Secrets Flight Attendants Never Tell Passengers

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Crying babies, random delays and microwave nuked meals
are just some of the reasons many of us find the whole process of jetting off
to a new destination to be less than pleasant, but what behind the scenes secrets do
flight attendants keep hidden from their passengers. Keep watching to find out and might I
offer you any snacks or refreshments in the meantime? Number 10 secret code. If you
consider yourself a frequent flyer, you’re probably so used to hearing
various chimes at seemingly random times throughout the flight that you don’t
think twice about what they really mean. Although most times a noise like this might be followed by an announcement
from the cabin crew or pilot themselves. These chimes can also be considered a
sort of secret code between the flight deck and the cabin crew, partly to prevent
passengers from panicking. Generally, a varying number of dings can
indicate a different official message. One alone might advise attendance of some
upcoming choppy year while two usually conveys that the aircraft is approaching
10,000 feet in altitude and three can mean severe turbulence is guaranteed
advising attendance to be seated immediately. Besides these practical and effective
codes though pilots and attendance have also commented that these chimes might
be used to communicate private messages between the main plane and
the flight deck. For example, one shine from the pilots might mean, Hey, can we have a coffee when you’re free? While three from the cabin crew might
tell the pilots we have a passenger on board with a medical issue,
which could require a diversion. Number nine, flying with the dead. It’s nothing out of the ordinary to look
around during your flight and see most passengers dozing
peacefully in their seats, especially if your flight
times aren’t exactly ideal, but what if not every one
is just sleeping? Yes. While extremely rare, all members of the cabin crew must be
prepared for the unfortunate event of a natural death while thousands
of feet up in the air. But the truth is there is no real course
of action in place for this occasion considering they can’t exactly
remove a corpse mid-flight. If this does happen, the flight attendant’s primary concern
is to not alert other passengers by causing a big commotion. So the best thing to do is to ensure
that the deceased person has a properly buckled seatbelt and to temporarily
cover them with a blanket. As very few planes have special
lockers or body bags prepared for such circumstances. In some cases, the passenger might also be moved to
first class where there are less people so that their death is more discreet, so you see someone looking
like this during your flight, you should probably fear the
worst. That’s not all though, because you could also find yourself
flying in the company of a corpse being transported for burial or even a cooler
full of organs needed for a transplant at any given time, both of which are discretely
loaded alongside all other luggage. Number eight, double check
your safety equipment. If you’ve already flown a few times
in your life listening to the safety announcement as you’ve watched the cabin
crew point out all the available exits might seem like a bit of a chore, but you might just want to pay special
attention to all the safety equipment available to you. The announcement will likely tell you
that there was a life jacket stored under your seat in the event of an emergency.
But what if this isn’t always the case? The life jacket is the most frequently
stolen safety item on board the aircraft. While it’s worth double checking that
your own life jacket hasn’t been pinched, you should also listen carefully to the
information given about the oxygen masks which will drop down from above your head. Although some people have reservations
about the amount of oxygen contained in these small bags. Research shows that in the event
of sudden aircraft decompression, you have about 18 seconds of useful
consciousness in which to safely installed your own mask and although airplane
accidents are still super rare, it pays to observe the smaller details.
They might just save your life. Number seven, airplane
food is not good food. This one might not come
as much of a shock, but just how much Do you know about
the food served up in those little foil containers besides the fact that no one
would willingly eat it if they weren’t stuck thousands of feet up in the air. All inflight meals are
cooked in industrial kitchens
near the airport way before it’s delivered to your individual
tray table, which by the way, is only wiped down once a day. In flight meals are generally prepared
between 12 and 72 hours before take off and then blast cooled
to five degrees Celsius, but they can technically be chilled
for up to five days before breaching international food hygiene standards. But what really makes
airplane food tastes so bad? It actually comes down to basic science. As air pressure drops and humidity at
30,000 feet sinks below 12% which is dryer than most deserts, Our
taste buds and nasal cavity, which accounts for 80% of
what we consider taste, become so dehydrated that food tastes
significantly blander than it would on the ground. To enhance the basic sweet
and salty tastes, Extra salt, sugar and fat is usually
added to the food, meaning that the average inflight meal
contains around 1500 calories alone. Although the pilots must also choose
their meal from the very same menu, they aren’t allowed to pick the same
option as their copilots as a preventative measure, which ensures that both will not suffer
from potential food poison and get once. Pretty smart Really. Number six tea, coffee or champagne on board beverages
can hardly be considered a safe bet either , especially the hot kind as low cabin
pressure means the water boils at 90 degrees Celsius instead of the
usual of 100 degrees Celsius. Mark, you can’t expect an on flight cup of
tea to taste the same as your home brew while cruising above ground. Similarly, our increasingly dried out sinuses are
also proven to alter the familiar taste of coffee. If that’s more your thing. That’s not all though because
your favorite hot drinks
are almost definitely not prepared using safely bottled water,
but rather the aircraft’s own tap water, which is far from ideal. You see the process of emptying the
toilet and refilling the plane with enough water for its next journey is usually
carried out by the same person in quick succession during layover periods. So there’s a chance the water
you’re drinking has been
contaminated by traces of some dudes Dukie. On top of this, there can also be a buildup of grid and
materials in valves and pipes due to the lack of time to properly
clean them between flights. Although many people enjoy a drop of
the hard stuff while relaxing on board. You should also know that even the best
wine might taste entirely flat up in the air because liquid thins out and
becomes leaner at higher altitudes. If you’re looking for a better option
