10 Flying Secrets From Flight Attendants

DEAD PEOPLE ON FLIGHTS

Believe it or not, some people actually try to sneak dead people onto planes. This is because transporting dead people is actually quite pricy, and it's easier to get the corpse a plane ticket and sneak them aboard. As flight attendants tell us, this strategy almost never works.

THE EFFECT OF ALTITUDE

Did you ever wonder why drinks seem way fizzier when you're on a plane? It's not just your imagination. The fizziest drink you can drink on a plane is a can of Diet Coke, which takes an insanely long time to settle when you're flying at 35,000 feet.

SHAGGING IN THE LOO

We've seen it so many times in movies, but how viable is "getting it on" in the airplane bathroom? Flight attendants do deal with this kind of thing from time to time, and they are often quite strict about it since it can cause a long line for people who want to use the bathroom.

AIR TURBULENCE

Flight attendants have experienced some seriously nasty turbulence over the years. In fact, it can be so bad that people can die if they don't wear their seatbelts properly. The most common victims of this air hazard are actually flight attendants themselves.

WHO GETS FIRED?

It's actually pretty easy to get fired at a flight attendant. Even a small infraction like wearing a sweater tucked around your waste can result in you getting fired. It's also strictly forbidden for an air attendant to fly while being sick.

PHYSICAL STANDARDS REQUIRED

There were actually very strict standards for those who wanted to be a flight attendant as early as the 1960s. These standards focused on things like height, weight, and age. During the 1970s, flight attendants fought back and simplified these standards to make them easier to attain.

A COMPETITIVE PROFESSION

Becoming a flight attendant is actually quite popular. Hundreds of thousands of people apply for just a few thousand positions. It's getting so competitive that you'll basically need a college degree and experience in the airline industry to have a chance.

THE PROBATION PERIOD

If you want to become a flight attendant, you'll have to go through a probation period first. This period forces you to wear a longer skirt, and you can't take advantage of the personal flight privilege until you're past this initial period.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Flight attendants are now being trained to spot potential human traffickers. Some might consider them to be the first line of defense. They are particularly concerned about newborns being trafficked, and they learn to spot the right signs.

ATTENDANT NOT PAID

If you thought getting delayed was bad, consider this: Flight attendants don't get paid for the time that their flights are delayed. So while you're sitting there trying to get home, the attendants are taking a long, unpaid break.

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