Even if you are a frequent flyer, it’s very hard to know everything regarding the air travel industry. The public doesn’t know some of the things that go on behind the scenes in the airline world. Because if they did, they might approach airline travel a little differently.
Here are a few secrets you probably never knew about airlines:
1. That Emergency Mask Fiasco
The drop-down emergency oxygen masks on the plane are usually only equipped to pump out oxygen for about 12 to 15 minutes. But don’t freak out. It normally takes a pilot far less time to drop the plane to a safe altitude than it does for those masks to run dry of oxygen.
2. Pilots Fall Asleep
As bizarre as it sounds, your pilot tends to sleep midway on long-haul flights. That usually happens once the autopilot mode kicks in.
3. Pilots can’t eat together
Some airlines don’t allow two pilots flying together to eat food from the same source within an hour of each other. Either they have to eat at different restaurants, or one waits at least an hour to make sure the other doesn’t get poisoned or sick.
4. Time Of Death Doesn’t Exist On Plane
Although flight crews are trained in basic first aid and some are even qualified to perform resuscitation, most flights do not have any staff members on board who are qualified to declare the time of death.
5. Complete Engine Failure
In emergency instances, the pilot never announces if both engines have failed to work. To prevent chaos and turn an already exhausting situation into awry the pilot will always mention that one engine has stopped working.
6. Lavatory Unlocking
You might be surprised to know this but lavatories unlock from the outside for safety reasons. You can unlock the lavatory from the outside via an external lock mechanism, which is usually hidden beneath the “no smoking” sign on the door.
7. Dim Lights
They dim the interior lights at night so that passengers’ eyes are already adjusted to the darkness, just in case something goes wrong during takeoff or landing. So, it’s a safety measure.
8. Flight Water Is Not For Drinking
According to flight attendants, drinking water on the plane is extremely unhygienic despite hygiene practices being in place. Moreover, most low-cost airlines don’t carry enough bottled water to last the entire flight.
9. Angry Passengers Dilemma
Flight attendants try their best to avoid aggravating the passenger. Sometimes, they might also move you to another seat. Also, in case there are no free seats on the plane, you’re stuck there. In extreme circumstances, the person can be handcuffed, and the plane is diverted to the nearest airport to kick them off. However, this can cost an airline a lot of money, so the situation has to be pretty bad for this to occur.
10. Lightning Strikes
Lightning usually seeks out conducting materials such as aluminum, so aircrafts are prime targets. On average, a commercial aircraft can be struck 1-2 times per year.
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