Secrets you don't tell the airline

Have you ever wondered if pilots stay awake the plane during the flight? How about free pillows — you think you're the first person in her sleep? Professionals airlines (flight attendants, pilots, engineers) revealed some interesting facts about airlines. Some of them will be useful to travelers, other unpleasant surprise. In any case, it's worth finding out before you go on a air travel.


1.Dim lights in the aircraft need to prepare for evacuation.
When the plane lands in the night, turns on the dim lighting to prepare passengers for evacuation. Your eyes accustomed to the darkness, and you will see outside the aircraft.

2.You can unlock the toilet outside.
The locking mechanism of the door of the toilet, usually hides behind a badge "No Smoking". You just need to raise a flap and move the bolt to unlock the door.

3.You inhale the air from the engine.
The air you breathe on the plane is the compressed air from the engine. The majority (from 25% to 50%) is blown out, and the rest of the passengers breathe. The air comes out through a small hole in the rear of the fuselage.

Sounds not very nice, but if you look on the technical side, it turns out that you are breathing the air from the compressor of the engine, and not from the engine.

On the website of the Boeing company explained that the air passing through the compressor of the engine, is warmed, and then directed into the cabin, already breathable.

4.Your blankets no one washed and on the table-the tray can remain children's urine.
The stewardess of the budget airline Southwest American told that the free pillows and blankets after a flight of just laying back and not washed or disinfected.

In addition, the tables, trays for food, people often change their diapers children, and tables after this, too, is not disinfected. If you've spilled on this table food, think twice before you send it in your mouth.

This fact is confirmed by another flight attendant — in its airlines fresh pillows and blankets can only be seen on the first flight in the morning. On all subsequent flights they just get issued again, without washing or disinfection. As for the tables, they just wash once a day, which is not enough, if such a table has been used a diaper.

5.The captain can arrest you on the flight.

When the plane door closes, the captain of the aircraft is given unlimited powers. Can he arrest of a passenger, issue a fine and even make the last wish of a dying man.

Of course, it does not have full legal rights to arrest someone, but it can limit your freedom on Board of the aircraft and to pass into the hands of the authorities after landing. That is, directly arrest will make police, however, on Board you will be limited in movement.

6.You can translate to first class after takeoff.
Flight attendants may transfer a person in business class after the airplane doors are closed. Of course, this happens not so often because sometimes they have to submit reports on such events and causes.

But still, the people who paid for economy, sometimes flying first class. Most often it is well-dressed, good-looking people, pregnant women, very tall passengers, and, of course, friends and acquaintances of the flight attendants.

7.Pilots can sleep during the flight.
About 43-54% of the pilots working in the UK, Norway and Sweden admitted that they fell asleep while driving a passenger plane.

Experienced flight attendant Tracy Christoph said that, during long flights, pilots are assigned a time to stay when management takes on the co-pilot.

Anyway, the pilots participating in the survey, admitted that they fell asleep involuntarily, that is, not during the position of rest. Sounds scary.

8.People steal life vests.

Sometimes passengers steal life jackets placed in front or under the seat. They take the vests as Souvenirs, although this is a serious and punishable violation.

Anyway, during the day, the presence of lifejackets is not checked before each flight. So before the flight you should check yourself whether you have a life jacket and, in his absence, to inform the stewardess.

9.The plane has a special handle on the case, if the flight attendant pushed out of the plane.
The next time you find yourself in an airplane, notice the handles on the doors inside the plane. What were they for? That's right, they serve as handrails, but for what?

In the event of evacuation and panic on Board, when flight attendants prepare the door to the plane, the passengers, in a panic, wanting to leave the plane as soon as possible, can push the flight attendant out of the way, simply push on the runway.

10.The handrail is needed in order to resist and remain on Board the aircraft.

11.You can ask a whole can of Coca-Cola.
If you are thirsty, you can get more than a soda. Just politely ask the stewardess to bring you a whole can of coke, and, most likely, she'll be glad to help.

12.The mask will give you 15 minutes of oxygen.
Oxygen masks on the plane have enough for 15 minutes of breathing, however this time is more than enough for the pilot to lower the aircraft to the desired altitude where you can breathe normally.

In General, when the masks dropped, the pilot lowers the plane as possible, and looking for the closest airport for landing.

In General, the search height where you can breathe relatively normally, takes 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the altitude at which the aircraft is located at the time of depressurization.

13.Sometimes the flight attendants don't serve dinner, hoping you'll fall asleep.
On night flights flight attendants sometimes take longer supply of food for as long as possible. They hope that passengers will fall asleep and not have to worry about serving food.

14.You should not even touch the water in the plane.
Never drink water on the plane if it is not out of the bottle. Better not even touch her. In the ports clean toilet and a bucket of clean water is practically next door, and sometimes both generally makes one employee.

The process of recharge may differ in different airlines, however, one alarming study conducted by the Wall Street Journal.

In 2002, samples were taken of water in 14 different flights, and found that the level of bacteria in the tens, and sometimes hundreds, of times exceeds the norm for US.

15.Employees pay only when the plane takes off.
Some airlines pay their staff only when the chassis off the ground. So, the clock delays are not paid, although sometimes the difference in time that the employee spends in the air and his actual work time, including delays on the ground, just enormous. For airlines this is a great way to save money.

Of course, that's not all airlines, some pay from the moment that closes the door of the airplane, and employees receive payment for hours in which the aircraft is awaiting departure.

16.Pilots get different meals in case of poisoning.
In some airlines pilots served different food, which they can divide between themselves. This is done in case if something will cause food poisoning.

In this case, it will always be the second pilot in perfect health, which can normally control the aircraft.

17.Flight attendants do not follow the rules for mobile phones.
After the flight attendant tell everyone to turn off electronics, it's possible that she will use their smartphone.



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