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6 in-flight myths, busted! Now go do what you want during your flight!


Why do you always get sick on a flight? Why do we “brace?” Why do flight attendants talk like that?

 

From the moment you enter an aircraft you are pummeled with instructions: turn your phone off, put your window blind up, put your seat upright, eat this slop.

How often do you stop to question why?

Airlines aren’t trying to make travel painful. There’s a good reason for nearly every in-flight burden.

 

Seven of Nine

She, and flight attendants, know how to make you listen.

1. Why flight attendants talk like cyborgs

Myth: Flight attendants are bossy robots.

Fact: Flight attendants need you to listen and cooperate.

Does your flight attendant remind you of “Seven of Nine” from “Star Trek — Voyager”? Flight attendants often take on the hot Borg’s direct and robotic demeanor to make passengers listen.

They “will go ahead and put your seat in the up-right position” and they’re going to “need you to take your seat.”

A recently published article at Forbes, written by staffer Jeff Bercovici, took an inquisitive look at the assertive vocabulary used by flight attendants.

The article found that the extraneous words like “will go ahead” are linguistic techniques to catch the passenger’s attention early in a sentence so the request doesn’t have to be repeated, which is especially handy in an emergency.


seats upright

“I’ll just make do for the last 30 minutes.”

2. Why we open window blinds and put seats upright

Myth: We do this to “reset” the plane for the next round of passengers.

Fact: It’s a subtle safety feature. Pulling up the blinds makes us alert to potential hazards.

Elin Wong, corporate communications manager for Cathay Pacific, explains, “We ask all passengers to pull up the window shelf before landing, so that any abnormalities outside the aircraft can be duly observed by the cabin crew or passengers and be reported to the cockpit crew if necessary.”

As for that stiff 90-degree seated incline, it’s all about reducing impact. A former Air Canada flight attendant tells us that shifting those few centimeters forward reduces the distance from your head to the seat in front of you.

It also makes it easier for the passenger behind to evacuate.

 

air sick

That arm rest is dirtier than what’s going through that mask.

3. Why we get sick from planes

Myth: Re-circulated air in a plane makes us sick.

Fact: Re-circulated air is actually very sanitary; we get sick from what we touch.

According to Boeing, cabin air is constantly being replaced by pressurized fresh air from outside. That air also passes through filters that remove 99.97 percent of any airborne pathogens like bacteria and viruses.

But frequently used surfaces like tray tables, pillows, seat arms, seats, toilets and sinks are less sanitary, often contacted by hundreds of passengers in a single day.

Popular science and technology blog iO9 consulted microbiology experts who explained that one toilet per 50 passengers is a far more likely reason you’ll fall ill than the air.

The answer — don’t bother with the facial mask, opt for disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer instead.


airplane food

Silence makes the taste grow fonder.

4. Why airline food tastes bad

Myth: Airline food is disgusting because it’s cheap and pre-processed.

Fact: Airline food actually tastes OK; it’s the noise from the engine that distracts us.

It’s hard to comprehend at first, but the University of Manchester research article, “Effect of background noise on food perception” published by the BBC, reported that if background noise is too loud, it might draw attention away from the taste of food and towards the noise.

In the article, researcher Andy Woods fed various foods to people while they were listening to nothing or noise through headphones. He found that noisy conditions caused the subjects’ perception of saltiness and sweetness to lower, and their perception of crunchiness to increase.

So the loud and constant noise from an aircraft’s engines could have the same effect, he explains.

 

brace position

A proven position for injury minimization.

5. Why we brace during an emergency

Myth: We brace to make us feel like we have a chance of surviving; we brace to ensure we are still and calm during an emergency; we brace to preserve our dental records so coroners can identify us after a crash.

Fact: The Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority clarifies, “It has been proven that passengers who assume the brace position sustain substantially less serious injuries than other passengers.”

Furthermore, the Federal Aviation Administration regulatory guideline says bracing is meant to reduce secondary impact, by positioning the body (particularly the head) against the surface it would strike during impact.

The other reason to brace is to reduce flailing around. And we all know that flailing — in any situation — will get you hurt.

texting on a plane

“Words With Friends” can get you, and your airline, into trouble.

6. Why we turn off cell phones

Myth: Cell phone signals interefere with aircraft electronics.

Fact: Airlines are adhering to aviation guidelines that restrict the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs), even though evidence that they interfere with aircraft systems is lacking.

Airlines aren’t actually 100 percent sure that phones will interfere with aircraft systems. After all, a recent study claimed nearly 6.5 million people in 12 months left their phones on while they flew in and out of the United Kingdom without any problems.

But most aviation authorities, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), prohibit the use of cell phones and other PEDs unless it can be proved they definitely do not interfere.

To get approval to use a mobile, the airline would have to test every single model of phone with every single model of aircraft to make sure it doesn’t interfere with both the plane and ground networks — which would be just a little too time consuming and expensive.

It’s far easier just to ask people to turn their phones off.

 

So now that you know it all, how will your flying attitude changes?

 

xoxo

 

Article courtesy of BBC.

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2010 in review – musxzart.wordpress.com under scrutiny!


This is funny and fun at the same time. I didnt know WordPress gives its users such reports yearly. Another brownie point for changing to wordpress from blogspot. And i only manage to switch in late June 2010.

 

I m not sure if the report is relevant or fun or accurate, but whatever it is, i am definately will be blogging more this year!

 

xoxo

 

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 40 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 227 posts. There were 54 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 14mb. That’s about a picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 16th with 154 views. The most popular post that day was Train is coming?!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, musxzart.blogspot.com, networkedblogs.com, and healthfitnesstherapy.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for dementia, merah pawana, pulau sarang, ryan reynolds, and musxzart.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Train is coming?! September 2010

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About Musxzart August 2009

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12 Movies to look forward for in 2010.. September 2010

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How much do you know about Dementia? September 2010

 

 

 

 

Funny right? Told you so.