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15 Flight Attendants Reveal Disturbing Secrets Passengers Should Know

July 21, 2021 96 votes 19 voters 16.3k views15 items

List RulesVote up the most disturbing flight attendant secrets.

Whether you are planning to take a flight for a summer vacation or you are just curious about what kind of things happen in a plane while you sleep, then you better read these disturbing stories and be attentive the next time you are in the air. Which is the most surprising secret for you? 

  • 1

    Said Patrick Bateman

    From Redditor u/unimproved:

    As said before in the last thread, there is a large list of things that can be broken but the aircraft can still fly.

    Often there will be a dead body in the cargo hold.

    There is [an] axe just laying around in the cabin. It'll spill open your skull (not tested) but it won't actually get through the aircraft skin or windows (tested).

    Lavatory doors can be opened from the outside by lifting the metal plate saying "lavatory" and pulling the pin under it.

    Both pilots may not eat the same meal, but they might be eating at the same time while the plane flies itself.

  • 2

    Never Have I Ever

    From Redditor u/huse789:

    My wife is a cabin crew - Do not eat food dropped on a tray table - they are never cleaned and the number of people who change [diapers] on them is [bonkers]!

  • 3

    Wait... What?

    From Redditor u/HausOfDarling:

    I'm a long haul flight attendant, coming up to six years. I've worked short, long and now ultra long haul flying. From economy to first class and everything inbetween. Obligatory, my opinions are my own and not reflective of my employer and I can only speak for the airlines I have worked on. To me, alot of it is basic common knowledge.

    Everyone asks about the water and whether it's safe to drink... To clarify, the tanks ARE cleaned out but it depends on what you define as regularly. Ours go a maximum of a week before being scrubbed out. It's basic Health and Safety. Also our boilers have filters inbuilt before pouring tea or coffee. I've seen people not want to drink the water because it appears cloudy. This is nothing to do with the water and is due to the air pressure. If you tap the side of your bottle/cup, the bubbles will dissipate quickly.

    Please do not ever walk into a toilet with bare feet. I promise you, 9 times out of 10, that is not water on the floor. Also please don't try and have [intimate encounters] in them, you are so obvious and it is filthy. The toilets are often absolutely disgusting and get deep cleaned only at the end of a route... For us this could be from one side of the world to the other... imagine how lovely they are at the end of a 12-hour flight with 200 people using them.

    There are many dangerous tools on board including, as someone mentioned, [an] axe. Most of the equipment is for survival but will be used if the circumstances called for it.

    For the long haul, there are basic kits that certified doctors can use onboard. These include stents, catheters, viagra, adrenaline, IV kits, and devices that will literally be shoved down your throat if you're not breathing. Long haul flying can mean you could be hours away from diverting to a hospital.

    If you're flying short-haul, definitely bring anti-bac wipes or sanitizer. A lot of airlines will have the crew 'turnaround' the plane meaning they pick up your rubbish, fold your seatbelt over, file your magazines in the seat pocket and then welcome new passengers on board. I have lost count of the number of times I have had to tell people how disgusting it is to change their baby on the tray table or in a seat.

    I ALWAYS recommend you never, ever, ever, EVER use or put anything in the seat pocket. They are cleared of the rubbish but are never 'cleaned'. I have pulled out and seen all sorts been pulled out from there. Dirty tissues, sick bags, knickers, socks, people's feet, gum, half sucked sweets, apple cores... and then next flight you go and put your phone/laptop/iPad in there.

    My particular airline provides uniforms that are, to a certain extent, fire-resistant.

    As other people have said, take-off and landing is the most dangerous time of flight. Try and sit as close to the door as possible. It's pretty obvious but they've done studies where your chance of survival dramatically decreases with every row you're away from the door.

    You can, and probably will be [detained] for disobeying crew instructions. Yes, the seatbelt sign is on and we have had a PA indicating turbulence. No, it is not bumpy right now but that doesn't mean you can get up and use the toilet, you are a grown adult and can hold on for five minutes. Yes, I have seen a passenger crack a vertebra for disobeying our instructions to remain seated before hitting clear air turbulence.

    On that note, there has been a huge shift recently to pursue and seek the highest amount of damages if you assault or [[maltreat]] the crew. We don't care who you are, your safety is all we care about. The only thing that tops your safety? Our safety.

    We are trained in self-defense and to defend the flight deck at all costs. We are extensively trained on how to deal with threats - verbal and physical, [detonation device] threats, suspicious articles, dangerous goods, hijackers and other terroristic acts. We have handcuffs on board and will use them if you need to be restrained.

    In the event of an emergency, the pilot's priority is not your safety as a passenger. It's to get the aircraft on the ground as safely and quickly as possible. Aviate, navigate, communicate is their motto.

    Most other people have said it but yes, there is more often than not a lot of horrific things in the cargo. Air travel is the quickest way to transport something from A to B. Usually, the only people who know are the flight deck (pilots) and the Manager/Senior Crew member. Dead [cadavers], organs, blood are obvious ones but we also carry everything right up to Formula One car parts, exotic animals, marble tables, oversized televisions... everything.

  • 4

    Prevention Is Better Than Cure

    From Redditor /uflyingrum:

    Not a flight attendant, but I'm quoting a fact:

    When a plane lands at night, cabin crews will dim the interior lights. Why? In the unlikely event that the plane landing goes badly and passengers need to evacuate, their eyes will already be adjusted to the darkness.