◊ Your flight includes a full-body dose of X-ray radiation from the new security scanners at many airports. You’ll also be hit with a hearty serving of cosmic rays during your flight. Did you know one flight is equivalent to 7 X-rays? The reason? The higher you get, the less you can rely upon Earth’s atmosphere to shield you from radiation in space.
◊ Airplanes are incorporated with air conditioning and pressurization systems that supply the cabin with oxygen. To establish a comfortable environment in the aircraft, airplanes generally maintain a cabin pressure equivalent to the air pressure at 8000ft above mean sea level.
◊ You think you are always “right” as a passenger, because you pay. WRONG. The fact that “you pay” doesn’t give you the power to be rude to a uniformed employee and do whatever you want. The flight attendant’s are not waitresses, they are on board to tell YOU what to do, because they are responsible for YOUR safety. That is why you must obey their commands.
◊ If you’re getting on board with the idea to complain and be rude during the whole flight, your flight attendant can make sure you will never fly with this airline EVER again. Yes, they HAVE the power to do that…
◊ Smoking in the lavatory? The smoke detector will ruin your plans. You will be asked to fill a form and after landing you will be politely accompanied to the terminal by two police officers.
◊ Losing an engine in flight is not a particularly serious problem, the pilots are trained to fly twin engine aircraft with only one working engine.
◊ Most pilots have been struck by lightning. But don’t worry, you’re not going to fall out of the sky. You will hear a big boom and see a big flash. That’s it!
◊ The Captain and the First officer always have different meals on board to avoid food poisoning. They are also not allowed to eat from glass tableware in the cockpit.
◊ If you’re afraid from turbulent weather, the smoothest place to sit is near the wing.
◊ The one and only case in the world when all passengers survived in water landing is the US Airways Flight 1549, ditched in the Hudson River in 2009. Most water landings in civil aviation are unsuccessful.
◊ A smooth landing is not a safety landing.
◊ Before take off and landing you are asked to remove your headphones , so you can hear the flight attendants’ commands in case of an emergency evacuation. The window shades should also be opened, so flight attendants can see outside in an emergency, to assess if one side is better for an evacuation. And your seatbacks should be in an upright position, so the passengers behind you can evacuate more easily.
◊ Sorry, but we don’t have the power to ask other passengers to change their seats, so you can sit next to your mother/uncle/granpa/friend…
◊ A fully loaded A380 can weight 1,268,000 pounds on take off = more than 462 HONDA CIVICS
◊ Your cabin crew can evacuate a plane for 90secs…or even less
For more interesting facts your flight attendant will never tell you, read here: 16 advices for a pleasant and comfortable flight