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5 Shocking Facts About Air Travel

Updated: Oct 17, 2019

You'll never believe these shocking facts about air travel.

1. Many airlines have a rule that each pilot flying the aircraft eats a different meal, in order to minimise the risk of all pilots on board being ill

Imagine what would happen if all pilots on a given flight were to get 'food poisoning' at the same time? Sounds like an idea for a blockbuster right? To prevent a repeat of the movie 'Airplane (1980)', it is much safer for pilots on board to eat different meals.

This becomes very tricky when all pilots just happen to be vegetarians!

2. LZ 129 Hindenburg - the largest airship to ever to fly

In 1936, the airship Hindenburg provided entertainment in the form of a piano lounge, dining room, smoking room, and bar during the 2½ day flight between Europe and America.

3. Lots of planes carry dead bodies and organs

Life doesn't really give you the option of choosing your place of death. This results in some people dying far away from where they want to get buried. Because it is common for freight to get shipped on commercial flights, it is possible for dead bodies to be packed in discreet wood-framed boxes and transported.

4. Rolls Royce test aircraft engines by firing dead chickens from a cannon

Remember US Airways Flight 1549 Hudson river landing? If you do, then you'd know how dangerous a birdstrike is in aviation. When manufacturing aircraft engines, a bird strike test is carried out. A special 'chicken gun' fires (already dead) birds into running engines. The goal is for the blades to hold their form after the collision.

5. Prince Charles and Prince William aren’t allowed to fly together

You know how the saying goes..."Don't put all your eggs in one basket". At the Queen’s request, her son and grandson never catch the same flight. She doesn’t want both heirs to die if the plane crashes.

#Bonus fact: Flying is the second safest form of transport

Contrary to popular belief, air travel is the second safest form of transport - it’s safer to take an elevator.