6 Ways You Don’t Even Know You’re Wasting Money
Millions of us take flights every single day, yet it’s still a commercial sector that’s shrouded in mystery. So, in order to pique your interest, here are ten incredible facts about aircraft, airports and flying – happy reading!
- One of the most deadly reported aircraft accidents didn’t take place in the sky – it took place on the ground! In 1977, two packed planes, each with more than 300 passengers, collided head on on the runway. Sadly, over 500 people were killed instantly.
- Pilots, copilots and air hostesses and marshals are not allowed to eat the same food as the passengers. If the food makes people ill, this will ensure that the people running the plane won’t get ill, too.
- Those that seek a job in the aircraft maintenance and repair industry can be expected to earn a salary of $55,210. This is just above the U.S. national average of $51,939.
- Ever wondered why you have to set your phone to airplane mode when you fly? It’s not because it will interfere with the flight. It’s because the waves from the phone make annoying noises in the flight control earpieces. Ever heard that audio static noise? Not good.
- In order to land the job, all pilots must have perfect 20/20 vision, with or without the aid of corrective lenses. This is the same requirement as firefighters, lifeguards, police officers and first responders.
- The largest airplane in the world is acknowledged as the Antonov-An 225. It has a staggering takeoff weight of over 640 tons. For comparison, the average African elephant weighs in at between 2 and 7 tons. That means the Antonov weighs the same as 91 7-ton elephants.
- People try to sneak all kinds of things onto a plane. In 2002, tried to smuggle two monkeys, concealed in his shorts. A woman in Sweden once tried to take 75 live snakes, hidden in her bra, onto a commercial flight. And finally, a woman and her daughter were caught trying to get a corpse sat in a wheelchair on board a flight. Lovely.
- Most people have a fear of traveling on a plane. To put those fears to rest, many analytics peg the chances of you dying in a crash at one in 29 million. There are only 12 fatalities every million flight hours, and the survival rate of crash passengers is 24%.
- Approximately 13 million Americans claim to be a part of the mile high club, which is roughly 4% of the population. Some studies have shown that the vibrations and low oxygen levels on planes can heighten sexual arousal. Just keep an eye on those bathrooms!
- Contrary to popular belief, toilet waste isn’t just dumped (pun intended) out of the plane. Planes use vacuum toilets, so they don’t have to carry extra water. When you push ‘flush’ a valve is opened in the loo, which exposes the contents to a vacuum. This vacuum then sucks the load down into the plane’s holding tank. When the plane lands, this tank is flushed out by airport crew.