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7 Secrets of the Airline Industry
7 Secrets of the Airline Industry

1.  Those lavatories unlock from the outside.
You are able to unlock airplane lavatories from the outside. There is usually a lock mechanism concealed behind the no smoking badge on the door. Just lift the flap up and slide the bolt to unlock.

2. The water in the lavatory is very dirty.
Whatever you do, do not drink the water in the lav. It is bad enough to “wash” your hands in it. We sanitize the water tank at selected maintenance intervals however parasites build tolerances to these cleaners.

3. Think twice before flying with pets.
While the airline will take the best possible actions to protect your pets, some things can’t be avoided, like noise on the ramp. As an aircraft fueler, I can’t stand there without ear protection. Imagine your pet sitting out there on the ramp waiting to be loaded onto the plane being exposed to the same amount of noise that I am.

4. A hard landing isn’t the pilot’s fault.
When you experience a hard landing in bad weather it wasn’t because of a lack of pilot skills but it is in fact intentional. If the runway is covered in water the airplane has to touch down hard in order to puncture the water layer and prevent hydroplaning.

5. Your checked bags will get tossed around.
If it says “fragile,” it’s getting thrown harder. If it’s says this side up, it’s going to be upside down. We have to fit freight and 100+ bags in a cargo pit. It has to fit how it’s going to fit.

6. The truth behind turning off electronics.
Mobile electronic devices won’t really bring an airplane down but they can be really annoying to pilots. Just imagine sitting in the flight deck descending to your destination and hearing the interference of a 100+ cellphones picking up a signal. I have missed a clearance or 2 that way.

7. Planes have a hard time flying on hot days.
I worked the ramp in Phoenix. On especially hot days, we had to offload cargo because planes struggled to take off in the thin air.

Source: Reddit

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