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  • Say youre on a long 12-hour flight.

  • Youll have get some shut-eye, and hopefully when you wake up, itll be almost landing

  • time.

  • Have you ever wondered ifand whereyour flight attendants and pilot can get some rest

  • too?

  • That might lead you to wonder what other secrets your airplane is hiding!

  • 1.

  • Sleeping Quarters Your pilot and flight attendants need some

  • rest on long flights too!

  • There are secret compartments above your head at both ends of the airplane where the pilot

  • and crew can squeeze a nap in!

  • Small stairs lead to these sleeping quarters behind the cockpit and at the back of the

  • plane, either behind a locked door or a hatch disguised as a storage bin.

  • There’s a bed, a phone, and curtains for privacy if needed.

  • The crew member can control the brightness in the compartment, and in bigger planes,

  • theyre even equipped with a TV.

  • 2.

  • Secret Bathrooms and Showers for the Crew Not every crew rest cabin, or CRC, has this

  • feature, but they do on really big commercial planes, and some private planes.

  • This way, if theyre on an especially long flight, the flight attendants and pilot can

  • grab a shower and just have some privacy to freshen up.

  • 3.

  • Secret Legroom Button If you have an aisle seat, there’s a button

  • under your armrest by the hinge that not many people know about!

  • If you press this button, the armrest will slide down completely parallel to your seat,

  • giving you some extra leg and elbow room!

  • It’s really there so that you can exit the plane more quickly if there’s an emergency,

  • but you can still press this handy little button to make yourself more comfortable.

  • 4.

  • The Hiding Handrail Have you ever noticed how flight attendants

  • always seem to slide their hands over the overhead compartments as they walk the aisle

  • of the plane?

  • Most overhead compartments have edges on the bottoms into which a handrail is molded!

  • This helps them get a better grip and keep their balance!

  • This is how flight attendants look so graceful as they move quickly along the plane.

  • Try it for yourself on your next flight; plus, it’s much better than stumbling into other

  • passengerslaps!

  • 5.

  • Constraints What if there’s an unruly passenger disturbing

  • your flight?

  • I mean, you can’t exactly kick them out of the plane.

  • Although I’d pay extra to see that.

  • Just kidding.

  • So for these situations, every plane is equipped with handcuffs!

  • Hopefully using the handcuffs would calm the situation down, but if not, you might have

  • an unscheduled landing on your hands.

  • There are fire extinguishers on every flight too, which is standard safetybut did you

  • know that most flights also have an axe or crowbar on board??

  • This is for rare emergency landings, so the windows of the plane can be broken open.

  • 6.

  • Undercover Safety Police Well, sort of.

  • I’m talking about air marshals!

  • Theyre generally used for international flights.

  • Air marshals are basically the police of the airplane: they can make arrests, but they

  • won’t intervene in a standardrowdy passengersituation.

  • Theyre mostly there to watch over the flight and keep everyone safe.

  • Youll probably never figure out who the air marshal is thoughtheyll be dressed

  • like any other passenger and could be seated anywhere.

  • They blend right in!

  • Except that big shiny badge and the cowboy hatno not really.

  • 7.

  • A Hidden Onboard Life Saver Since 2015, all U.S.-based commercial airlines

  • require a defibrillator to be on board every flight.

  • If a passenger goes into cardiac arrest during the flight, a defibrillator could save their

  • life!

  • It’s one of those things you may not think about, but are really grateful for when it’s

  • needed!

  • 8.

  • Secret Bathroom Latch Sorry, but this one is only for the flight

  • crew!

  • If the flight attendants or pilot think that a passenger is doing something suspicious

  • in the bathroom, hmmm, they can use this handy little latch to lock the bathroom from the

  • outside.

  • Likewise, if the flight crew thinks that a passenger has been in the bathroom a little

  • too long and might be hurt or needs help, they can use this latch to unlock the bathroom.

  • This secret little lavatory latch is just there for safety reasons!

  • 9.

  • Pilots Have Secret Powers I mean, pilots are kind of like Superman,

  • flying the skiesbut that’s not the kind of superpower I’m talking about here.

  • If there’s an unruly or rule-breaking passenger, pilots can issue fines, and even make unofficial

  • arrests (remember those handcuffs?).

  • It’s best to just follow the rules and stay on the pilot’s good side!

  • 10.

  • Untold Superstition This isn’t true for all planes, but pay

  • attention to the row numbers the next time youre trying to find your seat for a flight.

