Airplanes and airports are mysterious. Between the guys with the big headphones and the mysterious journey of luggage (where does that conveyor belt GO!?), there's much to be discovered about the inner-workings of the airline industry, at least for us passengers. Luckily, some airline workers came to reddit to spill all their secrets...

Flying Blind
1. Flying Blind

From redditor brahlicious: "When flying overseas there are generally no systems tracking the movement of your aircraft for several thousand miles i.e. how they go missing."

Miracle Flights
2. Miracle Flights

From redditor tagt8er: "People fake needing a wheel chair to gain boarding priority. 10 wheelchairs get on and olny 1 person needs it getting off. We call um miracle flights."

Missing Parts?!?!
3. Missing Parts?!?!

From redditor unimproved: "That there's a huge list of things that can be missing from the aircraft while still being allowed to fly."

Cats vs. Dogs
4. Cats vs. Dogs

From redditor Rabbitmix: "If you checked your Dog there's about a 30% chance it's terrified before it even gets on the plane, who knows how scared it gets during the actual flight...I've never seen a cat who was scared in the bag room, cats don't give a f*ck."

Locks Are Useless

TSA Luggage Lock

5. Locks Are Useless

From redditor nunswithknives: "Locks on zippered bags are useless. You can pop a zipper with a pen and drag the locked zipper pulls around the bag to close them back up. I've done this many times to identify bags that are tagless and locked."

Armrest Hack
6. Armrest Hack

From redditor Goat_Porker: "You know how all the other armrests can be raised except for the one next to the aisle? Turns out that one can be raised as well via a small button in a divot on the underside of the armrest. Useful if you want to spread out a bit more, though some flight attendants may tell you to put it back in place."

Two Pilots, Two Meals
7. Two Pilots, Two Meals

From redditor ichigo29: "2 pilots are served different meals and cannot share, this is done in case of food poisoning."

Board Checks
8. Board Checks

From redditor -aurelius: "If you check a skateboard by just slapping a sticker on it, it will get ridden or used as a dolly."

Total Shutdown
9. Total Shutdown

From redditor Ne0nN00dle: "Paramedic here. If you switch on your alarm lights on the ambulance while being on the inner field of the airport (because...well you just get there sometimes) they will totally shut down all incoming and outgoing flights until they know exactly what's going on. My Buddy learned this the hard way. Needless to say people got mad at him..."

Not A Secret...
10. Not A Secret...

From redditor -aurelius: "Not a secret, just common sense; the reason some bags miss their flight or get misrouted is because passengers don't remove old tags. It confuses handlers as well as the conveyor belt scanners. I see it happen all the time."

Hidden Bathroom Handle

Shane Becker via Flickr

11. Hidden Bathroom Handle

From redditor anony_meows: "There is a small latch hidden inside the lavatory sign on the bathroom door, which will open the door when pulled, even when it's locked. Airplane Peekaboo!"

About Those Headphones...
12. About Those Headphones...

From redditor ichigo29: "I used to work for warehouse that supplied a certain airline with items. The headsets that are given to you are not new, despite being wrapped up. They are taken off the flight, “cleaned”, and then packaged again."


From redditor Emzam: "When the drink cart is coming through, you can ask for a full can of pop instead of the tiny little cup filled with mostly ice."

Cheapest Times To Fly
14. Cheapest Times To Fly

From redditor Drama__Llama: "I work Revenue Management for an airline. On average, the cheapest time to BUY a ticket is Tuesday afternoon. The cheapest time to FLY is Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday. This applies to US flights in my experience."

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