Think you know everything that there is to know about flying? Think again. We were absolutely amazed when we took to reddit to find out what it was that airline staff knew about flying that the majority of the public does not.
You'll be shocked and amused by these incredible insights from the people who know more about air travel than absolutely anyone else.
These 15 snippets of information will change the way you approach flying forever and they will absolutely entertain you as you learn. We definitely have our pick for most useful tip, but we'll let you get to the end before we share!
1. Now They Tell Us
This is something they ought to mention when you book. /u/wishiwasyou333 says, "Don't use the pillows. Bring your own. The pillows do not get cleaned. The blankets don't either."
2. This Explains A Lot
Per Diem Max
If you feel you're not getting much love from cabin crew, it's probably because of this: "Flight attendants are often hungover or 'out of it' on flights. The unions make it very hard to get fired."
3. Slow Down
An anonymous redditor tells us why you want to slow down on your drinks: "You get drunk quicker on board due to the air pressure (or something) and we don't tolerate drunken bullcrap. It's not a bar; you don't just get thrown out by the bouncer. You get off-loaded and possibly even black listed. If you're clearly loaded before we've even taken off, then chances are you're not going to be going anywhere."
4. Feeling Left Out
Somethings are just frustrating to learn. /u/penguinopusredux says, "Yes, on trans-oceanic flights there is a cabin for crew to get some sleep. No, you won't be invited in for fun times. On some newer planes there's also a hold for people who have died on the flight. No, you won't be invited in for fun times either."
5. Cost Savings
Want to keep a hold of your cash? Follow /u/Tjeffersonskid's tip, "If you ask to be upgraded to a better seat in economy, we will have to make you pay. However, if you just sit down in any empty and act inconspicuous, we won't notice or care."
6. Sit Down Slowly
This is just a little intimidating. /u/BowieBlueEye wants you to know, "We have fire axes and extremely heavy emergency equipment on board and are under orders to stop you entering the cockpit by 'any means necessary’. Just saying."
7. Give Them A Break
Think twice before going behind the curtain. /u/thusFathrowaway explains, "If we're in the galley with the curtain closed, it's probably because we're sitting in our jump seat scarfing down food or rubbing our sore feet, and you make it really awkward for us if you stick your head back there and ask for another Diet Coke."
8. That's Not Very Appealing
It might be time to start taking your own refreshments according to /u/sonoskietto: "I’ve stopped drinking coffee, tea, or any warm beverage since I learnt they use water from the water tank. Those water tanks, by the way, are not adequately cleaned and are teeming with bacteria."
9. Glow In The Dark
We really had no idea. We wish we still didn't. /u/Sarefreer says, "You might be surprised how much more radiation you're exposed to at altitude than on the ground."
10. Breathe Easy Now
This is really handy to know. /u/Skeeee explains, "It is nearly impossible for turbulence to crash a plane (even the bad stuff). Turbulence is only dangerous because of things flying around the cabin and that includes people not wearing seat belts."
11. Flying The Flag
This sounds bizarre. /u/sidhoog2 says, "My father is a pilot and apparently one time when he was flying a flight back to Australia, the champion Australian rugby team was flying back on his flight. They rented out the entirety of first class, and the moment the flight reached cruising altitude, stripped down to their boxers."
12. Oh No!
This is really scary. /u/Giftofnarwhals says, "I used to work with elderly people and one of my clients was a former pilot that finally quit when he realized in the middle of a flight his dementia had progressed and he couldn't remember where he was supposed to be flying to. Meaning he had been flying for a commercial airline with dementia for quite some time before that."
13. Somewhat Alarming
An anonymous user did not boost our confidence in flying, "I just started working for an airline. Newsflash: the airplane you're flying on is probably defective in some way. Obviously if it's not safe, the aircraft wont take off. But there's always something wrong with an airplane it undergoes so much stress that it can't possibly be maintained to a perfect degree."
14. Very Useful
We liked this tip from /u/DeviantOffspring a lot, "In the event of a situation where passengers have to cover their heads you should not 'lock' your fingers over your head. Instead, place one hand on top of the other. That way, if something falls on your hand/head, you'll still have one good hand to use."
15. Macabre Thoughts
Travel and Leisure
/u/oh_sneezus shares this horrifying thought: "There are sometimes body parts in the storage area near your luggage (when they are flying transplants to hospitals). Also, your pets are in the same area as well."
There you go, a bunch of tips to help you optimize your flying experience a little better. Our favorite? Staying out of the galley while the curtain is closed! Never thought of that ...
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