But did you know there was a secret handrail below the overhead lockers? Or a hole in the window that could save your life?
Aeroplanes are meticulously designed to ensure the safety and comfort of their passengers, but we may not be making the most of their hidden features, The Sun reports.
According to Conde Nast Traveller, most aeroplanes built in the past fifteen years feature an integrated handrail just under the overhead lockers.
Just below the overhead lockers, you’ll find a handy extra hand rail.Source:istock
If you’ve ever seen a member of cabin crew running their hand along the overhead compartment, what you’ve actually witnessed is them steadying themselves on this “secret” handrail.
But the rail also offers passengers a nifty alternative to grabbing hold of the headrests of fellow passengers, annoying them in the process.
There’s also a “secret” button that few air passengers know about, which allows you to lift the armrest on the aisle.
Underneath the armrest, you’ll find it close to the hinge. Once pressed, the armrest can move upwards so that it’s flush with the back of your seat, giving you more room — a premium in times of shrinking seat sizes.
Want some more space to sleep comfortably? Find the hidden button underneath the arm rest. Source: istock
Originally designed as a safety measure to let travellers escape quicker in an emergency, it is also used by crew to help passengers with disabilities to get in and out of their seats.
Ever noticed the tiny yellow hooks built onto the planes’ wings? Probably not.
They are used to tie a rope to the aircraft door and the inflatable slide so passengers can hold onto it as they leave during an emergency exit.
Another potential life saver is the minuscule holes in the window.
They reduce the pressure on the middle window pane, so that the outer pane takes the force of the cabin pressure.
A hole in a window seems like a problem, but on a plane it’s vital.Source:istock
Another aeroplane secret? Take your own water.
“The water lines haven’t ever been cleaned — ever,” former flight attendant Heather Wilde said on Quora.
“Flight attendants will not drink hot water on the plane. They will not drink plain coffee, and they will not drink plain tea.”
The US Environmental Protection Agency has found one in every eight planes failed the agency’s standards for water safety and 15 per cent of tested aircraft water systems contained potentially harmful bacteria.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.