More than 8 million people travel via plane each day. While most people are familiar with the concept of flying, there are several facts associated with this modern method of transportation that often go unnoticed.
1. Flight Attendants Are Paid Only When the Plane Is Moving
While different airlines have their own policy, most only pay their flight attendants when the plane is moving. If it takes an hour for all passengers to board, that’s an hour of unpaid time for the flight attendants. They are generally only paid when the plane is taking off, flying or landing. As a result, many flight attendants complain about flight delays or other issues preventing the plane from moving.
2. Flying Causes Dehydration
Many air travelers feel thirsty upon boarding a plane because of the cabin’s low humidity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the average humidity inside a plane’s cabin is less than 20 percent. To put that number into perspective, most homes have a humidity level of 30 percent to 50 percent. With less moisture vapor in the air, passengers often experience the effects of mild dehydration, including dry mouth, fatigue and itchy skin.
3. All Planes Have Ashtrays But Smoking Is Prohibited
It may sound contradictory, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all flights in and out of the United States to have an ashtray in the lavatory even though smoking is prohibited. CNN explains that ashtrays provide a safe way for passengers to extinguish their cigarette if they decide to light up even if smoking is prohibited.
4. Flying Is One of the Safest Ways to Travel
Some people are hesitant to fly, fearing they could be injured or killed in a crash. However, flying remains one of the safest ways to travel. Statistics show the odds of being killed while flying are about one in 4.7 million.
5. Flying Private Beats Commercial
It’s easier, more convenient and arguably more enjoyable to fly on a private plane than a commercial plane. And thanks to new flight-sharing services like Wingly, travelers can score great deals on private flights. These services connect pilots of private planes with passengers in need of a flight.
6. Planes Are Lighting-Proof
While alarming to say the least, passengers shouldn’t worry about lighting bringing down a plane. Planes today are designed with strict standards to protect key components like the fuselage from lighting damage. Furthermore, most pilots can simply fly over or around lightning storms.