Airplane Check: 9 Super Fun Facts About Aircrafts That We Bet You Didn't Know

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Airplane Check: 9 Super Fun Facts About Aircrafts That We Bet You Didn't Know

Airplanes nowadays are the cheapest and the fastest mode of transportation. With the falling rates of air tickets, flying is no more a dream for anyone.

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To bring back the thrill and amusement that you felt on your first flight, we have listed some most fun and amazing facts about airplanes. We bet you didn’t know most of them!

#1. Planes Can Withstand Lightning

Yes, you read it right! Planes are designed to handle being struck by lightning. The careful mechanism and engineering of the aircraft let the electric charge of a lightning bolt running through the plane get out of it, without causing any damage.


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#2. Airplanes Do Not Have Any 'Safe' Seats

The authorities claim that there is no safe seat on the plane. Each seat will more or less suffer the same outcomes. Although, saying that, they also assure that the third rows from the back are prone to lesser risks as compared to the middle and the front seats.


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#3. Remember The Cabin Crew Asking You To Dim the Lights?

During night landings, the passengers are always requested to dim their reading lights. This is done so to let the eyes of the passengers adjust to the darkness when they step out. This would also ensure a comparatively easier evacuation during times of emergency. Under the same context, the windows are supposed to be raised to help the passengers figure out the outside atmosphere before evacuating.


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#4. The Food In The Planes Is Not Good

Airplanes have a bad reputation when it comes to food. Well, the fault lies in the atmosphere inside the plane. The dry air inside the aircraft cabin changes the taste of the food and the drinks. Sweet food doesn’t taste that sweet, while the salty ones get saltier.


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#5. Airplanes Might Have Secret Bedrooms

Some planes, like the Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliners have secret bedrooms for the cabin crew. A flight which flies for longer distances often makes the crew work for extended hours. These rooms have been created to avoid fatigues and sickness. These are mostly low ceiling rooms with a bathroom attached.


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#6. No Smoking, Yet Ashtrays In The Airplanes? 

Airplanes do not allow smoking while flying. But despite the 'No-Smoking' signs and strict policies, some smokers would still light a cigarette. The bathrooms have ashtrays so that the smokers have a limited area to smoke and also the burnt butts are disposed of safely.


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#7. Oxygen Masks To The Rescue

Most flights include the use of oxygen masks in their safety instructions. It says that the oxygen masks are supposed to be used if there is a sudden loss of the cabin pressure. The scary part is that these oxygen masks only have about 15-minutes worth of oxygen. But you need not worry because while you use the oxygen mask, the plane is losing its altitude. The pilot immediately responds to such situations and brings the plane to a breathable altitude of 10,000 feet. This fast descent takes less than 15 minutes, which ensures that the oxygen in the masks is sufficient to keep you safe.


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#8. Airplanes Always Leave Trails In The Sky

Remember looking at the sky and finding the planes leaving white smoke behind giving a line like structure? Those white lines are nothing but trails of condensation. The engines release water vapor due to the combustion process. When the hot water vapor is fused out of the exhaust, it hits the cold air of the upper atmosphere. This creates smoky white lines in the sky.


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#9. Even The Tiny Holes Have Some Function

The small holes on the windows in an airplane are not made to make it look presentable. They are there to regulate cabin pressure. In the case of any misfortune causing damage to the exteriors of the plane, these holes help to maintain peace inside the craft. They regulate air pressure which helps the middle pane to remain safe.

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Did you know these facts? Are there more that you wish to add to this list? We would love to hear from you. Share your thoughts and opinions in the comment box below.

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