The first of many things people don’t know about when they fly is that the majority of pilots have been struck by lightening, according to one pilot on Reader’s Digest.
A survey conducted by pilots’ union PALPA found that 56 per cent of pilots admitted to falling asleep in the cockpit. Another third (29 per cent) also admitted to waking up and finding their co-pilot sleeping as well.
Many commercial flight planes will carry dead bodies and organs. Miguez, a pilot wrote on Reddit: “A lot of freight gets shipped on commercial flights. One of these items are always called HR on the radios – HR was an abbreviation for human remains.
“Some people die far away from where they want to get buried. They’re packed in wood framed boxes, so you would never know what was inside except by the strange shape of them.”
Did you know pilots are legally allowed to arrest people? In fact they also have the power to write fines and even take the will of a dying passenger.
Rolls Royce essentially play a game of angry birds when they test their aircraft engines. They actually fire dead chickens from a canon and they can go up to 186 mph.
Pilot Tim Morgan revealed on Quora why the lights on board a flight a dimmed before landing… it is in case the plane crashes.
Tim wrote: “When a plane is landing at night, they dim the interior lights in case you need to evacuate upon landing… your eyes are already adjusted to the darkness so you’ll be able to see better once outside the plane.”
Often air marshals will not step in to help cabin crews restrain a drunk passenger. This is because, one it is common for a drunk person to get rowdy and two, as it may be a ploy by terrorists to find out if there is an air marshal on board.
There is usually an axe on board an aircraft. This is to help rip through panels and walls to fight an electrical fire.
However, captain Patrick Soundenheimer was reported to have used an axe to try and break into the cockpit of the Germanwings plane, which was plummeting towards the Alps, after his co-pilot Andreas Lubits locked it.
If you are a nervous flyer than it is better to fly in the morning as turbulence gets worse during the day as the warmer ground causes a bumpier air.
The Department of Transportation is more concerned about being on time rather than getting everyone there – even if a connecting flight is coming in a little late.
Pilots have to eat different meals and are not allowed to share their food either just in case one gets food poisoning.
Ever thought the coffee on board a flight is disgusting? Well according one reddit user the reason for that is because “no-one washes the container that goes out every morning”.
Another Reddit user pointed out that those so called new headphones you get on a flight are not actually new – they are simply taken off the flight after use, cleaned and then repackaged.
When using the toilet on board a flight, be warned as they can be unlocked from the outside by a small latch hidden inside the bathroom sign.
The Queen has requested that Prince Charles and Prince William should never catch the same flight, as she does not want both heirs to die if a plane were to crash.
And finally, did you know that flying is the second safest form of transport.