For this list, we’ll be going over the lesser known facts about air travel that the airlines and their employees don’t exactly broadcast.
10 You Can Ask For More Food
We all know that most airplane food isn’t going to be winning any awards for culinary excellence or even a basic taste. However, some long flights can leave you feeling ready and willing to eat just about anything. What you may not know is that because the food is pre-made, it spoils soon after and anything leftover is going to be thrown away after the flight. Meaning that if you’re feeling especially hungry, you can ask for some more. It will prevent the food from going to waste and fill your belly at the same time. So win win.
9 Fragile Containers Get Tossed Around Like The Rest
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transporting any kind of cargo on planes can be tough, but it can be especially tough when what you’re bringing is easily broken while their expectations are that, if we label our container as fragile that it will be strapped down or stored safely to prevent jostling, the reality is that it gets thrown around like everything else in the cargo Bay. Labeling a container as fragile only indicates to human handlers that the item should be handled with care. The plane has no such ability. In the end, all we can do is pack it with soft surroundings and hope for the best.
8 Don’t Drink The Water
Popular wisdom suggests not drinking the water when visiting a foreign country, but the same holds true for the plane you may take to get there. The water tanks on airplanes often build up residue and have a higher than average percentage of bacteria compared to the standard levels found in most drinking water. While few cases of people getting sick from airline water have been proven, it’s still probably better to air on the side of caution and avoid water and anything made from it like tea or coffee, unless it comes from a bottle
7 Complementary Items Are Reused
Flight attendants usually dole out free or inexpensive items to use while on board. These include pillows, blankets and some kind of headphones. One of the reasons they’re so willing to give them away is that the items are often recycled from previous flights, which means they’re not always cleaned thoroughly. Even the items that come pre packaged have often been used by prior passengers, so the next time you’re offered something you might want to think twice about who may have used it before you, and whether or not you want to stick it in your ears.
6 Changing Tray Tables
You may want to leave your tray tables full and upright. After this, though typically used for their intended purpose, there are those who use travel tables for a more unconventional activity, changing diapers. Well, it would naturally be more sanitary to change diapers elsewhere. Some parents or guardians prefer convenience over courtesy, though there are no doubt occasional emergencies. This habit has likely contributed to trade tables having eight times more bacteria than the bathroom flush buttons, gross.
5 Pilots Downplay Any Problems
If you’ve ever gotten the feeling that your pilot isn’t being entirely truthful over the loudspeaker, you may be right. Pilots often lie about any problems they encounter, or else repackage the issue in less alarming language. This is done to prevent passengers from panicking about something as it’s better that they stay calm than for them to worry about something they can’t do anything to fix. Having a bunch of people freaking out in a metal box up in the sky isn’t good for anyone. #4 flight durations are inflated. If aviation technology has increased in efficiency and speed, then why have flight times increased? 2 simple padding airlines overestimate how long flights will take to give themselves more leeway. If any unexpected delays crop up. But this also means that they’ll intentionally extend the time they take in order to stay on time instead of ahead of time. While all that time spent taxiing on the runway is frequently the result of a high volume of planes, it can also be because airlines are trying to stick to their schedule. No matter how inconvenient it is for the passengers.
3 Keep Your Shoes On
We can understand the urge to kick back and relax on flights. They take ages, so why not settle in and get comfortable? Well, because airplanes are absolutely filthy, chances are someone threw up at least once where you want to put your feet. Now, granted, the airlines do clean their planes so the grime and gunk may not be visible, but it’s definitely there. Also, these cleanings are usually cosmetic, since planes are only cleaned thoroughly about once a month and with how many people use them during that. It’s best not to get too comfortable.
2 Oxygen Mask Don’t Last Long, Though
Unmerciful few of us ever need to use them, let alone see them. The thought of oxygen masks being there is a somewhat comforting one. Should something go wrong with the pre-flight instructions? Don’t tell you though. Is that the amount of oxygen on board? Most flights will only last 15 minutes at most. While this may seem like a small amount, you can breathe easy as this is usually enough time for the pilot to bring the plane to a lower altitude where additional oxygen isn’t necessary.
1 Flights Often Have Grizzly Cargo
Given that it’s mostly stowed below our feet, we never know what kind of cargo is coming along for the ride with us. As it turns out, it can be rather morbid. A lot of the time flights are often used to transport dead bodies, as people often die away from home, necessitating transport for burial. Plans are also used to transport human organs for transplants, since it’s often cheaper and faster than shipping them over land. So while it may be unsettling knowing there’s a dead body or body parts on your flight. Try to think about instead how they’re going to be, where they’re needed.
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