The sleek Boeing dreamliner is nothing short of a technology miracle looking back at the time of Wright brothers or more accurately Brazilion inventor Alberto Santos. Since then planes have changed a lot, those first wood and cloth planes are an entirely different species. With the continual advancements in aerospace our lives have become easier by the minute but we have all had those questions about the food and the safest seat etc when it comes to airplanes that never quite got the answer we were looking for. Let’s explore those questions and get some information to flaunt at a party or get together:
- There is no safest seat on the flight
According to the Federal aviation administration(FAA) there is no safest seat in a plane when it comes to plane crashes although a study in TIME shows that the middle seats at the back of the plane had the lowest fatality rate. The seats in the back third of the 32% fatality rate compares to the 39% in the middle third and 38% in the front third. Due to the many variables at play it’s impossible to know where to sit and survive a crash and to surprise you plane crashes are very extremely rare.
- Why does the airplane food taste so bad
Airplane food has earned itself a bad reputation over the years but it’s not entirely the food to blame here. According to a study by Cornell University in 2015, the environment of an aeroplane actually alters the sweets and the salts inside your food. The dry recycled air and the low humidity makes its 30% more difficult to detect sweet and salty tastes. So it’s not the food, it’s the plane.
- Cabin crew Dimming lights when landing
During night time when the plane is landing the cabin crew dims the lights , why ? In the unfortunate event if the plane landing doesn’t go as planned, the passenger would have adjusted to the darkness outside and incase of emergency evacuation they can make better decisions quickly rather than wasting time on adjusting to the darkness outside.
- Only one engine is needed to fly
The thought of an engine blowing up mid air is frightening but every commercial aeroplane can fly easily with just one engine. Operating on just one engine will reduce the range and the fuel consumption would be less efficient but you will reach your destination. Planes that need to fly over oceans or uninhabited areas like the Arctic need to get an approval from the FAA for Extended- range twin operations (ETOPS) basically meaning how long can it fly.
- What are the tiny holes in our windows
Most plane windows are made up of 3 panels of acrylic panes. The first pane is usually to maintain the cabin pressure and keep elements out. In the unlikely event of the exterior panes breaking, the second one acts as a fail safe option. The tiny hole is to regulate the air pressure in the cabin and to keep the middle pane uncompromised till the call of duty.
- Airplanes are designed to take lighting strikes
As a child and even as an adult we all had this question about what if there is lighting. To our surprise planes are designed to withstand lighting strikes and are hit quite often. Approximately once per 1000 hours of flight, fortunately the careful engineering helps the lighting pass right through the plane without causing any damage and there have been no lightning crashes since 1963.
We hope some of your burning childhood questions have been answered today and you will feel a lot relaxed on your next flight.