A recent Ask Reddit thread asked pilots & flight attendants the darkest secrets of the airline industry. Here are the best revelations they found:
EVEN THE HEADPHONES THAT COME WRAPPED UP AREN’T NEW.
PILOTS ARE SLEEPING MOST OF THE TIME.
THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THOSE OXYGEN MASKS.
THE REAL REASON THE LIGHTS ON THE AIRPLANE DIM WHEN LANDING.
REGARDING FOOD ON THE PLANE.
THE TRUTH ABOUT FLYING WITH PETS.
WHAT FLIGHT ATTENDANTS REALLY DO AFTER TELLING THE PLANE TO TURN OFF THEIR ELECTRONICS.
LIGHTNING AND THE POWER OF A PILOT.
DON’T DRINK WATER ON A PLANE THAT DIDN’T COME FROM A BOTTLE.
THE DRINKING WATER USED FOR COFFEE AND TEA IS FILTHY.
THOSE LAVATORIES UNLOCK FROM THE OUTSIDE.
THE WATER IN THE LAVATORIES IS VERY DIRTY TOO.Whatever you do, do not drink the water in the lav. It is bad enough to “wash” your hands in it. We sanitize the water tank at selected maintenance intervals, however parasites build tolerances to these cleaners.
Check the outside of the aircraft when walking in. If the paint is crappy shape, the plane is in crappy shape. Skydrol (hydraulic fluid) is a nasty fluid and will dissolve everything. So if the paint is missing, it’s probably from a skydrol leak. No one wants a hydraulic leak at 35,000 ft in the air. As you can’t just pull over and top the reservoir off.
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCKING YOUR BAGS.
HOW YOUR CHECKED BAGS ARE REALLY TREATED.If it says “fragile,” it’s getting thrown harder. If it’s says this side up, it’s going to be upside down. We have to fit freight and 100+ bags in a cargo pit. It has to fit how it’s going to fit…I will tell you that when we see “I heart baggage handlers” bag tags…We take special care of your shit.
HOW A PILOT APPROACHES LANDING.
TIPPING COULD GO A LONG WAY.
WHY IT’S ALWAYS EASIER TO JUST TAKE THE BATTERIES OUT.Women: if you pack a toy in your bag, take the batteries out. Because if I’m loading your bag, and I hear it vibrating I have to tell my lead. Then my lead has to come pull you off the aircraft and you have to open your bag and turn off your toy in front of a bunch of giggling grown ass men.
JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE FLYING WITH A BIG AIRLINE, DOESN’T MEAN THE PILOTS ARE EXPERIENCED.
THE TRUTH BEHIND TURNING OFF ELECTRONICS.
A FLIGHT ATTENDANT REVEALS JUST HOW DIRTY EVERYTHING TRULY IS.
A LOOPHOLE SO YOU NEVER HAVE TO PAY BAGGAGE FEES.You can almost always gate check baggage (unless it’s abnormally large) take two large carry-ons and ask then to gate check one. It’s free and I never pay fees.
AIRPORTS HAVEN’T COVERED ALL OF THEIR SECURITY BASES YET.
MOST FLIGHTS ARE ALSO CARRYING HUMAN ORGANS.
PLANES WITHOUT ENGINES CAN STILL GLIDE FOR A REALLY LONG TIME.
PLANES HAVE A HARD TIME FLYING ON HOT DAYS.I worked the ramp in Phoenix. On especially hot days, we had to offload cargo because planes struggled to take off in the thin air.
THE REAL REASON THERE ARE STILL ASHTRAYS IN THE LAVATORIES
HOW TO TELL FROM THE GROUND IF A PLANE IS BEING HIJACKED.If the plane is being hijacked when the pilot lands they will leave the wing flaps up that slow the plane down, this is to signal the airport that there is something happening in the plane.
I'm thoroughly horrified (and enlightened).
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