to wet your palate and calm your nerves, I suggest you go for a
classier glass of champagne, which has its own system of preserved
flavor delivered through all those tiny little bubbles. Number five, your smartphone won’t bring
down the plane..Probably. One of the most common myths about flying
is that if you don’t add here to the strict instruction to set your personal
electronic devices to airplane mode before taking off, you could bring
the whole plane down in flames. This is not entirely true. In fact, electronic carry on devices like a laptop
or your smartphone aren’t individually capable of interfering with any of the
critical electronics required to keep the plane airborne. The primary concern is that the radio
use to access your cell network can interrupt signal communication between
the flight deck and the control tower and a plane full of people using their
mobile phones could cause a fair deal of potential confusion due to
combined radio emissions. Although the U S has considered changing
rules to enable cellular signals to be connected for passengers on
planes above 10,000 feet, it is likely that the ban on receiving
or making calls on board will stay firmly in place because the last thing a cramped
aircraft could do with is a bunch of people having loud telephone
conversations. Number four, the best seats in the house. Some people aren’t all that bothered
about seat allocation while preparing for an upcoming flight, while others will actively avoid the
middle seat or the unlucky aisle. 13 which has even been removed from
certain planes to East flyers minds. But where is the safest
place to sit while flying? Research has shown that despite the
extra leg room come to your seats and generally more peaceful experience, First class is actually the last place
you want to be sat In the case of a real emergency. In 2012 scientists purposely crashed a
Boeing seven 37 aircraft and to discover that none of the crash dummies positioned
in first class would’ve survived in a real life scenario. We have some seats even found around
500 feet from the original crash site. It is generally believed that seats
closest to the wings or stronger and therefore safer while seats nearest to
the emergency exit allow you the best chances of escape should
the plane catch on fire, in which case you have about 90
seconds to get out safely. In fact, those sitting in the safest seats in
the aircraft are the flight attendants themselves who are positioned in backward
basing seats at the rear of the plane, which provide much more
back and neck support. The reason why the rest of the seats on
board aren’t also backwards spacing is quite simply because they
cost more to install. Given that these seats are heavier and
therefore increase fuel consumption, but you know, safety
first, right? Number three, time is money. A Delayed take off,
can be frustrating for us all, and sitting with your seatbelt fastened
awaiting the announcement that the plane is finally preparing to move
can often feel like a lifetime, but have you ever considered that the
flight attendants patiently answering everyone’s questions during this period
aren’t actually getting paid yet? Although individual pay structures
may differ between airlines, both the pilots and cabin crew generally
don’t start getting paid until the parking brake is released or the main
exit door is closed and pay stops again when the break has been
re-applied and the door reopened. This also means that all necessary means
of pre-flight preparation including any pilot checks like weather, route coordination and
briefings as well as attendance, assisting passengers with boarding
the plane and finding their seats, is technically unpaid work. This has been the traditional way of
accurately calculating the shift time of airline workers for years
and unfortunately for them, airline regulations aren’t too keen
on changing it now. From now one, you should probably remember to be nicer
to your cabin crew because dealing with rude passengers is hard enough, but dealing with difficult individuals
for free is a whole new ballgame. Number two, sleeping on the job. Working on an aircraft can be a seriously
stressful job that comes with long, irregular hours and some serious
multitasking requirements. Especially if you’re the
one flying the plane. It’s no surprise then that
in a survey of 500 pilots, half agreed that at least once a month
their ability to fly was compromised by a lack of sleep. While in another study, 43 to 54% of UK, Swedish
and Norwegian pilots asked, admitted to actually falling
asleep while flying. Wait, what? Don’t panic just yet because
autopilot is always a handy solution. Plus the copilot can take over at any
time except for when a quarter of the pilots from that same study claimed
to have woken up to find their copilot dozing too. Sleeping on the job doesn’t just happen
accidentally though as both pilots and flight attendants are given
private sleeping quarters
so they can sneak off or a much needed Kip during long haul flights. Some sleeping quarters like those on
a Boeing seven 77 and seven 87 can be accessed by a secret locked staircase
near the cockpit while others like the Boeing seven 73 cabins are disguised
as a regular overhead storage locker. These hidden areas can have anywhere
from six to 10 beds or bunks depending on the airline and can contain a reading
light, blankets, pillows, private storage, and in some cases pajamas. Although
flight attendants can barely stand up, overhead sleeping quarters for pilots
are a little plusher and can fit two business class seats, two sleeping areas and enough room
for either a closet sink or toilet. Think about that. The next time your legs are squashed
by the reclined seat in front of you. Number one, the fake lock . Popping to use the toilet is something
few of us can avoid during a lengthy flight and oftentimes you might find
yourself hearing up the aisle waiting for that red engaged light to turn green. But what if I told you the locking
bathroom is little more than an illusion. In fact, anyone can open the laboratory from the
outside if they happen to be a flight attendant. Who knows how that is.
As with everything else on board, the toilet must be easily accessible
in the case of a sudden emergency, so the locking system has been designed
with a secret latch or a switch hidden beneath the laboratory sign, which will disable the luck and allow
cabin crew to open the door if someone was passed out or stuck inside. Much like the sleeping quarters which
are explained on a visible onboard sign, this is probably something you never
thought to look for and as mechanisms may vary between airlines, the chances of
you figuring it out are slim anyway. Not to mention facing a
potential criminal offense. Were you already aware of
any of these airline secrets? And we’ll do you think twice about your
next selection of food and beverages on board? Let me know in the
comments, and thanks for watching.

 

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