Pilots fall asleep on the flight, the air in the aircraft cabin causes illness, your seat lacks life jackets, the behind seats have high survivability…. are secrets in the field of aviation you should know. The largest “mysteries” on the airplane that almost only people in the industry of aviation or a few people know.
Economy class seats are generally safer
The vast majority of studies show that people sitting at the head of the plane, (business class), are more likely to die in accidents. Meanwhile, people who sit behind or sit near the emergency exit will have more chance of survival.
Air in the cockpit or cabin can cause illness
Air pollution in the cockpit or cabin due to toxic gas from the aircraft engine is not a new problem.
Dozens of pilots protested because repeatedly inhaling toxic gas, causing dizziness and nausea, while airlines did not pay much attention to this.
In January 2016, a number of people started a campaign to install an air-to-air emission meter in order to provide timely solution.
Airport staff drinks alcohol that confiscated from passengers
Jason Harrington, a staff member at the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from 2007 to 2013, told the Politico magazine that sometimes airport employees drink alcohol that passengers are forced to leave them back before boarding.
Emergency landing often occurs
Maybe you think emergency landing is a rare occurrence. However, in October, Heathrow airport statistics showed that an average of one emergency landing per week here. In all, there have been 266 emergency landing in the last five years.
Rarely occurs big airplane turbulence
Rarely the aircraft goes into the area of serious turbulence. An airplane can be wobbled up and down about 30m as it passes through the turbulence area, not hundreds of meters as people still describe it after experiencing panic because the plane is wobbling.
The pilot fell asleep
According to a study published by the British Aviation Pilots Association earlier, nearly half of the pilots fell asleep in the cockpit. Later, the European Aviation Security Agency (EASA) proposed changing the working hours of the pilots.
You can buy lost baggage
As a rule, unaccompanied luggage is kept at the airport for 90 days. They are then donated or auctioned. However, do not expect to be able to get gold or gems. Most of the items sold are old clothes, handbags and normal electronic equipment.
Under your seat, life jackets may be missing
George Hobica, an aviation expert, said many passengers tend to take life vests as souvenirs. If cabin crew found, the offender may be fined.
Cabin crews usually check aircraft early in the day. After several flights, the flight attendants may miss and not recognize the lost life vest. So be sure to check the life vest under your seat to tell promptly the support staff if it is lost.
Airplanes are often struck by lightning
According to Patrick Smith, a pilot and co-author of Cockpit Confidential, the plane may have been struck by lightning more than we imagined.
On average, each plane is struck by lightning once in two or three years. However, thanks to the structure and outer shell, the electric current from the lightning does not affect the passengers in the aircraft cabin, the lightning only cause slight damage outside the aircraft.
Change to business class seat free of charge
By 2015, the Telegraph survey found that 60% of the 3,000 respondents who had been transferred from the economy class seat to the business class seat at no cost.
Every night before the flight, airlines will filter out the list of people they allow to change seats, which are mainly loyal customers, businesspersons or celebrities, those who can continue to use airline’s service if they get favors.
If all four engines are broken, you still have the chance to survive
According to Patrick Smith, all four engines of aircraft are broken is rare, but still happen. The cause may be due to run out of fuel, due to the impact of volcanic ash or by flying birds. However, in most cases, crew and passengers still have the chance to survive with an emergency landing.
Cannot open the door of plane during the journey
“Pressure in the cockpit and cabin does not allow you to do that,” said pilot Patrick Smith.
Passengers do not know the depravity condition of the aircraft
“We just tell the passengers what they need to know – Jim Tilmon, a retired American pilot reveals – We do not say things that scare them away and panic. Therefore, the crew never says things like: ladies and gentlemen, our aircraft engine has just broken down, though this is happening. ”
Reasons make food on the plane become not tasty
Low humidity and air pressure greatly affect the taste buds and quality of food. Normally, before launching a new menu, airlines must experiment by eating these items in the flight to assess the level of taste change.
Aircraft has ashtrays
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ashtrays are listed as the minimum items that the aircraft needs. Although smoking on the plane is prohibited, but if some passengers like to break the law would rather have an ashtray than to throw the cigarette in the garbage can cause a fire.
The passenger who sleeps in the luxury seat may have died
In a documentary, a British airline employee revealed about the dead man on the plane.
“You can not let corpses into the toilet. It is disrespectful to the dead and the body is not fixed when the plane landed, “he said. As a result, the crew decided to place the corpse in the first luxury, while informing the people sitting nearby.