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.