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