I like traveling, and some of the things other people complain about concerning flying just don't really bother me. In fact, I'm hesitant to say that I don't like to fly, because being in the air doesn't really bother me either. What does make me very nervous though is turbulence.
In my experience, at least since I started keeping track of this, turbulence has been a very noticeable issue on every single flight. It scares me, because even though I know it's normal, the plane itself starts shaking around uncontrollably and even drops, and there's hardly a guarantee that this time won't be the 1 in 10,000,000. Even though it's almost definitely safe 99.99% of the time, you can tell that the plane is not completely under the perfect control of the cockpit.
I would be thinking about simply not flying when staying on the same landmass inside the same country, just specifically because of the turbulence, but I've somewhat recently heard someone say basically that they've never really had a problem with it before. This same individual has probably flown at least two or three times as much as I have, and it was very surprising to hear.
At the same time, you almost never see turbulence in movies or television...ever...unless it is somehow tied to the actual storyline. Turbulence is almost never taken as a simple, everyday "given" in TV and movies, which caused me to be surprised by its frequency when I started flying a few years ago.
So what's the deal? Is it just Hollywood and differing perceptions, or have I really had a string of bad luck? What's the typical average situation with turbulence? What range does it usually fall within?