25 Things Nobody Ever Told You About Flying On An Airplane

Flying on an airplane can be quite terrifying, especially if it’s your first time. But to all you first timers and never-flown-ers, guess what? Even the veterans get nervous. In fact, sometimes, the more you fly, the more nervous you get. It turns into a crazy cycle (one of the many things nobody ever told you about flying on an airplane). But are you ready for the good news? It’s all completely emotional. There is no rational reason for you to be scared or nervous while flying. It’s one of the safest things you can do. No joke.

However, this list isn’t going to be about calming your flying fears. We’ve already done a list like that. This list is going to be about making you a more informed flyer. We’re going to go over some behind-the-scenes tips and tricks concerning flying. These are tips coming straight from people that work on the front lines. They’re coming from flight attendants, pilots, luggage handlers, and others. These are the things they would tell you if they could. So get ready. It would be good idea for you to take out a notepad and put your listening cap on because these tips just might save you a lot of time and trouble in the future. These are 25 things nobody ever told you about flying on an airplane.

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When you are out over the ocean, there is no radar tracking your plane. Once an aircraft is more than 240km (150 miles) out to sea, radar coverage fades and air crew keep in touch with air traffic control via high-frequency radio.

As the recent Malaysia Airlines disaster has shown, when you are out over the ocean, there is no radar tracking your plane. You are on your own.Source: BBC.com, Image: wikipedia
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People often fake needing a wheelchair to get boarding priority. Sometimes you'll have 10 people getting on the plane with wheelchairs but only 1 of them actually needs the wheelchair to get off. Pilots and flight attendants call these "miracle flights". Federal law requires wheelchairs to be given to those who request them but airlines generally do not ask for proof of a disability before providing one.

People often fake needing a wheelchair to get boarding priority. Sometimes you'll have 10 people getting on the plane with wheelchairs but only 1 of them actually needs the wheelchair to get off. Pilots and flight attendants call these "miracle flights".Source: New York Times, Image: pixabay
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Dogs get terrified before they even get on the plane. The handlers can try to calm the dog down but it helps if the dog's name is on the cage. Cats don't care.

Dogs get terrified before they even get on the plane. The handlers can try to calm the dog down but it helps if the dog's name is on the cage. Cats don't care.Source: reddit, Image: pixabay
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There is a long list of things that can be either missing or broken on an aircraft while it is still allowed to fly. It's called the Minimum Equipment List.

There is a long list of things that can be either missing or broken on an aircraft while it is still allowed to fly. It's called the Minimum Equipment List.Source: nbaa.org, Image: wikipedia
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Locks on bags are useless. You can pop the zipper with a pen.

Locks on bags are useless. You can pop the zipper with a pen.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia


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