The climate change may lead to higher air turbulence.
The amount of turbulence that affects cross-Atlantic flights may continue to increase over the next few decades.
Research from the University of Reading and The University of East Anglia in England suggests that global warming might be affecting the current wind strength and other factors that contribute to turbulence.
The study says: “Aviation is partly responsible for changing the climate, Our findings show for the first time how climate change could affect aviation… leading to bumpier transatlantic flights by the middle of this century. Journey times may lengthen and fuel consumption and emissions may increase.”
Around 6 hundred flights cross the Atlantic every day.
The size of the turbulence prone air space is expected to double, and the level of moderate or greater turbulence, that would make part of the flight quite unpleasant, is also expected to increase.
The added roughness might have an impact on plane ticket prices as well because of the extra fuel that would be needed for each flight.
There is evidence that the amount of turbulence has seen an increase of 40 to 90 percent since 1958.