Other passengers seemed confident they would be safe in the sky.
"I'm sure they account for certain variabilities in the air. You're not going to know what a cloud is going to do to you until it's already done. You pray, you hope and God takes care of you," said airline passenger Willie Holman.
An aviation expert said commercial airplanes are now built to withstand direct hits by lightning. The skin of aircrafts absorbs the lightning, and the interior is shielded from the electric currents.