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30 Pilots And Flight Attendants Confess The Best Kept Secrets You Don’t Know About Flying

I’ll answer the ones I know for sure, from 30 Pilots And Flight Attendants Confess The Best Kept Secrets You Don’t Know About Flying.

  1. The truth behind turning off electronics. True. The FAA and FCC have known for a while that modern electronic equipment poses no real threat to aircraft. The laws remain for bureaucratic reasons and to dissuade people from being distracted by their devices during safety briefings and the like.
  2. Pilots are sleeping most of the time. What I can say for sure is that on longer flights pilots are often required to sleep. There will be a relief crew onboard and when one crew is asleep in the rest area, the other is flying.
  3. How a pilot approaches landing. If the airplane is landing in bad weather, chances are the pilot wasn’t flying at all, but instead the autopilot. So don’t blame the pilot if the touchdown is stiff.
  4. Just because you’re flying with a big airline, doesn’t mean the pilots are experienced.
    [Terrible grammar in these.] Yes, many short legs are flown by regional airlines under the banner of a major airline. You can look on FlightAware to see the true operator of your flight.
  5. The true story behind those oxygen masks. Yes, there’s only about 15 minutes of oxygen per passenger. (Newer planes have more.) An emergency descent to a breathable altitude should only take about 5 minutes, though.
  6. The water in the lavatories is very dirty. Unsure.
  7. Regarding the food on the plane. Yes, the pilots are served different meals. Don’t know about stealing.
  8. The truth about flying with pets. Yeah, don’t fly with your pets unless you absolutely have to (like you’re moving across the country).
  9. What flight attendants really do after telling the plane to turn off their electronics. Believable.
  10. A trick for making more space for yourself. Unknown.
  11. Don’t drink water on a plane that didn’t come from a bottle. Unknown.
  12. On the importance of locking your bags. Sure, why not.
  13. The REAL reason the lights on the airplane dim when landing. Sounds reasonable.
  14. Lightning and the power of a pilot. Yes, lightning strikes aircraft all the time. They’re built to harmlessly conduct lightning away. The other part about pilot powers is a little exaggerated. Passengers and crew are by law required to follow the orders of a pilot, but I don’t think any fines he or she might write would hold up in court.
  15. Those lavatories unlock from the outside. True.
  16. A true story of a bomb threat. There are procedures for dealing with a bomb threat, even overwater. I don’t know about all of them but I do know they move passengers around some and make some radio calls.
  17. Tipping can go a long way. Never tried.
  18. SkyMall is one big rip-off. Well duh.
  19. How your checked bags are really treated. If you’ve watched the baggage handlers out the window you can see they are mostly just trying to load the plane as fast as possible before they take a lunch. I doubt they go out of their way to mistreat fragile bags but they’re not exactly giving anything white glove treatment.
  20. A flight attendant reveals just how dirty everything is. Unknown.
  21. A loophole so you never have to pay baggage fees. Yeah we’ve all done this.
  22. Most flights are also carrying human organs. Don’t know about “most” but some definitely do. Also coffins.
  23. Airports haven’t covered all of their security bases yet. This is practically a tautology. Nothing in life is perfectly secure.
  24. Planes without engines can glide for a really long time. The actual glide ratio is dependent on the type and weight of the aircraft but a 42-mile glide from 35k feet is ballpark reasonable. “It’s why most accidents happen landing or taking off” – that however is patently false. The reason takeoff and landing are more accident-prone is because risk is higher, safety margins are lower, and reaction times are more critical, not because of the benefits of a glide. Suffering a failure of all engines is exceptionally rare, no matter what phase of flight.
  25. The drinking water used for coffee and tea is FILTHY. No idea about this. But this whole list is coming down pretty hard on the water in airplanes.
  26. Why it’s always easier to just take the batteries out. Eh, sure, I suppose this happens.
  27. Planes have a hard time flying on hot days. Yes, hot days mean less dense air means fewer air molecules per unit volume to burn means lower engine power. I wouldn’t use the phrase “struggled” or “hard time” — the planes just have less engine power available and so they can carry less weight. Planes always take off with enough weight so that they can safely climb; there’s no “struggling.” Also the phrasing makes it seem like it’s the thin air that makes it hard to take off, but not directly; it’s the reduced thrust from the thin air that requires the weight reduction.
  28. Even the headphones that come wrapped up aren’t new. Believable, but who cares.
  29. The real reason there are still ashtrays in lavatories. Believable.
  30. How to tell from the ground if a plane is being hijacked. This is an old signal and almost certainly discontinued if it ever was used. There are many subtle ways that a pilot can signal something’s not quite right, by skipping unimportant steps after landing. Also, “wing flaps that slow the plane down” – the speedbrakes slow the plane down; the wing flaps provide lift at lower speeds.

“Now that you have learned these secrets about flying, don’t forget to share them with your friends!” You bet I will, Internet web page!