As passengers, you blindly place a huge amount of trust in your airline crew to ensure that you're safely hurdled through the air about 10, metres. So it's a little surprising that there is still so much about the world of commercial aviation that's shrouded in mystery.
To answer all those burning questions we had about flying and the people who ensure we do it safely, we turned to Annette Long, a flight attendant with 13 years of experience. Do flight attendants eat the aeroplane food? You can just picture the vultures when there's a first class meal available.
We get what's left over of the fresh food after the passengers have been fed. What's the most desirable flight for a flight attendant to work?
We have a saying: They want nothing to do with flying international. And then there are people who only want to fly international.
How do those long-haul trips affect you? You're pretty beat up by the Dark guy fastened up hand ate you get home.
You really are so tired, you can't even type on Facebook, 'I'm home now. You definitely won't answer the door. Can you sleep during long-haul flights? We do the beverage service, the meal service, we pick up, do the dessert service, we pick up again, and then we start taking breaks. Half of the crew heads to the crew rest bunks for four hours while the other half stay up.
The bunks, which are up a very small spiral staircase in the tail of the plane, are small.
You can't sit up in them. They're like a coffin almost. The opening is on the side and there's a curtain. And they give you a chance to sleep or listen to music or just relax -- whatever you want to do. There are some unspoken rules up there.
Like you don't go down there and start chatting. We keep it quiet. Is it difficult to sleep during that four-hour time span? One of our new hires recently slept through three wake up calls so, apparently for her, no.
For me, I only slept a couple of hours and then I got up and it got really bumpy. What happens if you hit turbulence when you're up there? We have seat belts.
They come across the width of the bed. What happens when someone gets really sick or dies mid-flight? They will never 'die' on the flight -- we don't pronounce them. Dark guy fastened up hand ate somebody gets really sick, we have a connection to a company called MedLink.
We communicate what's going on with our pilot and we talk to a doctor on the ground with MedLink, who will advise us on what to do. We have an automated external defibrillator, which would check the heart rate and things like that, and we're able to convey this information to a doctor on the ground, and the doctor makes the decision whether to divert the plane or to continue on.
The most common medical situations involve diabetics who haven't had anything to eat or drink. Do you keep the passenger in their seat if they die? Thankfully I've never been in that situation, and I don't know anyone who has been in that situation. I would probably put a blanket over the person so it would become less of something to look at.
Dark guy fastened up hand ate want to maintain dignity and respect for someone who passed away. You don't want anyone staring at them. That would be really sad.
Are there any signals you use to communicate with crew members to be more subtle? There are couple of situations where we have not signals but words that we use to convey what we need to convey, and I can't share them with you. As far as signals go, what limited things we do, they're security related and I can't talk about them. When a seat belt sign is on but it's smooth, some people don't listen.
Dark guy fastened up hand ate want to go to the bathroom - they don't want to be rude and ugly - but they want to go to the bathroom, so they get up to go to the bathroom. Well, I'm not going to physically force you to stop. I'm not going to tell you 'No, you can't go to the bathroom.
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And then they usually say, 'Well, I just have to pee. What are some things a passenger would have to do to get kicked off a plane, restrained, or to have the plane diverted? If you were to come on the plane drunk - if the agent missed it and we noticed it before we left - you'd be escorted off the plane.
If you got physical, depending on what the act was, how it happened, and who it happened to, that might divert the plane. But I don't make those decisions. I convey the information to the cockpit and the chief flight attendant, and they make the decision about whether or not we're going to land and get someone off the plane.
If you were belligerent with us before we took off, you wouldn't go. What is the strangest thing you've ever experienced on the job?
My flying has been so generic, if you will. I've seen a guy fall - he passed out - and his face was what broke the fall against the wall of the aeroplane. He did not even put his arms out. But that's not even that strange. I haven't seen this, but I did have flight attendants tell me about blood dripping from the overhead because someone was bringing in a goat's head from a Caribbean island.
That was before TSA and all their security procedures were put in place, of course. For me, the strangest stuff is just gross human behaviour. What would be some pet peeves you have of things passengers do? We've seen people clipping toe nails. It's very gross and you can't make them stop. And it's not an infrequent thing, believe it or not. We have people take their shoes off and put their feet on the bulkhead, the wall between first class. Their feet are up there or their feet are on either arm rest of the seat in front of them.
Feet in general just aren't nice to have for other people's viewing pleasure. Dark guy fastened up hand ate come back in the very small galley area and they do what we call 'galley yoga. And we get it. But it's just one of those things that bothers flight attendants, when you get into our little space. I've seen people watching porn on the plane. One guy had the whole row to himself and you had to be standing up and walking behind him to see that he was watching porn.
I was like, 'Really? But there was one guy I could see was watching porn on his phone, and because it was nighttime, you could see the reflection on the window.
I did point that out to him because I didn't think everybody needed to see that. Some people will go to the local liquor store and bring their mini bottles of booze on the plane.