Pilots Reveal 16 Nuances That Make Your Flight Safe
How to Travel when Flying on a Plane? You’ll get some pretty unexpected and useful insiderknowledge directly from different airline crew members. We'd like to share them with you before you set forth on your next trip!
Each profession has its own tricks of the trade that aren’t usually shared with anyone outside the professional circle. Aviation has always been a fascinating and mysterious line of work, and this makes it even more interesting to learn about all the secrets that we aviation outsiders have no idea about. If you’ve never heard of at least one of these facts, hit that “like” button!
TIMESTAMPS Pilots are prohibited from having a beard 0:44 It's cold on planes for the sake of your health 1:14 Planes never fly in straight lines 1:46 It's better to wear sturdy shoes on a flight 2:33 Pilots and dispatchers aren’t always formal with each other 3:15 The average person will never manage to land a plane 3:42 Flights delays affect not only passengers but flight attendants as well 4:26 Pilots have to take turns going to the bathroom 4:50 Airplane food is bad, and nobody’s to blame for it 5:27 Comfortable clothes help you stay healthy 6:14 Pilots communicate with flight attendants through a bulletproof door 6:38 The smoothest place to sit is over or near the wing 7:28 There’s a secret signal if the plane has been hijacked 7:56 A hard landing is sometimes done on purpose 8:14 Cabin lights are dimmed during a nighttime landing for a reason 8:50 There’s only 15 minutes worth of oxygen in the masks 9:15
SUMMARY Some airlines forbid their pilots from having beards. The reasoning behind this is that a beard can prevent an oxygen mask from securing to the face tightly in the event of an emergency situation. If the air in the cabin is too warm, it can trigger this problem, so that's why the air temperature is kept cool. Why curved lines? That’s because the Earth is round, but the map on the screen is flat. But what’s the zigzagging all about? That’s due to special flight regulations requiring pilots to stick to certain routes in order to have enough time to reach an airport in case of an emergency landing. Take it from experienced flight crews from around the world: they beg you to leave your backless sandals and high heels at home and go for sturdier shoes. There’s a tradition that dispatchers congratulate pilots on all holidays. Just imagine: around Christmas time, a pilot can have up to 4 flights a day, which means about 2,000 people wishing them a Merry Christmas. Even if someone is a genius, hooked on realistic flight simulators, or ready and willing to follow all the instructions from ground control, he’s still likely to fail due to one simple thing: stress! Flight attendants are paid only for inflight hours. Time spent on the ground doesn’t count. The only thing that airlines offer is a small allowance for every hour spent at the airport. When one pilot needs to use the restroom, a flight attendant must join the other pilot in the cockpit and wait until the first one returns from his bathroom break. Tasteless airplane food is nobody’s fault but science. At high altitudes, our taste buds and sense of smell can play tricks on us. When on a plane, go for comfortable clothes with breathable fabrics. It’ll help you tremendously when you’re trying to fall asleep. Did you know that the door to the cockpit is bulletproof? It’s true! It’s designed to stop bullets and even small grenades. The freshest air is near the front of the plane, and the warmest temperature in the back. Pilots give a special signal to the airport when they’re landing: they leave the plane’s wing flaps up. It’s one of the ways to show that there’s something bad happening on the plane. When you experience a hard landing in bad weather, it doesn’t mean that the pilot is a newbie or lacks the knowhow. In fact, sometimes they do it intentionally. Dimming the cabin lights helps passengers’ eyes adjust from the bright light of the cabin to the dim nighttime light on the ground. There’s only enough oxygen in the masks for just a quarter of an hour, but you shouldn't panic. This is plenty of time for the pilot to take the plane to a lower altitude where you can breathe normally.