  • People are so superstitious about theunluckynumber 13, that some airlines have completely

  • removed this row number from the seats!

  • The row numbers on your plane may very well go from 12 to 14.

  • Making this move has been a cost-effective one for those airlines, because nervous passengers

  • just weren’t booking seats in row 13.

  • Superstitious or not, it’s interesting to think about!

  • By the way, Row 13 is now located at the back of the plane, outside on the tail.

  • It can get pretty windy back there so….

  • no it’s not.

  • 11.

  • Invisible Defense Against Mother Nature So youre flying along and all of a sudden,

  • your plane is caught in a thunderstorm!

  • Now, your plane’s unlikely to get struck by lightning in the first place, but if it

  • does, you probably won’t even know it!

  • The exteriors of airplanes are coated in lighting-resistant material.

  • If your plane is hit, the lighting will just slide along the surface until it has nowhere

  • else to go.

  • The outer layer of the plane won’t conduct any electricity from the lightning, so the

  • layers underneath aren’t affected, and everyone remains safe!

  • Except those folks back on the tail in Row 13…

  • 12.

  • Tiny Overlooked Helpers No these aren’t the 7 dwarf s!

  • If you look closely, there are tiny yellow hooks on the wings of your plane.

  • No, theyre not for looks; this is where rope and the safety slide can be tied in case

  • of an emergency, so that passengers can get off.

  • The hooks ensure an even and sturdy slide.

  • Your flight attendant may mention the slide during the safety speech, but actually knowing

  • how and where it’s attached to the plane helps.

  • Little yellow hooks never looked so beautiful!

  • 13.

  • A Path That Glows in the Dark In the event of a fire, things will get pretty

  • smoky and hard to see, since planes are such cramped spaces.

  • In the rare event that youre in a fire on an airplane, all you have to do is look

  • down!

  • Airlines have started installing FPEEPMS, or Floor Proximity Emergency Escape Path Marking

  • Systems.

  • That’s a mouthful!

  • But these life-saving paths will glow brightly enough through the dark and thick smoke that

  • you can still see the way to the exit signs!

  • 14.

  • Hidden Camera in the Cockpit Well, hidden to passengers, anyway.

  • There isn’t one on all planes; but if there’s a camera in the cockpit, the pilots are aware

  • of it.

  • Many pilots have protested it on the grounds that it invades their privacy.

  • But of course, it’s all for the pilotsand passengerssafety, in the unlikely

  • event that an unwelcome guest makes their way into the cockpit.

  • It also records all black-box and flight data, so that it can be looked at later for a variety

  • of reasons.

  • 15.

  • Hidden Masks No not Guy Fawkes.

  • Therere Gas masks.

  • In the rare event of a fire, the crew are entrusted with staying calm, collected, and

  • doing what they can to put the fire out.

  • The gas masks are for the flight attendants so that they can see and breathe enough in

  • order to put out the flames and take care of passengers if necessary.

  • The gas masks also enable the flight attendants to stay mobile during a fire; if an emergency

  • landing is called for, theyll be able to get passengers out of the plane much more

  • efficiently.

  • 16.

  • Secretly Safe Seats Theyre not exactly secret, because youre

  • sitting right on them!

  • Yes, your airplane seat is fireproof!

  • The Federal Aviation Administration, along with NASA, has done extensive tests on flame-resistant

  • materials and cushioning to find the safest seats for airlines.

  • Nowadays, there are even flame-proof tests that your seat has to pass!

  • So the next time you want to complain about the uncomfortable seating on your flight,

  • remember that your seat could save your life!

  • 17.

  • Covert Communication Ooh, should we whisper?

  • The flight attendants, and especially those in the cockpit, are constantly communicating.

  • The captain and co-pilot stay in communication through the whole flight.

  • There may also be a flight engineer, or second officer, on board, wholl be making all

  • the important calculations as far as the best landing position and other complicated stuff

  • that has to do with the equipment the pilot is using.

  • The pilot is also always in communication with air traffic control.

  • That’s a lot of talking, but keeping everyone on the same page is the safest bet.

  • Breaker 19.

  • That’s a big 10-4 good buddy.

  • See you on the flip flop, and remember to keep the dirty side down and the shiny side

  • up!”

  • What?

  • That’s not pilots talking.

  • Hey if you have any idea what I just said, leave it in the comments!