7. The Job Doesn’t Pay Very High
There is a common opinion that flight attendants live a glamorous lifestyle as they are able to travel the world as a part of their job and visit different places. However, the truth is that they are almost always busy and have a hectic schedule which prevents them from exploring other places.
In fact, they are only paid once the main cabin doors are shut. It means that delays and cancellations affect and annoy them as much as the passengers. It kind of affects them more because they don't get paid unless the plain boards. Although some airlines have relaxing policies regarding it, we have to respect their patience.
8. How Safe Are Airplanes?
Have you ever wondered if the airplane is thoroughly checked before taking off every time? Although there is a big list of constraints that are checked every time before a flight takes off, there are still some minor failures that are left unattended to ensure that flights are on time and there's no delay. But don't worry because these minor failures aren't supposed to affect safety provisions.
When it comes to in-flight safety, planes are sturdy enough to withstand getting struck by lightning or thunderstorms. It is important to buckle up during flight because most turbulence-related injuries happen when some passengers forget or ignore to fasten their seat belts.
9. What Do Crew Members Eat?
Did you know that those in the cockpit eat a different meal or never share food while they are on the job? The reason behind it is that doing it prevents food poisoning. It is a good guideline because you don't want to be in a place on which the pilot is constantly running to use the restroom.
There are crew meals on international hauls and not domestic flights. As we told you about how healthy the airplane food is, it becomes clearer because most flight crews bring their own food during the journey.
10. Anyone Wants An Upgrade?
An upgrade is like winning a lottery in the air travel world. No one can tell for sure the proven-way to get an upgrade every time. However, it certainly helps your case if you are not a rude person. Things that can strengthen your chances of getting an upgrade are; you are extremely tall, attractive, well-dressed, pregnant, or a friend of the flight crew. And hey, always try to be nice to the flight crew.
According to one anonymous flight attendant, getting an upgrade to first or business class is still possible even after the cabin doors close. However, it doesn't often happen a lot. Still, who knows you might hit the jackpot someday.
11. Handling Emergency On A Plane
Have you ever wondered what happens in case there's a medical emergency on a plane? Well, the flight attendants are given enough training to act as first responders if there's a medical emergency and they can perform the Heimlich maneuver or administer CPR. There are also first aid kits and planes that carry over 30 passengers have defibrillators as well.
Also, the cabin crew asks if there's a doctor on board whenever there's an emergency. In case of a grave situation, a pilot can either land a plane or divert it, which usually takes around 15 minutes. However, it becomes more difficult if it is an overseas flight.
12. Using Secret Communication Code
The flight crew does use a secret communication code because there are certain things that they don't want the passengers to know. It is completely understandable because they don't want to cause any panic among the passengers. So, they use certain codes to indicate what's going on.
You may hear certain beeping sounds during flight and they are not just some call buttons. According to insiders, the "dings" are used during the takeoff and landing to signal the crew that everything is okay as most dangerous stages are over. There are other bells for severe turbulence, emergency, and also if someone tries to enter the cockpit.