Seven Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Flights Travel

Seven Things You Probably Didn't Know About Flights Travel - Fly2france

Not to boast or anything, but we at Thrillist Travel know a lot about planes: How to get a cheap one, defecate on one, have sex on one, smuggle pot on one, and the difficulties and tribulations of being a flight attendant. However, every now and again, we come upon a truly startling information that answers a question we had no idea we had. If you were one of the estimated 1 billion passengers served by US airlines last year, you may be curious as to why you constantly have a ravenous yearning for Bloody Marys on aircraft, or why in-flight movies transform you into such a blubbering emotional idiot. Listen up, bar trivia buffs: here are 7 facts about flying you probably didn’t know.

1. You lose out on a third of your taste buds during flights

*Seinfeld voice* What’s up with aeroplane food? It’s not simply because airlines hire lousy cooks that things are horrible. At altitude, almost one-third of your taste receptors are dulled, which is why that $8 Mediterranean snack box always tastes, well, just OK. This also enhances the savoury qualities in tomato juice, which is one of the reasons why people love Bloody Marys and believe they taste better on flights.

2. Airplane air is quite literally as dry the Sahara

When you travel, you may have noticed that your hands become dry and your throat feels like sandpaper. That’s because the pressured air in the cabin is kept at a bone-dry 20 percent humidity level – about the Sahara’s normal humidity.

3. You lose 8 ounces of water from your body for every hour you fly

The dry air depletes your body of water at a rate of around 8 ounces every hour. That works up to about a two-liter bottle during a ten-hour long-haul trip. Friends, stay hydrated.

4. That little hole in the plane window might save your life

Have you ever noticed the little hole at the bottom of your window? That’s the breather hole, and it not only keeps warm air in so you don’t get too cold, but it also manages pressure, guaranteeing that if something happens to the outer pane of the window, the pressure won’t cause the inner pane to break, causing you to start sucking in oxygen at 35,000 feet. Before you get to the masks, think of it as Phase 1.

5. The toilets are actually vacuums

Unlike your house toilet, which syphons water down into the sewage, airline toilets are essentially vacuums: when you flush, a valve opens, and the air pressure sucks what’s in the bowl down into a tank placed in the plane’s tail. It takes roughly a half gallon of water to flush and may flush in any direction. However, older planes with antiquated toilet systems are still flying, as evidenced by accounts of raw frozen sewage falling from the sky.

6. The tail is the safest place to be during a crash

Again, aviation crashes are quite uncommon. However, a 2007 research by Popular Mechanics examined 36 years of NTSB crash data and discovered that the back of the plane provided passengers with the highest chance of survival. It’s also the most tactically effective way to become friends with your flight attendant and collect freebies! In the game of life, the last person off the plane wins.

7. Planes can fly with one engine, and land with none

Not that the pilot will announce that over the intercom, but commercial planes are built to operate with only one operational engine. They may also glide to the ground without using any motor power. So even if your plane breaks down in the air, you’ll most likely land safely!

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