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December 14, 2018
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Pilots explain 10 interesting secrets on the plane that rarely disclosed

Pilots must shave their beard, they must go to restroom one by one and the oxygen cylinders are only enough for for 15 minutes of breathing… are things that people rarely know. Let us explore these interesting secrets.

Pilots must shave their beard

There are many airlines stipulate their pilots are not allowed to have a beard. The reason is that if pilots have the beard, especially long beard, in case of emergency, they must wear an oxygen mask, and the beard will make the mask does not fit in your face. That leads to oxygen leakage, which endangers the pilot. The health of the pilot is always a priority because he holds in his hand hundreds of lives, so the regulations for pilots are also more stringent.

Pilots must shave their beard
Pilots must shave their beard

Airplanes do not fly in straight lines

Many people think that the plane will fly in straight lines as the flying of a bird, but the fact is not like that, especially when looking at the flying route map. Almost are arcs lines, sometimes also zigzag lines. The first reason is that because the globe is spherical and the planes fly on the Earth’s surface, while the map is flat and show up the curved or zigzagged lines. In addition, for reasons of weather, air traffic, flight safety, aviation security in each area that the aircraft will fly in its own orbit.

Airplanes do not fly in straight lines
Airplanes do not fly in straight lines

How pilots go to the toilet?

When one of the pilots needs to use the toilet, the flight attendant will enter the cockpit and wait until the pilot returns the cockpit. This solution avoids the case of remain pilots in the cockpit lock the door and controlling the aircraft for malicious purposes.

How pilots go to the toilet
How pilots go to the toilet

Food on the plane is “tasteless”

This is a scientific comment, not subjective. In addition, this is not the “fault” of ground handling services. The reason is when we are in high-pressure environment, our taste and smell are reduced, so it is impossible to smell or taste exactly the taste of the served dishes. At lower altitudes, this condition will be improved and eating food this time will be better.

Food on the plane is tasteless
Food on the plane is tasteless

Pilots communicate with flight attendants through bulletproof doors

With many airlines and modern aircraft, the aircraft is always equipped with bulletproof doors in the cockpit with a security code. The code will work if the pilot does not perform any action within 120 seconds after entering the code, to ensure the safety of not only the pilot but also the entire passenger, in the event of the terrorist attacks and controls the pilot. In addition, flight attendants are required to check regularly with the pilot, every 40 minutes for the daytime flight and every 20 minutes for the nighttime flight to ensure everything in the cockpit is okay.

Pilots communicate with flight attendants through bulletproof doors
Pilots communicate with flight attendants through bulletproof doors

The quietest seat is near the wing of aircraft

This is the experience revealed by the pilots. The aircraft is like a bus in the air, and the worst seat is in the back of the plane. So if you want a smooth flight, which do not bump too much, choose a seat in the middle of the plane, near the wing area.

The quietest seat is near the wing of aircraft
The quietest seat is near the wing of aircraft

The uncomfortable landing is sometimes intentional

Passengers always expect each landing time is smooth, gentle and this is also the effort and standards of pilot experience. However, sometimes an uncomfortable landing is also intentional. This will help reduce the over-control sliding of the aircraft if the airport gets slippery after rain or the runway is too wet.

The uncomfortable landing is sometimes intentional
The uncomfortable landing is sometimes intentional

Night-lights on aircraft are always dimmed or off

In addition, the reasons of saving fuel and helping guests fall asleep easily, the reduction of light on the planes will help the eyes adapt well to the dark environment. This is useful in an emergency, when passengers have to move out;the passenger’s eyes are not overwhelmed and better navigated.

Night-lights on aircraft are always dimmed or off
Night-lights on aircraft are always dimmed or off

Oxygen tank is only sufficient for breathing in 15 minutes

This fact makes many people fear and surprise because people always say that oxygen tanks is a safe solution to maintain air for many hours. However, you do not need to worry too much because 15 minutes is enough for the pilot to lower the plane to the place where the pressure is better so that you can breathe normally without the oxygen tank.

Oxygen tank is only sufficient for breathing in 15 minutes
Oxygen tank is only sufficient for breathing in 15 minutes

Delayed flight affects to flight attendants as well

Do not vent your anger on the flight attendant every time your flight is delayed because almost airlines pay for the flight attendant based on the number of flight hours. Their on-land time is calculated with a small allowance. As a result, the delayed flight also affects the flight attendants and they suffer the same difficulties as you.

Delayed flight affects to flight attendants as well
Delayed flight affects to flight attendants as well
Pilots explain 10 interesting secrets on the plane that rarely disclosed
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Hi, I'm Ho Lam! That's me, the boy who wants more experience each day. I'm slowly but surely working my way, travelling and sharing is my taste. The articles of this blog are not only from me, but also from my friends and the travellers mailed to me.

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