Airline staff reveal scary secrets
Passengers may want to avoid wearing headphones supplied by airlines, skip the coffee and be careful when they lock the lavatory door on their next flight.
That’s the advice of anonymous employees of airlines and airports who have taken to Reddit to reveal some shocking and amusing secrets.
In one confession, a user named ichigo29 suggested passengers bring their own headphones on board.
‘The headsets that are given to you are not new, despite being wrapped up. They are taken off the flight, “cleaned” and then packaged again.’
WorseToWorser, told readers to skip the coffee when the drink cart comes round.
‘The coffee is absolutely disgusting because no one washes the container that goes out every morning.
‘The station agents who get paid way too little don’t give a s*** about cleaning it. I certainly didn’t when I worked for AA.
‘Also, because we weren’t given the proper supplies to clean it we pretty much just rinsed it out and dumped coffee into it.’
On long-haul flights where passengers are served breakfast, lunch or dinner, pilots are served different meals and cannot share, in case of food poisoning.
Nunswithknives wrote that it turns out the locks on suitcases may be just as useless.
‘Locks on zippered bags are useless. You can pop a zipper with a pen and drag the locked zipper pulls around the bag to close them back up.
‘I’ve done this many times to identify bags that are tagless and locked.’
For those who travel with their beloved pets, a user revealed what happens after cats, dogs or other animals are checked in and separated from their owners.
'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.
'I've never seen a cat who was scared in the bag room, cats don't give a f***.'
RabbitMix, who works at an airport bag room, revealed how luggage gets left behind or ‘lost’.
"The most common case is when a bag is pulled for extra screening and doesn’t make it to the plane on time."
PlatinumAero, a Redditor who claims to be an air traffic controller, offered an interesting take on how airlines fly their planes differently.
‘Southwest for example tends to climb like bats out of hell, and then request direct routing/shortcuts from us, and we are often able to approve them and send them direct, since they're above most conflicting traffic. It's one of their signature tricks, and it usually works.
‘This can cut significant time off the flight, which of course has numerous advantages.
‘In contrast, American Airlines on the other hand tends to be gentle for efficiency and passenger comfort, and they always report chop and turbulence when other guys say it's smooth.
‘Things like this are actually so profound, it can affect how we control traffic. You can usually count on guys like Southwest to climb and descend fast for you, for example.
Passengers who sit in the aisle seat may find it annoying when the outer armrest doesn’t raise, but there is a way around that.
According to one user, the outer armrest can be raised via a small button in a divot on the underside, although some flight attendants may order you to put it back in place.
If the cabin were to depressurise, there would only be 12 minutes of oxygen available from the masks, a user named oraclexzf wrote.
"That would give the flight crew enough time to descend to a safe altitude of 10,000ft."
A user named ihatcoe, who claimed to be a flight attendant, says that it pays to be nice!
‘The nicer you are to us, the more we can do for you.
‘Ran out of beef? Ask politely and we will get you a fillet mignon from first class.
‘Your neighbour is noisy? Tell us nicely and we might be able to get you a better seat.
‘More often than not when passengers are aggressive and nasty we’d render minimal service and not extend more help than need be.’