Did you know that the two pilots on a flight are served different meals – and cannot share – to avoid both being struck down with food poisoning?
This is just one of the revelations to come from an online airline confession session this week.
When a user on the website Reddit asked those who have worked in the aviation industry to share their secrets, the responses poured in – some more disconcerting than others.
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How many parts of your plane can be missing before it not allowed to fly? Photo: Fotolia/AP
One responded: “There is a small latch hidden inside the lavatory sign on the bathroom door that will open the door when pulled, even when it’s locked. Airplane peekaboo!”
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But perhaps more worrying is the user who told the assembled: “That there’s a huge list of things that can be missing from the aircraft while still being allowed to fly.”
Some of the revelations were a little more trivial, including guidance to avoid the “absolutely disgusting” coffee – as the container is allegedly never washed.
Airline food is often the topic of debate among passengers – but it seems coffee is the problem Photo: Fotolia/AP
Another user said that the free earphones given to passengers are not new, despite being bagged: “They are taken off the flight, ‘cleaned’, and then packaged again.”
Readers were also introduced to something called “miracle flights”, as one user said: “People fake needed a wheelchair to gain boarding priority. 10 wheelchairs get on and only one person needs it getting off. We call them miracle flights.”
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Another user who says they work for an airline gave some insight into the age-old debate about when is the cheapest time to buy a flight – and apparently it’s Tuesday afternoons.
A more morbid insight came from one user who said: “Almost every commercial flight… has a dead body on-board. Possibly two if you’re on a wide, body aircraft.”
Somewhat peculiarly, the top rated comment in the thread was about what happens when you fly with your pet.
“If you checked your dog, there’s about a 30 per cent chance it’s terrified before it even gets on the plane,” the user said. “Who knows how scared it gets during the actual flight. Bag room agents will usually try to comfort a scared animal but all we can really do is talk to it, so if you write your pet’s name on their carrier it usually helps a lot.”
The user added: “I’ve never seen a cat who was scared in the bag room, cats don’t give a ****.”
And finally, a secret that should be true of not just the aviation business, but life. One user said: “If you’re nice to people, they’ll be nice back to you.”