The airline industry has been on the decline in the last several months due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The temporary travel ban means people taking flight anywhere in the world, leading many airlines to keeping their planes on the ground until further notice from the authorities.

And just like every other business, operational halt equals to minimum revenues; some smaller airlines perhaps stop making money at all in the wake of the pandemic.

There must be some measures to cut losses, and lowering the quality of service is often the answer.

In times when the world is struggling in the battle against an infectious disease, a little bit of sacrifice on passengers’ part can be pretty understandable.

What many people don’t know is that even in normal times, some airlines have their own subtle secrets to avoid spending too much money on every flight, and therefore make more profits.

Even if you are a frequent traveler, chances are you have never heard many (if not most) of the things listed below.

10 “First Class” Is Not As Good As It Sounds

Every passenger wants to be in the first class for it is more comfortable, private, and prestigious-sounding.

Many of us also think that first class passengers are most likely safer than everyone else in case of an accident. Unfortunately, better safety is not one of the privileges you buy.

In case of an emergency following a crash, passengers in the first class actually have the lowest chance of survival compared to others.

In a crash test using Boeing 737, some of the first-class seats were found 500 feet away from crash site.

9 Dimmed Cabin

During a takeoff, you may notice that the lights in the cabin are dimmed.

The purpose is to let your eyes adjust to the dark environment should something goes wrong with the flight.

Takeoff is one of the most dangerous and risky parts of an entire flight, so in case of a crash, it might help that passengers do not go into instant panic attack when the cabin goes from well-lit into almost complete darkness.

It is easier to find an exit in the dark with your eyes having been adjusted to a dimmed cabin.

8 Breeding Ground For Germs

You must realize that commercial flight is essentially a public transportation, so similar to other vehicles used for that purpose, the cabin can be an excellent breeding grounds for bacteria.

Every plane in commercial airlines have to stick to a strict schedules; immediately after a plane make a landing and is cleared of passengers, the maintenance crew takes over to do a thorough inspection.

Cleaning is not a priority; some people probably remove any visible trash inside, but the cabin is not disinfected.

7 Sleeping Pilot

A lot of people think that a pilot in the cockpit always takes full control of a flying plane, but this is highly unlikely the case.

A pilot is in charge of handling the takeoff and landing; a pilot is also responsible for controlling the plane in situations when activating the autopilot mode is impossible or not recommended.

During a normal flight, some pilots could be asleep in the cockpit.

No matter how smart the autopilot is, falling asleep on the job is outlandishly dangerous, especially if your job involves taking control of a massive plane full of passengers.



6 Safety Equipment Checking

One of the jobs of flight attendants is to make sure that every seat is well-equipped with properly functional safety equipment including life jacket and oxygen mask.

That being said, you will want to check if there is indeed a life jacket under your seat; do not assume that it is always be there.

Missing life jackets are not that uncommon in a commercial flight.

It is worth mentioning that in the event of cabin decompression, you probably only have about 20 seconds to put on the face mask before the cabin runs out of oxygen.

5 Flight Attendants Are Pretty Judgy

The second you step onto an airplane, the flight attendants are sizing you up to make an early evaluation whether you are going to be a grateful passenger or one of those difficult constantly-complaining type.

There are some basic tricks to be on the good side of flight attendants for examples making sure that you put your carry-on “all the way” into the overhead bin and do not overpack your checked bag.

Demanding special treatment during a flight is recipe for never getting one.

4 Flight Attendants Are Pretty Judgy

The world respects your decision to give up on bottled water and choose to drink tap water instead, except when you are on a commercial plane.

The tasks of emptying the lavatory and refilling the water tank are done next to another (and often) by the same people in a hurry.

Tap water on a plane may contain a lot more bacteria than the maximum level allowed by the US government.

You can’t bring bottled water, but you can bring an empty bottle through the checkpoint and fill it up once you’re through security.

3 Flight Attendants Are Safer

The seats for flight attendants are facing backward. This is not because they need a break from having to look at demanding passengers, but such design is safer in case the plane has to go through sudden deceleration.

Their backs and necks are better supported with backward-facing seats in such situation. The seatbelts on those seats are also much more secure than those fitted to passengers’ seats.

Any airline can install similar seats (along with the seatbelts) for all passengers, but this will make the plane heavier, which in turn, makes the plane more fuel-thirsty.

2 Bland Foods And Beverages

Making fun of the foods and beverages during a flight would be an old joke, but it is true. No matter how delicious the meals and drinks are, many passengers still complain all the same.

The main reason is that your taste buds lose some of their functions in high altitude.

Your sense of smell also gets noticeably worse than on land. In a dry enclosed environment thousands of feet way in the air, you cannot enjoy any food as much as you would on the ground.

1 Flying Alongside A Cadaver

There isn’t really standard operating procedure to handle a dead body on a plane, especially when death happens on a flying plane.

In some cases, flight attendants will position the body as if the person is still alive, buckle the body securely, and cover it with a blanket.

Whether you admit it or not, this trick is effective to prevent panic in the cabin.

The body is sometimes moved to first-class section because privacy and personal space are better maintained there.

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