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15 Freaky Things That Airline Passengers Likely Don't Know About Their Flights

NOVEMBER 14, 2016  —  By Corinne Sanders

Flying always freaks me out if I think about it too much.

No matter how safe flights may be, I can't help but imagine the worst possible scenarios that could happen while I'm in the air. But have you ever wondered about the unsettling things that airlines don't tell you about at 30,000 feet?

People on Reddit did, so they asked those who work for airlines what their passengers don't know. Some answers will probably surprise you, and others will definitely freak you out a little.

1. "Two pilots are served different meals and cannot share. This is done in case of food poisoning."


(via ichigo29)

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2. "There's a huge list of things that can be missing from the aircraft while still being allowed to fly."


(via hairyfedora)

3. "Almost every commercial flight you ride on has a dead body on board. Possibly two if you're on a wide body aircraft."


(via mm_cake)

4. "I'm an outstation mechanic for multiple airlines. There is also constant pressure on both me and the pilots to clear/fly aircraft that have some fairly significant problems."


(via vault34)

5. "Do not drink any of the non-bottled water (tea, coffee) on the airplane because the water tanks are not being cleaned regularly and are full of bacteria and whatnot. Stick to bottled or canned drinks."


(via blackdrav)

6. "Used to be an ATC. I know some horror stories about controllers who have cracked. Also about a time both the pilot and co -pilot fell asleep at the controls."


(via evilrobotluke)

7. "When flying overseas, there are generally no systems tracking the movement of your aircraft for several thousand miles, i.e. they go missing."


(via brahlicious)

8. "We clean your plane every now and then. It ranges wildly how long the plane has been out. Sometimes we would get a plane once or twice a week. Other times it would be a month until we get to 'deep clean' it."


(via Superfluousfish)

9. "I used to work for a major airline in Philadelphia International. Workers would open suitcases while inside the cargo area while waiting for the next cart of bags to pull up. They'd rummage through and find small electronics to take."


(via NotThatEasily)

10. "I used to be a Crew Chief (General Aviation Mechanic) in the military then worked for a fueler at a civilian airport. I found many defects on operating aircraft that in the military would have grounded an aircraft until it was fixed. I would always let the mechanics know and every time the plane still flew."


(via TheNortnort)

11. "Flying at dawn and dusk and generally at night is pretty dangerous. These are the times that wildlife moves around a lot and has the highest strikes on aircraft."


(via Man_of_Outdoors)

12. "During orientation they told us to never get ice in your drink. They don't clean the ice bins ever."


(via Life-of-Bryan)

13. "Your captain and half the crew are hung over or are using prescription drugs to keep that happy face going."


(via mitch_oconner)

14. "Thickness of the metal of the fuselage is about 3mm. And during the flight, wings are getting many, many microscopic cracks due to pressure up in the sky."


(via ignite-me)

15. "Don't touch the tray tables. People change their poopy babies on those and on the floor."


(via Tralalaladey)

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Well, that didn't do much to lessen my fear of flying. It's a good thing I don't have to do it very often.

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