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Things Flight Attendants Want to Tell You, But Can’t

The role of a flight attendant is to make you feel safe and comfortable while flying, but a recent thread on Quora has revealed some surprising things that flight attendants don’t tell passengers.

Since the discussion topic was posted, there have already been many startling revelations. Here are the top 7;

1. THE FOOD IS FAR FROM FRESH

If you’ve ever had a meal on a plane, you may be aware that they’re often not very tasty. 

The airline worker alleged: “You get served frozen food which is kept for up to 72 hours.”

2. MORNING FLIGHTS ARE LESS TURBULENT

Hate bumpy flights? One user has revealed that the earlier in the day you book your flights, the better. She said: “One of the things that flight attendants won’t tell you, is that morning flights are better because the air is less bumpy.

“Obviously, the airline wants you to book at any time of the day.

“There is also less chance to hit thunderstorm, as these tend to happen mostly in the afternoon.” 

3. THE MOST UNHYGIENIC PART OF THE AIRCRAFT ISN’T THE TOILET

Contrary to usual suspicion the area around your seat is known as the most unhygienic part of the cabin. This is the place you are more likely to pick up germs that cause the common cold, flu, staph infections, or norovirus — many of which can live for days, weeks or months on a surface.

An airline employee said: “The most unhygienic thing in the aircraft is your seat belt then the tray tables.”

This theory has been backed up by the professor of microbiology and pathology, Philip Tierno. He explained: “Once an aeroplane drops off its passengers, [flight attendants] may spray [something] or pick up papers, but no one’s cleaning the tray tables.”

4. A SMOOTH LANDING DEPENDS ON THE WEATHER

Passengers are quick to judge a pilot on the landing, but a hostess has come forward urging people to stop judging the pilot on how turbulent the landing is.

She revealed that landing in the rain can be bumpier, because the plane needs to touch the runway hard to avoid aquaplaning. 

She said: “So next time have a rough landing, keep in mind, that although pilots are usually judged by their landing skills, hard landing is necessary and a correct, safe way to land the machine.”

5. TRAVEL SICKNESS MEDICINE WORKS BETTER BEFORE THE FLIGHT

If you suffer from airsickness this one is for you. A cabin crew member advised that it’s always important to take air sickness tablets before the plane takes-off

She admitted that she only ever gives out the travel medication when she needs to calm a passenger down.

6. BAD BEHAVIOUR ON THE FLIGHT CAN AFFECT FUTURE TRIPS

Airlines are aware of your connecting flights. An insider has revealed that if a passenger becomes rowdy and obnoxious at the news of a delayed flight, the chances are the airline will be notified. “If you make a scene when your flight is delayed, they can call ahead to the next gate and let them know that you absolutely miss the flight, so they should leave without you.” The insider said.

7. THE REASON THERE’S AN ASH TRAY ON BOARD

The most common question is, while smoking is not permitted on flights, why are there still ashtrays available?

An airline employee explains that this is to put out any cigarettes that have been lit by a rebellious passenger.

The air steward revealed: “There are ashtrays on the lavatory doors beside the no smoking sign, for those passengers who are adamant and still decide to smoke so that they won’t just trash the lit cigarette in the bin which could lead to a fire.”

 

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