The captain has turned off the seatbelt sign — but you might want to stay buckled in

You know how when the captain turns off the seat belt sign, he or she always gets on the intercom and suggests that everyone stays buckled in unless they’re walking around? Well, the captain means it. Points in case:

Last week, Martha reported on an Air Canada flight that had to make an emergency landing due to injuries from turbulence. And yesterday, a Chicago-bound flight experienced extreme turbulence after take-off from L.A. The flight was diverted to Denver in order to take 10 passengers, including two flight attendants, to the hospital. The plane was then cleaned and inspected and went on its merry way to Chicago.

That’s all I need to hear to keep my seatbelt fastened mid-flight. What about you?

If flying freaks you out, don’t read Aaron’s post about two planes that collided mid-air on Sunday. But if you can’t resist, here’s the link.