Are you scared of flying? No? Well you should be. Oh, and you will be after reading these flight attendant secrets from Reddit. Sure, the thread is an old one, but these little nuggets are still worth being reminded of, especially in anticipation of that post-Christmas rush to book your next trip!
“…if the oxygen masks drop down, you only have about 15 minutes of oxygen from the point of pulling them down. However, that is more than enough time for the pilot to take us to a lower altitude where you can breathe normally.” – jezalenko
“More important – at altitude, you have 15-20 seconds before you pass out. Put yours on first, then do your kids. Passing out for a few seconds won’t harm the kids.” – ksiyoto
Dimming Cabin Lights
“When a plane is landing at night, they dim the interior lights incase you need to evacuate upon landing… your eyes are already adjusted to the darkness so you’ll be able to see better once outside the plane.” – bonestamp
“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 2 that way.” – Virgadays
“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.” – Virgadays
“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.” – threeway
“[The] 2 Pilots are served different meals and cannot share, this is done in case of food poisoning.” – Wrestlingisgood
“Bring an unopened bag of or box of chocolates for the flight crew, especially long flights…they’ll treat you like a king for the whole flight.” – the200sx
“Definitely trying this for my flight tomorrow. Edit: Boarding now. I’ll update again when I land. Edit2: Landed. I gave the person in the front a box of assorted chocolates. Keep in mind that this plane was not full. Before we took off I was approached by one of the attendants and they said there were some empty first class seats, and they upgraded me for free. I was offered 2 complementary glasses of wine and was checked up on probably 10 times. TL;DR – It worked.” – evandan4
Pretty eye-opening stuff, isn’t it? Are there any that have shocked you or any that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments section below!