Can an Airplane Hit an Air Pocket?

There is no such thing as an “air pocket.”

When someone has been on an airplane trip and says, “We hit an air pocket and boy did we drop for a few seconds!” he is really talking about a downdraft.

A downdraft is a downward current of air or wind. An “air pocket,” or a hole in the air, is impossible!

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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