5 Secrets Your Flight Attendant Doesn’t Want You To Find Out

From failing engines to fussy eaters, find out the top secrets from up in the sky!

By Leonardo, London · April 24, 2019


Pic: Pixabay / Jan Vašek

What happens if the engines stop working?

If both of the engines were to fail they could glide up to 6 miles at an altitude of roughly 5,000 feet. This means that if the plane was at an altitude of 3,5000 feet then it could glide around 42 miles before landing. This is why a lot of accidents happen during take-off or landing because the pilot and co-pilot don’t have time to do anything or fix the problem.



How do oxygen masks work?

When you are at a very high altitude the oxygen masks fall down but they only provide you with 15-20 mins of oxygen. This should be enough time for the pilot to adjust the altitude so you can breathe normally again. It takes around 15-20 seconds to pass out from a lack of oxygen so if you’re travelling with children, still put your own on first. It won’t harm them if they pass out for a couple of seconds.

How are toilets on planes locked?

During the take-off and landing of a plane, the toilets are locked so that passengers will not be able to sneak in. A flight attendant can lift up the occupied sign and lock the toilet from the outside which is pretty cool.  



Is all of the food on flights the same?

Apparently, the food on longer flights is much better than the food on shorter flights because the food is of a higher quality. This is because it is not as important to make sure a passenger is fed on a 2-hour flight in comparison to a 12-hour flight. Airlines want to make sure they return again.

What could annoy the flight attendants?

Yes, if you are rude, but also in some more surprising ways. For example, if you ask for a Diet Coke on a flight in might annoy the flight attendants, because it takes three times as long for the fizziness to settle!