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Rainy weather can make flying less fun, but no less safe

By BlueSkyStaff

Published March 18, 2024

Read Time: 2 mins


Nobody likes air turbulence, including the pilots and staff manning the flight. But it is a common part of commercial air travel.

While it’s certainly possible to encounter rough air in the clearest of skies, bad weather increases the chance that you’ll encounter some bumps during your journey. But technology and pilot skill can keep a plane safe even in storm clouds.

Before every flight, pilots receive a comprehensive weather report on their flight path. Bad weather requires careful planning on their part. They must consider altitude, alternate flight paths, possible airports for diversion, fuel reserves and a host of other factors.

That being said, modern aircraft are generally undeterred by heavy rain. They’re built for bad weather, and most are guided by instruments while in the air. The primary concern in heavy rain is visibility during takeoff and landing.

As you can see, a wet airfield didn’t stop this American Airlines Airbus A330-200 from taking off at San Francisco International Airport recently. Charlotte Siobhán caught a perfect moment of the shining jet against the ominous clouds.

Of course, when you’re heading someplace like Cancun, Mexico, a few rough patches in the air are totally worth it. Michael Lackovich was on his own American flight and took a photo as it approached the Caribbean paradise recently.

Thanks, Charlotte and Michael!

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The winglet of an American Airlines Boeing 737-800 as it approaches Cancun, Mexico. (Photo submitted by Michael Lackovich)

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