Airline staff reveal the shocking truth of air travel

Kenya Airways Crew
Kenya Airways Crew

When a user on social media site Reddit asked for anyone who had worked in the airline industry to share their industry secrets, responses poured in. Some will really shock you.

Dead bodies on flights

According to one poster, almost every commercial flight has a dead body on board, “or maybe two if you’re on a wide, body aircraft.”

“Airplane Peekaboo”

For those who enjoy the privacy of the toilet, you might be shocked to learn there is “a small latch hidden inside the lavatory sign on the bathroom door that will open the door when pulled, even when it’s locked”, said one poster, adding that they call this “Airplane peekaboo!”.

Airplane cleanliness

One revealed that the ‘new’ earphones which are handed out to passengers are sometimes just taken off an old flight, cleaned and given out again. Another supposed flight attendant advised passengers to avoid drinking coffee as the container is ‘never washed’.

One poster said that the tray tables were the dirtiest part of the plane.

Missing Parts

Worryingly, another claimed that a plane can still be allowed to take off even if it’s missing parts, saying: “There’s a huge list of things that can be missing from the aircraft while still being allowed to fly.”

Cheapest time to buy a flight

Another user gave their opinion on when is the cheapest time to buy a flight which is apparently Tuesday afternoons.

“Miracle Flights”

Airline staff also on the thread also lifted the lid on a phenomenon they call ‘miracle flights’.

One poster who claimed to work in the industry explained: “People fake needed a wheelchair to gain boarding priority. 10 wheelchairs get on and only one person needs it getting off. We call them miracle flights.”

Food poisoning

One interesting fact was that the pilot and co-pilot are served different meals to avoid both being struck down by food poisoning if there is a problem with one particular dish.

Pets on the plane

Strangely, the top rated comment in the thread was about what happens when you fly with your pet.
“If you checked your dog, there’s about a 30 per cent chance it’s terrified before it even gets on the plane. Who knows how scared it gets during the actual flight. Bag room agents will usually try to comfort a scared animal but all we can really do is talk to it, so if you write your pet’s name on their carrier it usually helps a lot.”

– Anonymous Reddit poster

Finally, a secret that should apply to everyday life was revealed by one user who said: “If you’re nice to people, they’ll be nice back to you.”