21 Secrets Airlines Are Keeping From Their Passengers… Some Of Them You NEED To Know.
I've traveled all over the world, and ridden on planes ranging from luxury 777's to six-seater private jets that run on clanky propellers and a prayer. No matter how much I travel and how many planes I've encountered, I can't ever shake the feeling of unease that occurs when the pilot says "We've been cleared for takeoff: Flight attendants, take your seats." It's a phobia that will likely stay with me for life, and I've come to accept it.
That being said, these airline secrets simultaneously put me at ease while making me clutch my pearls in terror. On the one hand, it's great to know the truth. On the other hand, you just might wish you didn't. Check the insider info below, and decide how you feel about your next sky-high adventure.
#1. The pilots will never tell you if an engine has failed.
In case of this type of malfunction, the most a pilot will divulge is that one of the engines isn't "working properly." Most of the time, they won't say anything at all. Try not to panic: Most planes can land normally, even if one engine is totally down.
#2. The pilot will also never tell you he's gone completely blind.
Whether it be due to clouds, fog, and darkness, there are often times during a routine flight when a pilot can't see anything at all. Instead, he or she relies on autopilot to guide the way. Nothing like putting your life in the hands of a robot.
#3. If the flight attendants are told to sit down, prepare yourself.
It's common for the seatbelt sign to turn on and off during a flight - most of the time, it's just routine turbulence. However, if the pilot tells the flight attendants to take a seat, that means that they are expecting an updraft. Basically, an updraft is a giant air bump, and it causes the plane to jerk up and down violently. Sometimes, the drink carts can even leave the floor and hit the ceiling.
#4. Planes are incredibly germy.
The flight attendants do their best to clean up the plane after each flight, but planes are still hotbeds for bacteria. The worst offenders are the tray tables (and the buttons that are used to push them down).
#5. Water landings: They're not a thing.
Though they are sometimes successful, the reality is that a water landing is simply a plane, crashing into the ocean. Somehow, that doesn't sound nearly as graceful.
#6. The overhead mask is full of lies.
Though they tout themselves are real lifesavers, oxygen masks only contain about 15 minutes worth of oxygen from the moment of release. That doesn't seem like enough time, but bear in mind that if the oxygen mask has dropped, that means that the pilot is trying to get to a lower altitude (where you can breathe normally) as quickly as possible.
#7. Your lifejacket might not be there.
For some ungodly reason, many airlines have a problem with people stealing the lifejackets for souvenirs. In fact, flight attendants and airline experts advise fliers to check for them as soon as they sit down. If it's missing, it can be replaced.
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