16 Alarming Airline Secrets

Well, another week, another list of “airline secrets” hah. This one comes from the Huffington Post and seems to borrow a few of the secrets from the 30 Pilots and Flight Attendants Confess their “Best Kept Flying Secrets” list that made the internet rounds the last two weeks.

Those blankets have NOT been washed. Also, there’s a solid chance your tray table has poo on it. 
“I worked for Southwest as a flight attendant. Those blankets and pillows? Yeah, those just get refolded and stuffed back in the bins between flights. Only fresh ones I ever saw were on an originating first flight in the morning in a provisioning city. Also, if you have ever spread your peanuts on your tray and eaten, or really just touched your tray at all, you have more than likely ingested baby poo. I saw more dirty diapers laid out on those trays than food. And those trays, yeah, never saw them cleaned or sanitized once.” –@melhow44

People steal the lifejackets. 
“People take those life jackets, located under or between your seat, as souvenirs. It’s a vile and punishable offense, and while airlines do check each seat at the start of every day, a plane could make several trips in a day, during any one of which a passenger could steal a life vest. So, I learned, it’s a good idea to check if the life jacket is indeed there.” —George Hobica, airline expert

There are hold-on handles in case flight attendants get shoved off the plane.
“Next time you get on a plane, take note of the handles by the door, just inside the plane. What on earth are those for? Correct, they’re grab handles, but why? Well, in a panicked emergency evacuation, when the flight attendants are manning the exit door, passengers, in their mad rush to get off, have a tendency to push them out of the way, sometimes all the way down the slide. The handles are there to make sure that the flight attendants stay on the plane if that’s what they need to do.” —George Hobica, airline expert

You can ask for the whole can of Coke.
“If you’ve got a thirst that’s going to take more than a few tablespoons of soda to quench, consider politely asking your flight attendant for the whole can. Most of the time, they’re happy to oblige.” —Beth Blair, former flight attendant

Check out the full list here.

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  1. I’d recommend putting the whole list in your blog and NOT putting a link to Huff Post. Their website sucks and locks up peoples computers all the time. I can almost never get a Huff Post page up and by viewing my searched on the net loads of people have the same problem.

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