Glory to the Internet - today you can get "insider" information about almost everything that interests you, simply by contacting the professionals in any anonymous social network directly. So did the users of Reddit, leaving the call to the airline employees: tell us secrets not known to passengers! We have selected unexpected answers for you.
1. Do not use official headphones.
Sealed in a bag does not mean disposable. After the flight, the used headphones are cleaned and again packaged in sachets for the next batch of passengers. In general, be aware that someone has already used the headphones before you, and if you are “clean,” then you better take your headset.
2. Refuse coffee from the cart
Real connoisseurs will not drink it anyway because of disgusting taste, and you should be less discerning that coffee containers on airlines do not wash or clean too much - at best they just rinse. Firstly, employees are paid too little - there is no point in trying, and, secondly, they do not even have any special accessories for cleaning containers.
3. The toilet door, locked from the inside, can be easily opened from the outside.
Do not believe the films, where flight attendants desperately knock on a locked booth and, sometimes, even break the door. In fact, outside there is a secret mechanism that opens the valve, and it is located directly under the narrow sign with the inscription "toilet" (Lavatory). It happens that the lining between the window and the “free / busy” window is torn off - a sign that the door has already been unlocked in this way.
4. “Remaining” armrests can be raised with a secret button
A pleasant surprise for anyone who wants more comfort in economy class: it turns out that the armrest of the armchairs near the portholes is “firmly fixed” and can be lifted at the aisle, like everyone else! To do this, you need to grope from the underside of the armrest closer to its base a small button hidden in the recess. However, be prepared for the fact that the cabin crew will demand to return the raised handle to its place.
5. Oxygen in masks is only enough for 12 minutes.
Everyone knows that the masks are prepared in case of cabin depressurization, but few people know about the oxygen consumption. However, the fact that on earth sounds scary - “only 12 minutes” has a completely different value in the air - “as much as 12 minutes”. This time is more than enough for the crew to lower the aircraft to a safe height of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters).
6. Locks on suitcases are completely useless.
As acknowledged by the employee of the inspection service, the zipper can be easily opened with an ordinary writing pen, and then fastened again, displacing both fasteners with a lock fastener around the suitcase perimeter. This is usually done at airports when you need to identify baggage without a tag.
By the way, on Reddit at the same time called The most common causes of "loss" of baggage: he is sent to additional screening and do not have time to deliver on board when sorting it is mistakenly sent to the wrong plane bag hooks on something with a belt the luggage falls from the cart on the way to the plane
Lost and unclaimed baggage awaits an auction in London:
7. What happens to animals when you drop them in luggage?
According to the experience of American airline employees, in 30% of cases, dogs become alarmed and panic on the ground, almost immediately after separation from their owners. "Who knows how terrified they are during the flight!"
But cat owners can be calm: "I have never seen a frightened cat in the luggage area - these animals do not care at all."
Moreover, if in America and Europe employees care about animal travelers, they try to reassure them and even ask owners to write pet names for them, then in Russia you cannot count on it. So think carefully before taking your pets with you - maybe it's better not to stress them?
And one more important point ...
8. The alarmists in the plane are more dangerous than any thunderstorms and turbulence.
Our earthly anxiety during the "helpless" stay in the air is easy to understand, especially when the plane suddenly begins to shake with such force as if it is about to fall apart. Want to stop being afraid? Look at the flight attendants: for any turbulence, they remain completely unruffled - so everything is in order!
The story of one of the passengers: “Once I flew from Japan, and there was terrible turbulence over the ocean, even flight attendants fastened themselves in the armchairs. One of them was sitting right in front of me - he said that even when everyone literally throws to the ceiling, nothing happens to the plane terrible. But sometimes you have to make an emergency landing only in order to calm passengers who are too cowardly. "