as the plane shakes.
Meanwhile, a TikTok uploaded by @iamamlik captures people screaming as a passenger shouts “We’re going down!” while the plane descends.
Commenting on the clip, @Borchy_j wrote: “Even the slightest bit of turbulence on a plane fills me with panic… I’m sure if that happened to me I’d have a heart attack.”
But @bbyziza7 dismissed the trend, writing: “Am I the only one who really likes turbulence?
“Airplanes can be so boring, a little turbulence here and there makes it so exciting.”
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