From the temperature in which hot water boils throughout flight time, to why food tastes different a mile up in the sky, here are some things about flying you didn’t know…
- Food tastes different in the air
Yes, food does taste different when you’re flying. Passengers are more dehydrated on a plane than when they’re firmly on the ground. The atmosphere dries out our mouth and nose and also affects our taste buds, meaning that we often find food very bland when on board.
- The cheapest flights are on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Saturday’s
The majority of passengers prefer not to fly on these days because it doesn’t usually work well with having days off work, so most airlines reduce their ticket prices to fill these empty seats. Friday is the most expensive day of the week to fly, as you may have already guessed.
- Most airlines don’t have an aisle/seat 13
Some airlines don’t include an aisle number 13 due to superstitious passengers, who may already be scared of flying. This was first introduced by Reno Air, which was bought in 1999 by American Airlines. Now many other airlines and fleet follow suit, including the likes of AirFrance, Lufthansa and Alaska Airlines. (This applies to elevator and hotel/high rise levels as well, where there may not be a 13th floor)
- At the altitude of commercial flights, water boils at 90 degrees Celsius
Ever wondered why it is difficult to get a good-tasting cup of coffee when you are thousands of feet in the air? At land level, water boils at 100 degrees Celsius. The reduced cabin pressure on board the plane interferes with the boiling process, reducing the boiling point to around 90 degrees Celsius.
- Planes fly over the Bermuda Triangle every day
It’s a common misconception that planes are banned from flying over the dreaded and mysterious Bermuda Triangle. This is one of the biggest myths ever to have started on the Internet regarding aviation and many airlines fly over this route, the most frequent being the route from Florida to Bermuda.
- You can’t open the door of a plane while it’s in the air
Many nervous passengers who fear that plane doors can actually open at 35 000 feet will be relieved to know that this isn’t possible! Commercial flight doors only open inwards, making it impossible to open them during mid-flight due to the cabin and air pressure outside.
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