10 secret secrets of the aviation world you will not hear about on the next flight …
We all love to travel and see new places in the world, and the way there usually passes through the airport and includes security check-in, check-in, boarding, luggage and sometimes flight concerns. Most of us want to shorten this process as far as possible and reach our destination after a relaxed and safe flight, but the problem is that sometimes the process does not go so smoothly. If you have reached the destination and discovered that your suitcase has been lost, or if you got on the plane and were annoyed that you can not lift the armrest in the aisle – you should read the following 10 secrets uncovered by airport workers and make you look at your next flight completely differently and prepare accordingly.
1. Why is it forbidden to smoke on a flight?
It’s hard for us to believe that smoking was allowed anywhere in the past – in buses, in hospitals, in the mall, and also on flights. Many people think that the ban on smoking in airplanes is due to fear of a fire, or exposure of non-smokers to secondhand smoke – but the reason for the ban on smoking in airplanes was due – at least when the law was enacted – for economic reasons. Air on the plane undergoes constant filtering and when people smoke cigarettes, smoke and various chemicals it contains abrasive filters that filter the air faster, and drag a high maintenance cost from which the airlines wanted to avoid.
2. Why suitcases are lost?
An unpleasant surprise that can ruin the trip in many cases is to wait in the baggage collection after landing and find out that your suitcase does not go out, while everyone has already taken their luggage and left. The bad news is that your suitcase is probably lost … The good news is that this phenomenon usually has some obvious reasons that if you know it, at least in some cases, you can avoid the exhausting saga that usually happens afterwards:
A. Your suitcase was delayed for a long security check and was not loaded onto your plane in time. In most cases it is because of objects that look like weapons, complex electrical devices or other similar reasons.
B. Porters – usually novices at work – put your suitcase on the wrong trolley, and your clothes are on their way to another vacation destination.
C. The sticker affixed to the suitcase at the check-in procedure of the ground-based occupants is called by electronic scanners in the internal inspection and sorting process, and is directed to the appropriate conveyor that is divided according to the flights. If you left a sticker from a previous flight on the suitcase, there is a chance that the scanner will get confused and take your suitcase to a wrong destination. Therefore, always remove the old labels from your luggage after Isofen, and always be sure to write down your personal details on the suitcase tag. By the same token, there is a chance that someone who makes the mistake of attaching a wrong sticker is the ground steward who handled your suitcases, so it is advisable to check whether it matches your destination and that it was pasted properly before it is taken from you.
D. The suitcase is stuck in the conveyor belt or rolled in the wrong direction, a common matter especially when your suitcase needs to be taken for a follow-up flight.
E. The suitcase fell from the trolley trolley on the way to the plane and no one noticed. This usually happens when it comes to small and very light suitcases that are not stable enough.
3. You can lift the armrest in all seats
Many people get upset because, unlike the armrests between the chairs, in most cases it is impossible to lift the armrests in the passage of the airplane and near the window, it is particularly frustrating when you want to get up from the chair freely to go to the toilet or to remove organs. What many do not know is that there is a secret button that allows you to lift the same armrests and it is at the bottom, as you can see in the pictures. Just keep in mind that the flight attendants may ask you to take them back.
4. Why are the handles on the sides of the aircraft’s emergency doors?
The emergency doors on the plane are not easy to open, and in fact the difference in air pressure compared to the outer space during flight makes opening the door almost impossible. But in the event of an emergency landing, the plane’s doors can open and allow passengers to leave the aircraft safely, and whoever opens them is an air crew member. What is more likely to happen in such a situation is the panic of passengers rushing to the doorways that could knock down the flight attendant or stewardess who opened the door for them and accidentally dropped them from the plane. Therefore, the handles on the sides of the emergency doors are designed to allow the air crew member a point of support to hold onto it and remain standing even in cases of urgency and pressure.
5. Locks do not really protect against theft or security checks
Our illusion of security makes us feel that we can place all our valuables in one suitcase, close the zipper, lock it, and feel safe from burglaries, thefts and security scandals – from the moment we deposit our baggage to its collection. The reality is that locks are useless and can be easily broken by many factors that handle our luggage. In addition, many luggage can be opened by simply cutting them with a Japanese knife. If the security inspection has an interest in digging through the contents of your suitcase, no lock will stop the security personnel. If you choose to lock your suitcase anyway, know that what prevents it from breaking out is based primarily on trust in the dedicated airport workers, and not on a lock of any kind.
6. Different airlines fly in a unique way
When we think about airspace, we tend to think of precise, timed and uniform coordination of aircraft movements controlled by the appropriate authorities and flight inspectors, but it turns out that there is also room for a certain freedom in this space, leaving a personal imprint. Different airlines tend to fly their planes in a certain way that you will not encounter at other companies. For example, there are airlines that take off to a particularly high altitude and seek approval for an abbreviated flight route, since they are above the risk of collision on another plane. Such a procedure obviously affects the passengers’ experience and overall flight time.
7. The oxygen masks are effective for only a few minutes
The oxygen masks we hear in the training videos that open each flight are intended for use in an emergency if the passenger cabin loses its air pressure. In such a situation, the oxygen masks will automatically drop off the cells above you and allow you 12 minutes of breathing oxygen, a period of time that should allow the plane to descend to a safe level. By the way, the reason that guides travel to assemble their oxygen masks before assembling their children is because in the case of losing air pressure on an airplane at 40,000 feet, an adult has only 12-20 seconds of action before he loses consciousness. The child, on the other hand, if a child loses consciousness for a few seconds, she will return to him as soon as the oxygen mask is installed on his face.
8. Air currents do not drop aircraft
There is no doubt that air currents, also called air pockets, can be a stressful phenomenon for some people who are afraid of flying or who do not enjoy the feeling of dizziness they cause. The good news is that although it is very important to obey the instructions of the air crew, to sit in a chair and wear a seat belt to avoid being hit by an unpleasant blow, there is no reason to fear air flow. Experts estimate that a plane crash as a result of an air pocket has occurred only once in the history of aviation, and that time is also in doubt. So that in the case of air currents it is more “wind and ringing” than real danger.
9. Why do you hear strange noises from the ceiling?
If you have the right to sit in the first class on a plane, and you come across a strange noise of footsteps and squeaks coming from the ceiling above you, you do not have to jump to hasty conclusions about your flight safety. It is likely that the source of the noise is a “secret” cell located above the prestigious planes in large passenger planes, and is intended for the necessary rest of the air crew on long and exhausting flights. If suddenly one of the crew disappears from your sight during long flights, he is probably in the resting booth.
10. The most dangerous moment during flight
Flight is a very safe means of transport, much more than a road trip, but the sense of loss of control we have on a heavy plane that rises, moves in the air and is controlled by a stranger, sometimes causes us anxiety and even anxiety. Despite all this, flights are not completely risk free, and there are moments during which the risk is even greater. According to a Boeing study, most fatal air accidents occur during the takeoff and landing of the aircraft. These are the most important moments in which the aircraft operates different systems and manipulates itself. The moments of approaching the landing are by definition the “more dangerous” moments, so it is important that you act at these moments according to the instructions of the flight attendants and the captain and remember that at the end of the day, during most of the flight you are in a fairly safe place.