Of course, airlines want you to think that travel by air is perfectly safe. And, for the most part it definitely is! However, accidents can and do happen. What’s even crazier is that there are some things about airplanes and airlines that are specifically designed for such emergencies. Even crazier, there are more than a few safety protocols that might leave you scratching your head.
We’re going to warn you. If you already have an innate fear of flying, then don’t read on. The 15 facts that airlines definitely don’t want you to know will only make your fear of flying worse. But, if you’ve got the stomach for it, then let us introduce you to some fun facts you can share with your fellow passengers the next time you’re on a long haul somewhere.
1. Sleeping on the Job
Autopilot is an incredible thing these days, and it means that pilots can take a bit of a snooze while the plane is in flight. (Don’t worry, one or the other is always awake… We hope.)
2. Pilots Get Special Food
You know what would suck? Two pilots getting sick off the airplane food on a long flight. Airlines know this, which is why they don’t eat the same food as passengers. (What does that tell you?)
3. Gross Water
Really thirsty and can’t get the attendant to give you a bottle of water? Don’t head for the tap, because the water coming out of it is loaded with bacteria.
4. You Can Open a Locked Restroom
It makes sense that you should be able to open a locked restroom on an airplane, but you wouldn’t believe how easy it is.
5. Need to Know Bomb Threats
Let’s say that someone called in a bomb threat to the plane you’re on. Guess what? The flight crew would never tell you about it…