lying is a pretty cool experience—you’re sitting 35,000 feet up in the air after all—but it can also be tiring, uncomfortable, and dirty. In a recent Reddit thread, flight attendants revealed some of the less glamorous aspects of flying.
Reddit asked flight attendants: “what do passengers *not* know?” The answers were interesting, occasionally disturbing, and also fairly useful. Here are a few of the best.
Don’t Bother Marking “Fragile” Luggage
“A bag marked fragile will get thrown just as hard as every other bag being quickly packed into the bin.”
How to Ensure You’ll Find the Exit in any Emergency
“Count the seat backs to the closest exit. Good chance you won’t be able to see in some types of accidents.”
“See You Next Time” Is Code
When we say “see you next time” to certain passengers as they deplane after arrival, that’s our code word for “f-ck you – I hope you never fly with us again”.
Don’t Throw a Fit About TSA Rules
“One thing people definitely should know is that a surprising amount of the delays that happen are due to passengers. Yep, passengers. That one guy who throws a fit because he can’t take four ounces of liquid through TSA and decided the gate agent was a great target to take out their wrath on caused your delay.”
Turbulence Probably Won’t Crash the Plane
“It is nearly impossible for turbulence to crash a plane (even the bad stuff). Turbulence is only dangerous because of things flying around the cabin and that includes people not wearing seat belts. Most accidents happen at take off and landing that’s why we make you do all of those things before take off and landing.”
Don’t Argue If You Get Cut Off
“Since the altitude of the plane…thins your blood alcohol will hit you harder. We were told one in the air for two on the ground. Also, it is illegal to be intoxicated on a plane and it is illegal for us to get you drunk. So if we cut you off don’t argue we may serve you later if you’re nice.”
Some of the other anecdotes in the thread aren’t particularly useful, but they’re still interesting, if only out of morbid curiosity. Check them all out for yourself at the link below.