Fact #01 - Sky Babies
Apart from a crash, the worst nightmare of every flight attendant is childbirth on board. Although extremely rare, nearly 60 babies were born in the sky!
Fact #02 - A long flight
The longest commercial flight you can book is a flight from Singapore to New York that lasts 18 hours 50 minutes... better get comfortable!
Fact #03 - 47 Seconds
Not a fan of airtime? The shortest flight available takes place in Scotland. It connects Westray to Papa Westray and takes 47 seconds!
Fact #04 - Forbidden Number
Since the number 13 is considered an unlucky number in Western culture, most airlines don't have a row 13 on their planes!
Fact #05 - Nowhere to go
As a result of the pandemic, some companies started offering ‘flights to nowhere’. Although the destination was the same as the departure, it seemed to have been a commercial success!
Fact #06 - Flight to HEL
In 2017, on a Friday the 13th, Flight 666 to HEL took off for the last time, before being renumbered.
Fact #07 - Dried Out
The pressurised air in the flight cabin is kept below 20% humidity, which is about the average humidity of the Sahara desert!
Fact #08 - Pilots' meals
In most airlines, pilots and co-pilots are required to eat different meals in case of food poisoning!
Fact #09 - Lucky Few
It is estimated that only around 5% of the world’s population gets boards on a plane each year.
Fact #10 - Taste Buds
Your taste buds become 30% less sensitive while flying. But not every flavor is affected equally!
Fact #11 - Mayday, Mayday
"MAYDAY" was made official as an international distress call in 1948. It is derived from the French word "m’aidez", which means "help me"!
Fact #12 - Old Bones
The average age of commercial aircraft is 20 years. They are usually retired at around 30 years of age.
Fact #13 - Fast as lightning
From 1976 to 2003, the Concorde flew at twice the speed of sound, connecting NYC to London in 2 hours and 52 minutes!
Fact #14 - In the dark
At night, lights on board are dimmed for landing and takeoff so that in the event of an emergency, passengers' eyes will already be adjusted to darkness.
Fact #15 - Raise your shade
On landing and take-off, attendants ask you to raise your shade so they can see outside and decide which side of the aircraft is the safest if an evacuation was needed!