Glory to the Internet - today you can get "insider" information about almost everything that interests you, simply by contacting professionals directly on some anonymous social network. This is exactly what Reddit users did, shouting to the airline employees: tell me the secrets that are 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 repackaged in bags for the next batch of passengers. In general, be aware that someone has already used headphones before you, and if you are "clean", then it is better to take your own headset.
2. Discard the coffee from the cart
True connoisseurs will not drink it anyway because of its disgusting taste, and the less discerning should know that coffee containers on airlines are not particularly washed or cleaned - at best, they are only rinsed. Firstly, employees are paid too little - there is no point in trying, and, secondly, they don't even have any special accessories for cleaning containers.
3. Toilet door, locked from the inside, can be easily opened from the outside
Do not believe films where flight attendants desperately knock on a locked booth and, sometimes, even break down a door. In fact, there is a secret mechanism outside that opens the latch, and it is located directly under a narrow sign that says "toilet" (Lavatory). It happens that the lining between it and the "free / busy" window is ripped off - a sign that the door has already been unlocked in this way.
4. "Non-lifting" armrests can be raised with a secret button
A pleasant surprise for everyone who wants more convenience in the economy class: it turns out that the firmly fixed handles of the seats near the windows and the aisle can be lifted, like everyone else! To do this, you need to grope on the underside of the armrest, closer to its base, for a small button hidden in a recess. However, be prepared for the fact that the flight attendants will demand that the raised handle be returned to its place.
5. Oxygen in masks only lasts for 12 minutes
Everyone knows that masks are prepared in case of cabin depressurization, but few people know about oxygen consumption. However, what sounds scary on the ground - "only 12 minutes", has a completely different value in the air - "whole 12 minutes." This is more than enough time for the crew to lower the aircraft to a safe altitude of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters).
6. Locks on suitcases are completely useless
According to the security officer, the zipper can be easily opened with an ordinary writing pen, and then fastened again by moving both fasteners fastened with a lock along the perimeter of the suitcase. This is usually done at airports when you need to identify baggage without a tag.
By the way, on Reddit they also called the most common reasons for the "loss" of baggage: it is sent for additional scanning and does not have time to be delivered on board when sorting it is mistakenly sent to the wrong plane bag gets caught on something with a belt baggage falls from the trolley on the way to the plane
Lost and unclaimed luggage awaits auction in London:
7. What happens to the animals when you check them in?
According to the experience of employees of American airlines, in 30% of cases, dogs fall into anxiety and panic while on the ground, almost immediately after separation from their owners. "Who knows how terrified they are during the flight!"
But the owners of cats can be calm: "I have never seen a frightened cat in the luggage room - these animals do not care at all."
At the same time, if in America and Europe employees are caring about traveling animals, trying to calm them down and even asking the owners to write pet names for them, then in Russia this cannot be counted on.So think carefully before taking your pets with you on a flight - maybe it's better not to stress them?
And one more important point …
8. Alarmists on the plane are more dangerous than any thunderstorm and turbulence
Our earthly anxiety during our “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. Do you want to stop being afraid? Look at the flight attendants: in any turbulence they remain completely unperturbed - that means everything is in order!
The story of one of the passengers: “Once I was flying from Japan, and there was a terrible turbulence over the ocean, even the flight attendants strapped themselves in their seats. One of them was sitting right in front of me - he said that even when he literally throws everyone up to the ceiling, nothing terrible will happen to the plane. But sometimes you have to make an emergency landing just to calm down too cowardly passengers."