Flying is often a stressful experience for many people. Some attribute it to an intense feeling of claustrophobia, while others suffer from flight anxiety. And then there are the ones who fear air travel because of rumors, scary stories, and legends. Today, we want to find out how many of these tell tales are myths and how many of them are based on real life.

Planes can fly over thunderstorms

Some say that planes can dodge a thunderstorm by choosing to soar above it.  

We don’t know precisely when this rumor appeared or where it comes from, but there are people out there that imagine planes can make a loop over each thunderstorm they encounter. While it sounds plausible, this kind of move would be physically impossible.

Most thunderstorms can climb as high as 55,000 feet, while an airline would typically cruise at altitudes between 30,000 and 40,000 feet. When pilots get weather reports about a thunderstorm ahead, they will plan a route around it. Even if they do not have the time to change their course, they will choose the weakest point of the storm to travel through safely.

Of course, not flying may upset a lot of people, forcing them to wait or even to cancel their trips. If the true reasons would relate to the weather conditions, nobody should be entitled to complain.

After all, who can predict the weather months, or even days in advance, at the moment of purchase of the ticket?

But, there are moments when airplanes have some issues and might try to cancel based on the weather. This is a sad day for the passangers, delayed or even cancelled, but could bring havoc upon the airline as well, if passagers are smart enough to get their answers AND their money back from specialists like

You can jump from an in-flight airline

Some say that you could open the door mid-flight and jump out of it.

While it looks exciting in Hollywood productions, jumping from a plane at flight level is impossible. First off, it is physically improbable for a human being to open the door at a cruising altitude of over 25,000 feet. The difference in pressure would not allow it.

The cabin door is a safety panel that has a role in keeping everything tight and in place. Opening it would cause the same reaction as pulling the cork out of a pressurized barrel.

Secondly, even if the door to the cabin would somehow disappear, the depressurization would throw the plane into a chaotic spiral towards the ground. You wouldn’t have the time to get to the door and jump out, let alone fix your parachute and give the hot stewardess a goodbye wink.

Pilots enjoy flying through turbulence

Flying through storm and thunder

Some say that pilots get some kind of an adrenaline high when they fly through turbulence.

Nobody enjoys that shaky motion when flying at 30,000 feet above the ground. The myth that pilots have a map of the turbulence they can encounter, and that they choose to go right through it has no supporting evidence.

Pilots do their best to avoid those jostles that turbulences produce at high elevations. In particular cases, they can even choose to delay or cancel a flight if the weather ahead does not guarantee safe travel.

If there is one person that you can trust with your safety when flying that is your pilot. In any case, it is better to remain grounded and claim a refund for your ticket from the airline company. Compensation always feels better than being hurdled around at 40,000 feet in the air.