A storm can crash a plane, the phone affects navigation: 9 most common myths about air travel




Photo: EPA / ANTONIO DASIPARU

Photo: EPA / ANTONIO DASIPARU

When a plane has to take off or land, you receive an ad to turn off your cell phones. Many people believe that this is because mobile phones can affect navigation systems.

While flying is a way of traveling that millions of people use every day, there are still many mysteries revolving around how exactly air travel works and what you can take on the road, for example. Whether you’ve flown often or infrequently, you’ve probably heard a number of flight myths.

Here are the 9 most common air travel myths that people still believe in, so you know exactly what is real and what is just a myth!

Myth 1: Pilots avoid the Bermuda Triangle

Fact: The Bermuda Triangle is located in the northern Caribbean. The area has gained a negative reputation due to the myth that a particularly large number of ships and planes disappeared there under mysterious circumstances. Today we know that the Bermuda Triangle poses no special danger. