If you have a fear of flying, reading this is not going to help you get over it. In a Reddit thread, airline workers were asked to reveal secrets that passengers didn’t know. Some were disgusting, all were unsettling.
“Landings are nothing more than controlled crashes.” ~ A Redditor Quoting His Pilot Friend
1. The Lavatories Can Be Unlocked From The Outside
You are able to unlock airplane lavatories from the outside. There is usually a lock mechanism concealed behind the no smoking badge on the door. Just lift the flap up and slide the bolt to unlock.
2. Why Both Pilots Can’t Choose the Fish
Two pilots are served different meals and cannot share. This is done in case of food poisoning.
3. Flight attendants: “Do as I say, not as I do.”
My sister is a flight attendant. She says after she tells everyone to turn off all electronics, she goes to the back and pulls out her phone and starts texting.
4. Don’t drink water on a plane that didn’t come from a bottle.
Former Lufthansa cargo agent here. Do not EVER drink water on an aircraft that did not come from a bottle. Don’t even TOUCH IT. The reason being the ports to purge lavatory shit and refill the aircraft with potable water are within feet from each other and sometimes serviced all at once by the same guy. Not always, but if you’re not on the ramp watching, you’ll never know.
5. …which means never drinking the coffee or tea either.
The drinking water, that’s used for making coffee, tea, etc., should NEVER be consumed. The holding tanks in these sometimes 60-year-old planes are never cleaned. They have accumulated so much greenish grime on the walls that in some places it can be inches thick. This one is very known by all airline employees.
6. The real reason behind bumpy landings.
When you experience a hard landing in bad weather it wasn’t because of a lack of pilot skills but it is in fact intentional. If the runway is covered in water the airplane has to touch down hard in order to puncture the water layer and prevent aqua planing. “Landings are nothing more than controlled crashes.” Pilot friend quote.
7. The truth behind turning off electronics.
Pilot here. Having to turn off electronics on a plane is totally useless. Mobile electronic devices won’t really bring an airplane down, but they can be really annoying to pilots. Just imagine sitting in the flightdeck descending to your destination and hearing the interference of a 100+ cellphones picking up a signal. I have missed a clearance or two that way.
8. How your precious cargo is really treated.
If it says “fragile” it’s getting thrown harder. If it says “this side up” it’s going to be upside-down. We have to fit freight and 100+ bags in a cargo pit. It has to fit how it’s going to fit…I will tell you that when we see “I heart baggage handlers” bag tags, we take special care of your shit.
9. A flight attendant reveals just how dirty everything truly is.
I worked for Southwest as a flight attendant. Those blankets and pillows? Yeah, those just get refolded and stuffed back in the bins between flights. Only fresh ones I ever saw were on an originating first flight in the morning in a provisioning city. Also, if you have ever spread your peanuts on your tray and eaten, or really just touched your tray at all, you have more than likely ingested baby poo. I saw more dirty diapers laid out on those trays than food. And those trays, yeah, never saw them cleaned or sanitized once.
10. Most flights are also carrying human remains.
The majority of domestic flights have human remains or organs on them. I work below wing as a baggage handler. Watch out the window for long boxes that say, “Head” at one end.
11. Ladies, just take the batteries out.
Women: if you pack a toy in your bag, take the batteries out. Because if I’m loading your bag, and I hear it vibrating I have to tell my lead. Then my lead has to come pull you off the aircraft and you have to open your bag and turn off your toy in front of a bunch of giggling grown ass men.
12. Just because the headphones are wrapped doesn’t mean they’re new.
I used to work for warehouse that supplied a certain airline with items. The headsets that are given to you are not new, despite being wrapped up. They are taken off the flight, “cleaned”, and then packaged again.
13. How to tell from the ground if a plane is being hijacked.
If the plane is being hijacked when the pilot lands they will leave the wing flaps up that slow the plane down, this is to signal the airport that there is something happening in the plane.
14. Why ashtrays remain in the bathrooms.
Here’s one: ashtrays in the lavatories are mandatory equipment even though the FAA banned smoking on flights years ago. The reasoning is that if people do decide to smoke, they want them to have a place other than the trashcan to throw the butt.