25 Secrets Flight Attendants Know That You Don’t

Posted by , Updated on November 18, 2022

These days, most people have flown at least once. But do you really know what goes on behind the scenes? You may be surprised by some of it. In fact, we can almost guarantee that you will be. So get ready because these are 25 Secrets Flight Attendants Know That You Don’t.


Don’t interlock your fingers over your head in a “duck and cover” situation. This way, if something falls on your head, you still have one good hand to use.

duck and coverSource: businessinsider, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

Count the rows to the nearest exit because if there’s an emergency, you probably won’t be able to see very well (smoke, etc).

Sukhoi_SuperJet_100_Cabin_Source: telegraph.co,uk

Planes often transport bodies in the cargo hold. The thing about bodies is...they can leak. And yes, it can get on the suitcases. Keep in mind, however, that leaky fish is a more common issue.

cargoSource: businessinsider, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

Most “technical delays” are actually caused by passengers (throwing fits, being late, arguing with desk agents, etc).

watchSource: dailymail.co.uk, Image: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

“Miracle” passengers are those that need a wheelchair during boarding (to skip to the front of the line) but then don’t need it to get off (so they don’t have to wait to be wheeled out). Flight attendants call them “miracles” because apparently they get healed mid-flight.

wheelchairSource: littlethings.com, Image: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net (public domain)

It’s nearly impossible for turbulence to crash a plane. The real danger is things flying around the cabin.

skySource: rd.com, Image: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

Commercial airliners can fly with only one engine.

planeSource: businessinsider

Most crashes happen during takeoff and landing, not mid-flight.

planeSource: rd.com

The altitude thins your blood so alcohol hits you harder. The common saying is that one drink in the air is worth two on the ground.

alcoholSource: menshealth.com, Image: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

People change baby diapers on the tray tables quite often.

diaperSource: huffingtonpost.com, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

Airline personnel can easily work 6 days in a row with minimum rest. And this includes the pilots.

cockpitSource: businessinsider

Flight Attendants only get paid from the time the doors close and the plane pushes away to the time the doors open again. So if it takes forever to get seated, the flight attendants aren’t getting paid.

planeSource: rd.com

Other airport personnel have a derogatory term for baggage handlers - “ramp rats”

baggage handlerSource: littlethings.com, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

Some newer planes have a hold in the cabin for people who die mid-flight.

planeSource: businessinsider

If the flight attendant feels uncomfortable with a passenger, they can tell the pilot, and the passenger will most likely be removed from the plane. So don’t act like a massive jerk.

exitSource: telegraph.co.uk

If an engine catches fire, they can extinguish it mid-flight. And even if they don’t manage to, the engine is designed to burn up and fall off without affecting the wing.

jet engineSource: businessinsider, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

The plane is probably broken somewhere. Not enough to be a flight hazard but definitely broken.

seat beltSource: rd.com

Keep your shoes on. Seriously, the floor is filthy. Someone almost certainly vomited right next to wherever you are sitting.

inside airplaneSource: businessinsider

Bags marked “fragile” get thrown around just as hard.

fragileSource: businessinsider

On short flights, the planes often have less than an hour to turn around, so things don’t get cleaned very thoroughly.

cleaningSource: menshealth, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

You haven’t seen bad turbulence until people start hitting the ceiling and bags start falling on your head.

spillSource: rd.com

If the cabin loses pressure, you only have a few seconds before it starts getting to your head, so put your mask on...quickly!

oxygen masksSource: businessinsider

If you’re on a long flight with multiple connections, try taking a shower in the airport; it will work wonders on your mind set. If you can’t do that, however, even a change of clothes will help.

showerSource: rd.com

Staying up a bit longer before a long flight will help knock you out during the trip. This can be especially useful if you’re a nervous flier.

sleeping maskSource: menshealth, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

Flying is by far the safest mode of travel. In the US alone, more than 30,000 people die in car accidents every year. That’s almost 100 people every day. Most years (at least in the United States) 0 people die in commercial airline accidents.

planeSource: littlethings.com, Image: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

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