How do you describe a flight?

  • Jul 10, 2024
How do you describe a flight?

In what way do you narrate a flight experience?

The feeling of flying on an airplane is incomparable and everyone who ever tried it knows that it is not only the process that causes a complete set of emotions and perceptions. A journey by air is a journey that is often described in detail, using the five human senses to capture the thrill, the excitement, and even at times fear experienced by some passengers when on a flight. This is how it might be possible to capture the various aspects of a flight that make up the overall experience of flying.

It is only from the Window that one can witness such a spectacle.

If there is one aspect that makes flying a spectacular experience it is the ability to peer out the window and admire the view. It is carried out in such a way that as the plane ascends, the objects such as cars and buildings look as if from a toy that is progressively getting smaller and smaller. Some say seeing the ground this way is like seeing a living map with Jr trolley lines of streets and colorful mosaic fields. Outside through the window one may feel more conscious of the size of the world and how small he or she is in that great big world.

The view only gets better as the plane moves through different types of weather and the environment. The clouds that can be observed through the window are as fluffy as cotton and as if they float like ice cream floats. Slicing through the cloud layer, passengers see an incredible sight of immeasurable blue sky above them. Those who get to overfly polar or northern lights remain spellbound by the snowy whites and the greenish hues of aurora that light up the night sky. Even watching a sunrise or a sunset from the sky causes the use of poetic descriptions, such as the rays of sun depicting the clouds in a different view that appears heavenly.

Physical Sensations of Flying

The feeling of flight also offers rather vivid physical stimuli, thus the sensual appeals are quite compelling. Lifting off has to do with accelerating and as the plane barrel down the runway, everything outside looks like a blur. When the wheels are airborne, passengers state that they feel like they are floating, or falling, in a similar manner to how they would feel while on a rollercoaster. This can be seen as meaning turbulence also contributes a feeling of dropping like on a roller coaster or a sensation of being suddenly accelerated. They are alarming as it feels as if the plane is surfing an ocean wave in the middle of the sky. While this may cause some discomfort or anxiety among passengers, others view turbulence as an exhilarating experience which makes it a thrilling ride.

Engines are expressed into a considerable part of what it feels like to fly. In flight, there is always the constant background noise of the engines that come into vivid realisation of the awesome power the vessel is moving at nearly the speed of light. Standing again looking forward out at the airplane wings with the engines mounted underneath is is a good reminder of this great power. The engines are switched to full blast when the aircraft is taking off or landing and this is something that passengers still recall as being extremely loud. The vibration and the loud noise make the feeling that a lot of energy is brought to challenge gravity.

Sights in the Cabin Sights in the Cabin Sounds in the Cabin Smell in the Cabin

There is also a range of other perceiving of different sensory stimuli coming from objects located inside the airplane’s cabin. This cool temperature with proper ventilation gives descriptions of a new artificial climate on the cloud seven. Background odours associated with recirculated cabin air are described in terms of being sterile to staid depending on how one looks at it. The constant sound that can be heard regardless of location is the sound of the air constantly blowing through the ventilation system inside the cabin. This compounds with the hum of multiple discussions that multiple passengers are having at any one time, to give a symphony of existence. The shrieking of babies, the loud laughter of a fellow passenger, the continuous ringing of the call buttons on board a crowded plane forms a rich melody.

Even the nature of the actual sitting space is often the basis for the sensory descriptions as well. Hull space and leg space (or their absence) comprise a topic that some of the passengers start using some of the most vivid descriptions. When measured by the kind of airline they have taken and sort of ticket they have booked, space between seats may describe experiences from comfortable to painful. More so, for tall passengers especially, the feeling of having someone’s seat directly behind them negates the concept of privacy levels. Another restriction is luggage storage space overhead, which depicts overloaded compartments filled with numerous items. The net effect is that it brings passengers close together and makes them describe other states of matter such as that of sardines.

The Airline Food Experience

Compared to other types of airline food, this can be considered as a specific category of culinary delights, affecting all senses. Various opinions cover the spectrum of winning the ‘flavor and texture lottery’ to being revolted by what airplane meals can deliver. Lower pressure in the aircraft cabin Demples the taste buds, making the food flavorless and indistinguishable like a plain cookie. High volume cooking may result in tough, dry, or overcooked food on the surface and undercooked, or raw in the center. But still some of the airlines provide mouth-watering delicious food that many passengers will always enjoy. Food preferences intensify when trapped in the mundane airplane seats, even the simplest of snacks for the bored passengers feel like exotic dishes for the hungry.

Connecting with Fellow Passengers

For single travelers, it is comforting to start conversations with the other passengers during the otherwise lonely experience of the flight. However, the individual who is right beside you is still a stranger, and one only spends a couple of hours or possibly hours together in this flying ship before going his or her own separate ways. Surcings suggest descriptive language where there is abnormality or enshrouded connotations of familiarity with faceless strangers. Was it a moment of our sameness or was it a glimpse into the hollowness of people passing each other on the street, strangers, briefly touching and not connecting? In many ways, fellow passengers are still an open question of sensing.

The Airline Staff

It is also important for the presentation of a flight to be created by the airline staff and it affects the sensory impressions. Clean-shaven pilots and well-groomed flight attendants moving briskly across the aisle represent efficiency. Though, the smooth operations and good relations with customers do not mask the tensions and problems if there are delays or mishaps. The unseen pilots steering the most journey will conjure descriptors at the time they extend a pleasant welcome through the intercom in that distinctive twang. They sound like competent indifference or passive suave warmth depending on the tone they adopt. All in all, the staffers are seen to become ghosts during flights, only appearing like ghosts every time call buttons glow.

From the ordinary to the extraordinary and all the shades in between, flying on a commercial aircraft is an emotive evoking activity provoking a lot of adjectives that are hardwired to depict feelings that most of us will never be privy to in their entirety within the confines of this world. Flying in a pressurized metal tube 35,000 feet above the ground is an odd activity, which mimics a state of dreaming. But plane travel also enforces the confinement of the human body on top of another in a manner not experienced on the ground. Thus, when one asks to describe the flight, one is asking for descriptions of what is beyond description – or in the least, perceptions that words cannot fully capture for those who have never flown in their lifetimes. But new descriptors never stop providing the means to describe the experience, even if it is to help make sense of it to one’s self.