Top 10 Myths of Flights
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# 1 PILOTS AND CO-PILOTS EAT DIFFERENT DISHES
Fact. Although this is not an official regulation, many airlines recommend that the pilot and co-pilot do not eat the same thing. This ensures that at least one of the two remains operational should the food not get it. Other airlines recommend their staff to eat at least at different times.
# 2 THE AIR CONDITIONER DISTRIBUTES Germ In The Cabin
Myth. Air conditioning systems in airplanes do hard work. Due to the extreme outdoor conditions, they not only have to regulate the temperature, but also the air pressure and humidity. The highly specialized air filters also collect bacteria, viruses and dust from the air and even read out odor particles from the clothes of smokers. Air filters used in aircraft are comparable to those used in hospitals.
# 3 THERE ARE NO 13TH ROW IN A PLANE
Fact. At least partially. In the aircraft of Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and many other airlines from cultures in which the number 13 is considered an unlucky number, the 13th row is actually dispensed with because many passengers are so reluctant to sit there. In other cultures, such as Brazil or Italy, there is no 17th row, for example, and there is no 4th row in China, because these numbers mean bad luck there.
# 4 PILOTS AVOID THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE
Myth. The Bermuda Triangle is located in the northern Caribbean. The sea area became famous due to the myth that a particularly large number of ships and planes simply “disappeared” under mysterious circumstances.
Today we know that there is no danger from the Bermuda Triangle. Pilots don't avoid this area and just fly over it.
# 5 FLIGHTS IN THE EAST ALLOW HIGHER SPEEDS
Fact. This phenomenon is caused by extremely strong high-altitude winds that rush around our planet at up to 200 to 500 km / h - also called jet stream.
The earth rotates from west to east and if an airplane is traveling in the same direction, it can use these winds. In contrast, the jet streams block those planes that are traveling in the opposite direction.
# 6 Tomato juice tastes better in the air
Fact. As early as 2010, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute found that the taste of tomato juice is perceived as stale when we drink it on the floor. However, high above the clouds it tastes sweet, fruity and much more like tomatoes. This is due to the lower air pressure in the aircraft, which in turn affects our sense of taste. However, the imitation effect can also play a role in making tomato juice, after water, the most popular drink on board.
Did you know that we serve 180,000 liters of tomato juice to our passengers every year?
# 7 FLIGHTS IN THE WEST CAUSE LESS JETLAG
Fact. When traveling east, our day is shortened, so we "lose" time. This means that our internal clock has to reset to adapt. The journey to the west is easier: here we “gain” time and our internal clock just has to tick a little more comfortably. How well we cope with a time difference of several hours also depends on what type of sleep we are: night owls are easier to travel to the west, early risers find traveling to the east more pleasant.
# 8 BODY LOSES 1.5 LITERS OF WATER DURING A 3 HOUR FLIGHT
Fact. As a rule of thumb, we can imagine that when we fly we lose about as much fluid as when jogging, just without sweating, simply through the skin and through breathing. The weather also affects our fluid loss. Just like on the floor, we lose more fluid on a hot, dry summer day than on a cool autumn day.
So: drink a lot of water - and don't be afraid of the toilet break, the movement is very important, especially on long-haul flights.
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# 9 A PLANE IS THE SAFEEST MEANS OF TRANSPORT.
Myth. It is true that an aircraft is at the top of the list of safe means of transportation. Only the elevator is safer. You won't get anywhere near that.
# 10 THE TOILETS ARE DISCHARGED IN THE AIR.
Myth. We have all heard of it, but there is nothing in this legend. All components that are washed down in the aircraft toilet are collected in a tank and only emptied on the ground.
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