- 1+ 456- 333
Pilots Get Served Different Meals in Case of Food Poisoning
Likely the same meals you're being offered, so hope you chose the same meal as the pilot who continues at the helm during the other's bout of food poisoning.
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The Toilets Can Be Unlocked from the Outside
This is more of a "Charlie from 'Lost' getting cranked on heroin" precaution than a "People in row 23 joining the mile-high club" fail-safe, but the fact remains that occupied does not mean you're free from the possibility of interruption.
- 3+ 370- 387
Pilots Routinely Nod Off During Long Flights
While nap breaks are scheduled so one pilot can rest while the other commands a plane once it's at cruising altitude, most pilots (more than 50% according to this survey) have involuntarily nodded off while in the cockpit.
- 4+ 285- 355
If You Use the Oxygen Bags for More Than 15 Minutes, You're Gonna Have a Bad Time
The oxygen masks on planes only supply 15-20 minutes of oxygen. The theory is that the pilots will descend to a height of normal cabin pressurization as soon as an issue is noted.
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Guidelines Exist for the Amount of Screws a Plane Is Allowed to Fly Without
Seems you'd prefer to have zero screws missing, but apparently there's a threshold of acceptable missing screws on the plane.
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Planes Are Frequently Struck by Lightning
Better the plane than you.
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Some Airline Employees Don't Get Paid Until the Flight's in the Air
Why is this scary for you? Let's say a pilot, flight attendant, or other airline employee notices something off about the plane (torn carpet, a toilet issue, a possible technical issue) they consider negligible, they may fail to report the condition in case it causes the flight to be substantially delayed or even cancelled.
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The Emergency Door Handles Are There So Flight Attendants Aren't Pushed Out
People go nutty whenever there's a situation involving an emergency exit, and the poor flight attendants – who are trying to get you out safely – are often disregarded like limits on carry-on baggage, necessitating the plane's version of "Oh Sh*t" bars.
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Somebody Has Probably Changed a Diaper On Your Tray Table
Why bother going to the bathroom to remove your child's sodden diaper when you could loose it on a small table that most people eat their food on?
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Nobody Washes the Blankets or Pillows
Enjoy your scabies.
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People Steal the Under-Seat Life Jackets
Somewhere, in a Midwest frat house, is the life jacket you should be using in case of emergency.
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If Your Bag Vibrates for ANY Reason, You'll Be Called Out to Have It Examined
Moral of the story: take the batteries out of your vibrating toys before you fly.
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The Walkways Are Lit for Emergencies, Not Atmosphere
But hey, enjoy the pretty lights as you're stepping over small children on your way to the emergency exit.
- 14+ 190- 312
Plane Water Is Disgusting And Possibly Poop-Filled
A test of tap waters from various airlines, performed by the Wall Street Journal in 2002, found bacteria levels in spigot water to be as much as 100x the allowed limit in the US.
- 15+ 179- 311
Food Service On Night Flights Can Be Delayed Until More People Fall Asleep
Less work for the flight attendants.
- 16+ 183- 322
If A Bomb Threat Occurs Over An Ocean, You Likely Won't Hear About It
Since there's nowhere to land a giant plane in the middle of an ocean, if a plane gets a bomb threat in the middle of a long haul, you're unlikely (as a passenger) to hear about it.
- 17+ 172- 310
Flight Attendants Are Using Their Cell Phones During the Flight
Apparently the small electronics you're forbidden to use during the flight are really quite harmless, but if you could check your email on your phone, what's going to compel you to pay for the $15 in-flight Internet?
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Even the Headphones in Wrappers Have Probably Been Used
If you don't mind a little bit of sweat, skin flakes, and general ickiness from another passenger, game on.
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