Do you often wonder what goes on behind a commercial airline and how they run things behind the scenes? Not everything you see is as genuine as you’d hope to expect. The moment you board the plane and take your seat (regardless if you’re flying economy, business, or first class), you’ll realize later that even the most obvious things you experienced or witnessed could be a result from something negative (and dirty). Everyone has their share of secrets and the commercial airline industry is no exception. People who work for major international carriers and the less-glamorous domestic airlines may not be as transparent as they appear to be. But then again, who cares? As long as you get to your destination, it’s all that matters right? Maybe.
But for some, it may not be enough. Questions need to be answered. And passengers deserve to know what’s real and what isn’t. So, to bring things out in the open, here are 19 unruly and disturbing facts you probably didn’t know about flying:
1. Headphones Aren’t Entirely New
Based on one employee who previously worked for a company that distribute headphones to commercial airlines, a majority of the headphones used by passengers are cleaned and re-packaged.
2. Pilots Sleep During Flights
Many passengers don’t know this. But the pilots who fly commercial spend plenty of their time sleeping at the cockpit (blame that to the auto pilot). There have been plenty of instances where a pilot would see their co-pilot sleeping.
3. Oxygen Masks for Short Term Use
When oxygen masks fall, never assume they can last long. They each have 15 minutes worth of oxygen at the most — enough for the pilot to lower the plane altitude for optimal breathing. Passengers will pass out if they fail to put on their masks for 15-20 seconds.
4. Dim Lights for Adjustment
There’s a good reason why lights go dim at certain instances: eye adjustment. In case of an evacuation, the lights dim so your eyes can adjust to the darkness. This makes it a lot easier to visualize the surrounding areas.
5. Separate Airline Meals
According to a commercial airline employee, both pilots and co-pilots are given separate meals. Even more so, both aren’t allowed to share their food. It’s a security measure that prevents food poisoning.