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Secrets pilots (probably) don't want you to know

11 Secrets Pilots Don't Want You to Know

If you're boarding a plane anytime soon, you may want to skip this article.

If not ... let's get started.

1) A plane or vehicle moves onto an active runway by mistake -- about 1,000 times a year.

2) Your coffee is made from the same water coming out of the bathroom sinks. Some coffee has bacteria levels a hundred times over government limits.

3) Your captain and crew are usually exhausted. They are allowed to be on duty without a break for up to 16 hours.

4) Pilots make you stow your laptop because it can be a projectile -- and pilots don't want to be taken out by a Macbook flying at 200 mph.

5) Some pilots get distracted by their laptops and cell phones during flight. In October 2009, two pilots on their laptops flew 150 miles past their destination.

6) An airplane will be struck by lightning an average of once per year. Luckily, this hasn't cause a crash in over 40 years.

7) Pilots make mistakes all the time ... mistakes about airspeed, altitude, landing, etc. Because they're usually corrected in time, the pilot won't tell anyone about them.

8) Pilots are constantly under pressure to carry less fuel than they think is necessary.

9) Lots of freight is shipped on commercial flights, including 'H.R.' That means 'Human Remains.' Don't be surprised if there's a casket on your flight.

10) When you're landing at night, the pilot dims the interior light in case you need to evacuate when landing. Your eyes are already adjusted to the darkness so you can see better outside the plane.

11) Lastly, there is no such thing as a 'water landing.'





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Lu Ann February 02 2014 at 9:49 PM

Our only son was in one of those Caskets on a flight. Why would you mention that as a "secret" that they wouldn't want to know.. our son didn't interrupt the flight once during it's time en route. Also, H.R. are also transported in cardboard boxes, or in Urns if they have been cremated.. fyi.. it's not always in a casket.

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douglasah February 02 2014 at 2:30 PM

I agree with nknoxlooker.....person doesn't know what they are talking about. I've worked for a airline for 26 years.......don't believe the stuff you read on line.
Pilots don't dim lights, pilots wouldn't be hurt by a laptop flying..he's sitting behind a bullet proof door.
Bacteria in water is controlled and tested.. 20 years ago this was a problem but in the 80's and 90's we all drank it before bottled water was popular and we never got sick.

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wildonion3 February 02 2014 at 2:29 PM

An idiot, who can't spell or compose a sentence, made up most of this crap.

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mingthemercilessone February 02 2014 at 2:27 PM

I have flown millions of miles, and NEVER have I seen a vehicle on the taxiway or runway that didn't belong there in the "conga" line awaiting permission to taxi and takeoff. The mandate is ALWAYS "see and be seen", regardless of the technology on board. Pilots who get "distracted" by their laptops and cell phones and land at the wrong airport tend to be FIRED, so pilots, whose livelihood is directly impacted by that happenstance, aren't inclined to allow that to happen. The ALPA determines how many hours a pilot can work before a mandatory rest time--and the FAA guidelines restrict substance ingestion (alcohol, medications, etc) before a flight.

As to the "bacteria" in the coffee...the flight attendants do NOT take that water out of the bathroom taps. The coffee water is loaded onto the plane with the other food and beverages. In some cases, the coffee is pre-brewed by the supplier of the food to the plane. Even if there were "bacteria" in the water, the temperature at which the coffee is brewed would kill off the little suckers.

These articles are pathetic and written only to get the ill-informed to mouth off at one another.

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airlinplt mingthemercilessone February 02 2014 at 4:12 PM

I hope you were in the back of the airplane. ALPA DOES NOT determine the number of hours pilots can fly.

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nknoxlooker February 02 2014 at 1:46 PM

I work for an airline and have for 25 yrs who ever posted this is full of it....so untrue in many many ways I am a flight attendant, I control lights in cabin and I control more situations than the pilots and we could careless about dimming lights just so your dumba####s gets off plane...who ever wrote this is and idiot.....

