5 Everyday Dangers Not to Worry About
Pilots use an abundance of thrust to get an aircraft off the ground. Once aloft, they cut back on it. Reason one: The plane doesn’t need that much power anymore. Reason two: They have to comply with local noise regulations. I’ve seen passengers grab armrests at that moment, as there’s a sense of falling. But the plane isn’t dropping—it’s just accelerating less rapidly.
Patrick Smith is a commercial airline pilot and the creator of askthepilot.com, an air-travel info site.