7. Using Secret Communication Code
The flight crew does use a secret communication code because there are certain things that they don't want the passengers to know. It is completely understandable because they don't want to cause any panic among the passengers. So, they use certain codes to indicate what's going on.
You may hear certain beeping sounds during flight and they are not just some call buttons. According to insiders, the "dings" are used during the takeoff and landing to signal the crew that everything is okay as most dangerous stages are over. There are other bells for severe turbulence, emergency, and also if someone tries to enter the cockpit.
8. Flight Crew Need to Sleep As Well
Although the hectic schedule prevents the flight crew from taking a nap to re-energize their body, they still have to rest like the rest of us. On domestic flights, they mostly don't have the luxury of sleeping, but they have special sleeping cabins on long-haul flights. For instance, Boeing 777 and 787 jets have sleeping quarters for the flight crew.
Pilots also have assigned rest periods and sleeping berth which is usually located in a separate compartment. When the pilot gets some much-needed sleep, the co-pilot takes control of the plane.
9. Not So Clean Water
It is recommended not to drink water from lavatory tap on airplanes (for good reasons, of course). But what about the potable water which is used in tea and coffee. Many flight attendants do recommend sticking to bottled beverages and not drinking coffee or tea on the plane.
The tanks for the drinks are clean, but still there are doubts over how often they are cleaned. But we cannot ignore that the valve for filling clean water is quite close to the one for cleaning lavatory waste.
10. Certain Standards for How The Flight Attendants Need to Look
Although there are a rigid set of criteria which some airlines follow (e.g. age, weight, personal grooming), there are airlines that don’t make their flight staff follow such strict standards anymore.
However, airlines do emphasize on professional presentation and appearance and some of them even have height parameters to ensure that the flight staff can easily perform their duties.
11. They're Not Stewardesses Anymore
Those days are gone when flight attendants only used to serve food and beverages. Now, they do more than just babysit or wait for passengers. The flight attendants are trained enough to administer CRP, user AEDs, EpiPens, and defibrillators.
They are also trained to handle an unruly passenger, self-defense, and emergency evacuation, as well as attempted hijacking. One of their main responsibilities is to guard the cockpit so that no one enters it during the flight.
12. Why Flight Attendants Turn Off The Cabin Lights During Takeoff and Landing
No, the lights are not dimmed to create a more relaxing ambience for the passengers. There is a more serious reason behind dimming the cabin lights in commercial flights before take-off and landing. Here is a hint for you: It has a lot to do with airplanes being prone to problems and accidents during take-offs and landings.
The main reason behind doing is to allow the eyes to adjust to the lack of light if there is an emergency. In case of an accident or emergency that requires immediate evacuation, the lit signs become more visible.