7 Things You Didn’t Know About Airplanes

| June 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you want to explore the best exotic places in the world, you will need to board an airplane and while regular Jet Set readers already might be aware of some of the key facts of flying commercial, there are chances that you are not aware of other fascinating elements about the airplanes themselves. Here are 7 things you didn’t know about the airplanes.

Having Ashtrays In The Bathroom 

Smoking on airplanes have been banned by CAA but the passengers are well-aware of the fact that the bathrooms still have those ashtrays.

The reason that the airplanes still have ashtrays in the airplanes is the fact that despite the ban and numerous no-smoking signs, there will be that one smoker who will light up a cigarette on the plane.

The hope is that if someone violates the non-smoking policy, they will be doing it in some private place of the bathroom and will surely dispose of the cigarette in a safe place i.e. the ashtray instead of a trash can where, theoretically, it could cause a fire.

If you are caught smoking in the bathroom, you will be fined heavily.

Airplanes Tyres Are Made To Withstand The Weight  

The tyres you see on an airplane may look normal, but they are built in a way that it can easily endure weight up to 38 tons and they can even hit the ground at 170 miles more than 400 times before needing a re-tread.

Moreover, every airplane tyre is hand made and have to meet strict guidelines of CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).

The main reason behind their remarkable durability is inflating the air pressure in the tyres. An airplane tyre is inflated to 200 psi; this pressurised air is impressively so strong.

In case, the airplane needs new tyres, then the ground staff will simply jack the airplane to change the tyres, pretty similar to how you change your car’s tyres.

Airplanes Can Endure Lightning Strikes

The outer skin of most of the airplanes are made of aluminium and it is a good conductor of electricity. This is the reason the airplane is considered safe even if it is struck by lightning.

The passengers and the airplane are protected from the lightning by two things – first is the brilliance of the pilot and also the weatherman who predict the probability of storm & lightning in advance and secondly, a tiny device known as ‘static wick’.

Secret Bedrooms In The Airplanes

On a long-haul flight, the crew members of the airplane have to, sometimes, work for 16-17 hours. So, in order to combat fatigue and weariness, some airplanes such as Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliners have tiny bedrooms (not exactly that tiny) where they can have some sleep.

There is a hidden staircase from where the crew members get to access these bedrooms. These are low-ceilinged rooms with a maximum of 10 beds, a bathroom, and at times with an in-flight entertainment system as well.

Hole In The Airplane Window

If you are a first-time traveller on an airplane and you are sitting next to a window seat, then you will definitely wonder the reason behind that itsy-bitsy hole inside the window.

Just like other carefully calculated things on the airplane, this tiny hole also has a specific function. The windows of an airplane are made of three panes of acrylic.

This hole is also called a breather hole. This hole is located in the cabin window’s middle pain and it is meant to regulate the pressure exerted onto the windows. This breather hole ensures that the outer pane tolerates all the pressure.

An Airplane Can Fly Even With One Engine

You read that right, an airplane is capable of flying even with one engine. In fact, an airplane can even take-off and land with the help of one engine only.

Even if an airplane loses one engine, it is safe to keep flying the airplane and moreover, the pilots are being trained for such emergency situation.

You will be surprised to know that some airplanes can even fly without needing an engine, and this is because of the ‘glide ratio’.

Airplane Crew Dims The Lights For Take-off And Landing

The key reason that the lights are turned low is for the safety of you as a passenger in case of an accident.

When the crew members dim the lights, it helps your eyes to pre-adjust to the darkness outside, so that you are not blinded all of a sudden in case there is a power cut in the airplane and you are searching for the door. Above all the emergency path-lighting and signs are also clearly visible and makes it easier to have a glance outside.

Author Bio

Sophia Jones tries to live her life like the sun – setting her sights high and vowing to always rise up again. Always game for an adventure, Sophia loves widening readers and her own expectations of our vast, beautiful world. As a journalist, Sophia writes to inform. As a creative writer, Sophia strives to inspire. Overall, she hopes to captivate. She currently writes for sites like Redgage etc.



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