The brief feeling of weightlessness that happens in the moment after an airplane leaves the runway during takeoff is one of life’s great joys.
On the other end of the spectrum is the head jarring, arm-rest clinching, final-rites whispering fear that manages to materialize out of nowhere once a plane encounters heavy turbulence.
Just ask the men and women who traveled from Phoenix to Honolulu on Sunday aboard Hawaiian Airlines Flight 35.
While descending into Honolulu, the plane encountered a patch of turbulence that got so extreme it caused damage to the interior of the AirBus330 and tossed some passengers out of their seats and into the aircraft ceiling.
Lucky for most, the “Fasten Seatbelt” sign had already been on at the time as the plane descended to its final destination, no doubt preventing countless more injuries.
First responders and medical personnel were available to assist the passengers at the airport. 11 of those 20 passengers were admitted to hospital in serious condition.
A 14-month-old boy was among the victims.
Inside Edition spoke to a few experts to learn more about how to fly in less-friendly skies with younger passengers.