Heading to the airport en route to some faraway destination? We’ve rounded up some unusual facts about flying that you should find interesting…
Food tastes different in the air
Passengers are more dehydrated on a plane. The atmosphere dries out the mouth, nose and also affects taste buds, meaning that food often tastes very bland when on board.
The cheapest flights are on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
The majority of passengers prefer not to fly on these days as 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 can probably guess.
Most airlines don’t have an aisle numbered 13
Some airlines don’t include an aisle 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 fleets follow suit, including the likes of AirFrance, Lufthansa and Alaska Airlines.
At the altitude of commercial flights water boils at 90 degrees
Water at ground level boils at 100 degrees Centigrade. The reduced cabin pressure on board the plane interferes with the boiling process, making the water boil at around 90 degrees Centigrade when in the air. This is why it’s tricky to get a good tasting coffee when you are thousands of feet in the air!
Planes fly over the Bermuda triangle every single day
It’s not a common misconception that planes are banned from flying over the Bermuda Triangle. This is one of the biggest myths regarding aviation ever to have started. Many routes for airlines fly over this area, including most frequently the route from Florida to Bermuda.
You can’t open the door of a plane while it’s in the air
Many nervous passengers have a fear that the plane doors can actually open once the plane reaches altitude. We’re pleased to assure you that this isn’t possible. Commercially flight doors only open inwards, making it impossible to open them mid-flight due to the cabin and outside air pressure variance.