Flight Crews All Over The World Reveal The Shocking Secrets Of Flying
By Rodney TowersFeatured
eventMay 24, 2017
There's nothing scarier than secrets, especially secrets that flight crews from around the world are harboring. We know traveling by airplane isn't the cleanest, most cost-effective way to travel, but it does get you from point A to point B much faster than traveling by car. Whether you're a frequent flyer or a casual traveler, there are secrets that flight crews are keeping to themselves, but if you know them ahead of time you can prepare yourself for a smooth flight! Sit back, relax, and prepare to have your mind blown before take-off!NEXT »
There Are Signs For Potential Hijackings
Allegedly, if a plane is being hijacked while it is still on the ground, pilots will leave signs or signals to let the crew know something is going on. A common signal that is used is leaving the wings in the upright position. If you happen to notice something strange about the airplane's wings next time you're traveling, don't panic -- if they have issued a signal that means they figured out something was wrong with plenty of time to correct it!
Pilots Sleep On The Job
This may sound alarming, but depending on the length of the flight, pilots are almost always snoozing. Planes pretty much fly themselves thanks to modern technology, and pilots are only needed during the take-off and landing. Although it seems ridiculously unsafe for pilots to be catching some z's during a flight, there are backup pilots in the cockpit overseeing the sky ahead.
Human Organs May Be On Your Flight
Human organs are transported frequently and there is a chance that some may be on your next flight. If there are human organs on your flight, you won't have any idea that they're there since they are safely placed under the plane in cargo. What we don't know doesn't hurt us, so don't freak out over the possibility that there may be human remains under you!
Don't Ask For Water
Unless the water is bottled, don't drink it! Flight attendants have revealed that the "tap" water on planes isn't clean or sterilized and has actually gotten people sick. If you've ever gotten sick after a flight it's no coincidence -- there are so many germs flying around the cabin, and if you aren't careful about your water consumption, you may wind up with a nasty belly ache.
Hard Landings Happen Purposefully
If the airplane you're on lands harder than what you're used to, don't complain about it. Pilots actually have a purpose when landing a plane at a harder impact. The hard impact is meant to prevent hydroplaning, so even if you're uncomfortable during the landing, at least you can rest assure knowing the pilot is doing it to ensure your safety!
The Bathrooms Are Beyond Dirty
Not only are the bathrooms disgustingly dirty, but the sink water is apparently worse! According to some flight attendants, they don't recommend washing your face or hands with the faucet water. Pack some hand sanitizer if you have to go to the bathroom on your flight because you may wind up picking up a germ by using the tap water. That's the price we pay for trying to stay clean!
Planes Are Often Struck By Lightning
Planes are often struck by lightning and there's a good chance you have experienced it on your flight without even knowing it. The lightning rarely causes damage to the plane, but on the off chance that it does do some damage, pilots are trained to handle it and keep you safe. Planes also go through routine maintenance after a flight to make sure they are in tip-top shape for the next destination.
The In-Flight Headphones Are Often Used
There is a common theme with flying and that is everything you touch is dirty. Most of the time, the in-flight headphones that you often have to pay for are used and repackaged. You'll be lucky if you get a clean pair, so to avoid having someone else's earwax mixing with yours, pack your own earbuds! Luckily they're cheap enough and can be bought ahead of time, instead of paying airport prices.
The Pillows And Blankets Aren't Clean
If you haven't noticed by now, pretty much everything on an airplane is dirty, used, or washed and repackaged. If you're a clean freak, be sure to stay away from the pillows and blankets because they are crawling with bacteria. They're not as bad as the airplane's toilets, but you get the idea. If you want to take a comfortable nap on your next trip, bring a blanket in your carry-on luggage.
You Can Avoid Paying To Check Your Bag
There are exceptions to this secret, but there are ways you can skip out on having to pay for your checked bag. If you bring your bag to the gate, often times the desk clerk will say your bag is too large and they will check it for you (without a fee). Or, you can try to sneakily get it on as a carry-on. Either way, there are different tricks to avoid having to pay for an oversized bag.
Your Electronics Don't Actually Need To Be Turned Off
Remember when Alec Baldwin refused to turn off his cellphone and was escorted off his flight? Well, it turns out he really didn't have to turn it off at all. The crew recommends that electronics be turned off because it can cause interference, but flight attendants often text during the flight, including take-off and landing. It is more a rule-of-thumb than an actual precaution.
The Oxygen Masks Aren't The Best
The oxygen masks on commercial flights are only designed to last for 15-20 minutes, so if you're ever in a situation where you immediately need oxygen on a flight, don't depend on the airline's masks to help you. Also, if the plane reached too high an altitude, you only have 20 seconds to get the mask on your face before you pass out. Not to worry, though -- oxygen masks are only needed in the most extreme circumstances.
Turning Off The Lights Isn't For Your Comfort
Many people believe the attendants turn the lights off to make the cabin more relaxing, but that's not the case at all. It is actually a safety protocol to dim the lights during take-off and landing to spot potential danger inside the cabin, such as a fire or a person-of-interest. Even though it's a safety protocol to dim the lights, it definitely helps passengers to relax more during the flight.
The Pilot And Co-Pilot Aren't Allowed To Share Food
This may seem like an odd rule, but it is actually very thought out. In case one of the pilots gets food poisoning, the other must be able to take over the flight. If the pilot and co-pilot both ate off the same plate or ate the same meal, the probability of both them getting sick is much higher. To avoid being without a pilot, airlines have strict rules of what kind of food they can consume.
Pilots Aren't All That Experienced
If you have a fear of flying, you'll never want to fly again after knowing not all pilots are super experienced. This doesn't mean they're bad pilots, but they simply haven't logged enough hours to earn the "experienced" title. Although your pilot may not have an extensive amount of flying under their belt, they wouldn't be operating the plane at all if they weren't capable.
Your Pets Are Scared To Fly
If getting a sitter for your animal is an option, try taking that route. Not only is it expensive, but it is very uncomfortable for pets to fly. Their ears are not used to the air pressure and it often causes them pain, not to mention (if they're over a certain size) they are kept under the plane in cargo. If you wouldn't like being cooped up in a cage for an extended amount of time, then it's probably safe to assume your pets wouldn't like it either!
Bag Security Isn't Secure At All
The people who are handling your checked baggage don't care if you have a "fragile" sticker on it. They are working efficiently and quickly, so if you want to make sure your things aren't damaged, you should consider shipping them. You can argue that they should be more careful, but at the end of the day, wouldn't you rather have your belongings safe and damage-free?
Airport Security Isn't Much Better
There are so many instances of people "accidentally" getting forbidden things through airport security. Lapses happen all of the time, and that's why it's up to you to be aware of your surroundings. Although we rely greatly on others providing us with top-notch security, it's not the way of the world. However, you can rest your mind knowing there are undercover Air Marshals on every flight who are there to keep you safe.
You Used To Be Able To Smoke During Flights
Smoking is prohibited on planes today, but that wasn't always the case. There are still old ashtrays on the outside of the airplane bathrooms, which are ironically followed by no smoking signs through the aircraft. The ashtrays were an asset when smoking was allowed, but it seems silly to keep them around when you can no longer smoke cigarettes indoors.
You Can Tip Your Flight Attendants
If you're on a long flight, let's say 12 hours or longer, it is customary to tip your flight attendants. According to former flight attendants, people who tipped received free drinks, snacks, and some extra TLC. If you're looking to make your long flight more enjoyable and show some appreciation to the people who are serving you, an extra few dollars will go a long way!