You may think you know a lot about air travel, but let’s put that claim to the test. If you want to impress your aviation pals at your next get-together, take note of these nine interesting and little-known facts about aircraft:
Commercial airline pilots and copilots never eat the same meal. Why? In the event that one of them gets food poisoning, the other will still be well enough to fly the plane. It makes you look at the airport food a little differently, doesn’t it?
You lose about two cups of water from your body for every hour you spend flying. Most of the moisture is lost through breathing, and dehydration is a common complaint among passengers on long flights.
Flight attendants have significant levels of first-aid training. They really are safety personnel and will likely be the first to assist you in an in-flight medical emergency.
Statistically, flying is still the safest form of transportation after the elevator and escalator. In the rare event of a plane crash, you have a 96% chance of surviving.
The word “stewardess” is the longest word in the English language that is typed exclusively using the left hand on a keyboard. (Go ahead and try it!)
A commercial aircraft door will not open in flight — it can’t because it is actually bigger than the door frame itself and it’s designed to open inward, toward the cabin. To open the door while the plane is flying would require the equivalent strength needed to lift a 2,200-pound weight.
Only 5% of the entire world’s population has ever traveled by aircraft; however, more than 80% of people claim to be afraid of flying.
Ever wondered why so many people prefer V8 juice as an in-flight beverage? The ability to taste salty flavors is hindered by cabin pressure. So the juice, which is very high in sodium content, actually tastes sweeter in the air than it does on the ground.
Most aircraft that fly internationally display their home country’s flag painted on or near the tail and facing forward on the left side of the plane, backward on the right side. This is because it imitates how a flag would look if it were hoisted on a pole above the plane during flight.