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10 Airline Secrets You Should Know

At the point when you’re flying 40,000 feet high in the air, you need to ensure that everything goes totally fine. You may have a sense of security up there, however that is since there are many things you do not know. From things that could spare your life to different ways to save money. There are things that most travelers will never know. Stand by until you find out about how numerous pilots fall asleep while they flying a passenger plane.

1. Airplanes get struck by lightning frequently

In regions of the world where electrical storms are prevalent, particularly around polar regions and the tropics, it’s not uncommon for aircraft to be flying around fierce storm clouds. Not only does lightning strike the ground but it also jumps between charged clouds.

Lightning usually seeks out conducting materials such as aluminium, so aircraft are prime targets. On average a commercial aeroplane can be stuck 1-2 times per year.

But don’t be alarmed. Fortunately, planes are engineered to handle lightning strikes. A lightning strike will typically hit one point on the aircraft, usually the wingtip, then travel through the aircraft fuselage and leave from another point without actually getting in.

Thus, electronic equipment and passengers are protected from surges. Most of the time, passengers won’t even know the planes been hit.

2. Dim lights are meant to prepare you for evacuation, not to sleep

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When a plane is landing at night, they dim the interior lights incase you need to evacuate upon landing… your eyes are already adjusted to the darkness so you’ll be able to see better once outside the plane.

3. You’re breathing engine air

The air you breathe on an airplane is actually compressed air taken from the engines. A large portion (25% to 50%) is blown in the flight deck, the rest is for the passengers. The air leaves the airplane via a small hole in the back of the fuselage. Well technically, you’re breathing air from the engine’s compressors, not the engine’s exhaust. The air from the engine’s compressors helps to warm and pressurize air from outside the plane. This treated air is then circulated into the cabin for you to breathe.

4. Those masks only give you 15 minutes of air 

If the oxygen masks drop down, you only have about 15 minutes of oxygen from the point of pulling them down. However, that is more than enough time for the pilot to take us to a lower altitude where you can breathe normally. Typically, as soon as the masks come down, the pilot descends to as low an altitude as possible and finds the nearest airport to land. Generally speaking, getting to an altitude where you can breathe fairly normally takes between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on the plane’s altitude when it depressurized.

5. You can unlock a lavatory from the outside.

You are able to unlock airplane lavatories from the outside. There is usually a lock mechanism concealed behind the no smoking badge on the door. Just lift the flap up and slide the bolt to unlock.

6. Pilots fall asleep while they’re flying

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Did you know that pilots fall asleep while they’re flying half of them admitted that it happened at least once while flying a passenger plane?

Pilots are assigned to take rest periods while their co-pilot mans the controls. However, about half of them said they had indeed fallen asleep “involuntarily” during a flight.

7. Tiny hole on the window

If you ever went on a plane, you probably spent hours looking around you and wondering what to do on your uncomfortable seat and, if you had the chance to be sitting close to the window, you probably spent too much time thinking about why there was a tiny hole there. Is it even supposed to be there or is the plane about to crash? To keep the pressure contained 36,000 feet above sea level there can’t be holes anywhere. So is this scary little thing trying to end your life? Don’t worry everything is going to be fine. The tiny holes in airplane windows called bleed holes are actually there for your safety. There are three window panes and the hole is located in the middle one. You are not in contact with the air outside of the plane. But why is it there anyway? It reduces the pressure on the middle pane so only the outer pane takes the force of the cabin pressure. If one of the panes is broken, we’ll still have two others to protect us.

8. Pilots get served separate meals in case one makes them sick

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Two pilots are served different meals and cannot share, this is done in case of food poisoning. This is indeed a smart idea and might be true at some airlines, but it’s not an industry rule. Says Captain Laura Russo, “meals between pilots are often identical, and there is no stipulation otherwise.

9. Those blankets have not been washed

Yeah, those just get refolded and stuffed back in the bins between flights. Only the fresh ones I ever saw were on an originating first flight in the morning in a provisioning city. Also, if you have ever spread your peanuts on your tray and eaten, or really just touched your tray at all, you have more than likely ingested baby poo. I saw more dirty diapers laid out on those trays than food. And those trays, yeah, never saw them cleaned or sanitized once. This is partly true, says active flight attendant and HuffPost blogger Sara Keagle. Keagle told us that in her airline’s coach class, freshly washed blankets are only supplied to the first flights of the day; after that, they’re just folded and re-used. She also says tray tables are cleaned only “about once a day.

10. You can be upgraded to first-class after takeoff.

Yes, we can upgrade you to business class or first class after the airplane’s doors close. No, we don’t do it very often, partly because on some airlines we have to file a report explaining why we did it, partly because there has to be a meal for you and partly because the forward cabins are often full. Who do we upgrade? Not the slob who’s dressed in a dirty tank top. It helps if you’re extremely nice, well dressed, pregnant, very tall, good looking, one of our friends, or all of the above. ( Anonymous flight attendant )

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