3. The Plane’s Engines Suddenly Get Really Quiet After Takeoff
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.