What you should know when flying in a commercial plane

When flying with a commercial airline, many times we are not aware of certain aspects of security that we must take into account. Either we don't understand the reasons for certain delays, or we don't know why our plane lands at another airport.

The American magazine Reader's Digest just published a report with interesting and sometimes curious considerations of United States airline pilots on the day to day of commercial flights.

Of all these considerations, it is important that many of us take them into account when fly with an airline, and there are others that would possibly be better not to know.

If you are curious to know the opinions of North American pilots, I advance some of them, and you can read them all in the report published in Reader's Digest (in English).

  • «We tell passengers all the things they need to know, but we avoid telling them situations that might scare them»
  • «Many times the airline does not give us enough time to eat, so sometimes we have to delay the flight departure simply to get food.
  • «The Department of Transportation puts so much emphasis on meeting departure schedules, that sometimes they don't let us wait for 20 passengers on a connecting flight that arrive a little late»
  • «It is not your imagination. Indeed, companies have adjusted their schedule forecasts so that they can better meet them. Thus, a flight whose expected duration is two hours, is actually done in just one hour and three quarters. »
  • “One thing is when the pilots light the indicator that the belt should be put on. But when you have to be really attentive, it's when you see the cabin staff sitting in their posts. This means that the plane is approaching an area of ​​great turbulence »
  • «Is it safe to fly with a child on your knees? No, it is extremely dangerous if sudden decelerations or turbulence decreases. »
  • «The pilots were perplexed by the great fear that the passengers of an airplane have to the turbulences. It is totally impossible for a turbulence to cause an accident. We avoid the turbulence not because of the fear that the plane will fall, but because of the inconveniences they produce.
  • “Most people have assumed that when traveling in a car at 120 kilometers per hour you should go with your belt on. But when we fly at a speed of 900 kilometers per hour on an airplane, and turn off the signal of tightening the belt, half of the passengers take them off. They are not aware that a sudden descent would make them hit the roof of the plane. »