Many people are afraid to fly. It’s one of the biggest phobias on the planet. Maybe that’s why you’ll never hear the airlines talking about the following things. Sorry if these secrets do little for your anxiety, but they should be known.
Should you face the frightening situation of having to use the oxygen mask beware. They only supply about 15 minutes worth of oxygen. This is usually sufficient for most emergencies, but unfortunately there are cases when that just isn’t enough time.
Don’t Count The Screws
Believe it or not, the airlines have guidelines on how many screws can go missing on a plane. We’re not engineers, but one missing screw is one too many.
Yes, it’s true. Lightning hits airplanes. Most of the time nothing happens, but there have been cases where the electronic systems of a plane have had issues.
Nap Tme For Pilots
It usually happens on those long haul flights. Pilots just nod off even though they have scheduled sleep times. Thankfully, auto-pilot doesn’t need to sleep..
Where’s That Flotation Device?
They say you’ve got a flotation device under your seat. Unfortunately, some people don’t care about your safety and decide they could use it at home. Check, just to make sure.
The Crew Is Tired
If you’re taking a night flight, don’t be surprised if supper comes late. Apparently, the crew likes to wait until people are asleep so that there’s less serving to do. Maybe that’s their version of “stealth mode.”
Bomb – What Bomb?
If you’re flying over the water and there’s a bomb threat called in you’ll never know about it. That’s information that’s classified as “need-to-know.” The reason you don’t need to know is because you will panic. We can’t have that on a plane.
Skip The Plane’s Tap Water
Water fountains on planes have a much higher level of bacteria. About 100x more than the allowable limit in the U.S. Bring your own bottle.
Careful What You Pack
Nothing worse than a piece of luggage that starts to vibrate. When that happens, you’ll be called into the examination room. To avoid embarrassment, leave the vibrator at home.
Toilets Are Always Accessible
You’d think that you have total privacy in the toilet. Think again. You can actually unlock the door from the outside.
Food For The Crew
Each pilot gets a different type of food. This is to avert the potential of one of them getting food poisoning. This assures that there is always one pilot to fly the plane.
Forget Clean Pillows
So you think that just because they’re in a plastic bag that they’re brand new and clean. Forget about it. The comfort pillows offered on flights are never washed. Oooo – gross!
Table Tray Cooties
It’s enough to make you sick, and it possibly will. Remember that the fold down lunch tray has at one time, probably been used by someone to change diapers.