Flying on an airplane is many times unavoidable while traveling. Even the most seasoned air travel passengers sometimes struggle with being in a confined space for so long, while others enjoy the isolation of being so high above the rest of the world. Despite your feelings on airplanes, you (and most likely the savviest of travelers) haven’t heard of these airplane fun facts.
On long flights, the flight crew has their own sleeping cabin.
Like most people, the flight crew can get tired on long flights. Therefore, airplane designers found a way to create a small room, with sleeping quarters, for the crew. On large airplanes, like the he Boeing 777 and 787, there is a hidden staircase that leads to the room. Passengers are not allowed in these rooms and normally a key or code is needed to enter. The rooms are also sometimes fitted with an entertainment system.
The cockpit has its own escape hatch.
Every flight passengers are given instruction on how to exit an airplane in case of an emergency. However, have you ever wondered what the pilot does? Pilots actually have their own escape hatch in the cockpit. Although the exact location varies, each hatch normally comes with a rope, so pilots are able to climb down off the airplane.
The tiny holes in the windows keep them fog free.
Those tiny holes on the bottom of airplane windows are called “breather holes.” Airplane windows are actually made of 3 panes. The middle pane has the hole that most passengers notice. This hole helps release moisture and keeps your window fog free, so you can always enjoy the views.
The airplane restroom can be unlocked from the outside.
Although you may lock it from the inside, an airplane restroom can still be opened. There is a small panel on the outside of the door, which is normally covered with a metal plate that say something along the lines of “lavatory.” This panel hides the outside lock latch. This method is only used when absolutely necessary.
Airplanes are designed to be able to fly with just one engine.
Most airplanes are made with dual-engines. However, engineers design planes so the planes are able to function, for a long time, with just one. This is a back-up precaution just incase there is engine failure.