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loveeurope2 February 02 2014 at 1:30 PM

If you want to get in your car anytime soon........skip this article
If not....think about this
1) A vehicle moves onto the wrong side of the freeway or street, more than 1000 times a year

2) the coffee you are drinking may be too hot and burn you

3)You or if you are a mother are usually exhausted or tired after a 16 or more hours with your kids

4) In a head on crash the tablet your child plays with might actually kill you

5)Lots of drivers get distracted by their cell phones, text messages and doing make up in their car

6)Good thing, if you are struck by lightning you are safe in your car. The famous Faraday cage!

7)Drivers make mistakes all the time about speed, braking and keeping distance from other cars. If there is no accident, they'll never tell.

8)How many drivers get stuck on the freeway running out of gas. What would happen if you are a pilot?

9)Some cars carry freight, that is beyond its expiration date, like old pizzas and burgers under the seat and it smells like a casket being open too long.

10)When you are driving at night your chance of being killed by a drunk driver, a driver with impaired night driving capabilities or kids racing home from a club, multiplies.

11) Lastly,there is no such think as perfect crash safety, no matter how many airbags you have.
Happy driving and return home safely.

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Emily February 02 2014 at 1:27 PM

not true about the water landing - what about the Miracle on the Hudson?

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mingthemercilessone Emily February 02 2014 at 2:32 PM

My husband was a pilot--and he said that planes take every opportunity to get over water if possible during a flight because a water landing has a better chance of passenger survival than trying to glide to a halt on the ground.

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airlinplt mingthemercilessone February 02 2014 at 4:12 PM

are you still married?

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airlinplt mingthemercilessone February 02 2014 at 4:12 PM

are you still married?

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splintercottage February 02 2014 at 1:25 PM

Poorly done. The first 2 lines .. bet ya gotta an "a" from your professorwh thought last year. Whether some one has got to take a plane or not has nothng to do with the article.

The coffee water has been boiled . If it is unsanitary thats the role of "regulation" . Wha tis wrong with dimming the lights upon landing? The same could be said years ago for "extinguish your cigarettes. The fact that a plane hasn't crashed from lightning is 40 years is hardly luck ... it is prep and probability. So what if there is a casket on a plane, Zombie Problems?

And then the equally thoughtless comments from jsmith ... the unions are the problem ... I suppose that was in responce to the 16 hours dog tired shifts ... wihtout the union, the airine corps would certainly reduce work hours and hire more pilots and staff ... right? As far as European flight and staffing ... anyon ewho has done business in Europe knows government regualtions on work hours , conditions etc are much stronger than union restriction here.

In Europe empy fuel tanks must be filled with inert non explosive gas. NOt here however it was the airline corporations who lobbied to save on that risk not the unions. Far as staff attitudes, could it possibly be that dealing with pasangers are shoe horned into less space than was alocated on a slave ship, on the plane for hours without food, and schedules, and charged for what was once considered simple politeness for 16 hours might be pretty tough. Wow if only theyir unions hadn't insisited on the maltreatemnt of passengers, the deregulated airline combine might be doing well. And yeah dereg was also the unions. Do you ever fly?

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Avril splintercottage February 02 2014 at 1:38 PM

You can't spell - or type!

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mingthemercilessone Avril February 02 2014 at 2:34 PM

And you have little grasp of the mechanics of writing. Using a hyphen singularly is for syllable separation. If you want to add an afterthought that isn't parenthetical, you need a DOUBLE hyphen.

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mingthemercilessone splintercottage February 02 2014 at 2:36 PM

You are SOOOO correct about the coffee temp. As to the lightning strikes, the Marshall football team was wiped out in a crash. I have been on flights where the pilots flew hundreds of miles away from any storm. They are fascinating and beautiful to watch from 35,000 feet or so, and even more fascinating when one knows that one is in no danger of a lightening strike at that altitude.

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carolfalzarano February 02 2014 at 1:12 PM

GREAT THEIR GOES MY TRIP TO BOSTON

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TaRAa L0VeSs YoU February 02 2014 at 1:09 PM

i prefer walking

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tinybug66 TaRAa L0VeSs YoU February 02 2014 at 2:17 PM

I always dread the masses on the planes! I get sick because it smells and people need to breathe! Also hate the smash when someone obese tries to squeeze into one seat next to me....please....everyone...consider others.

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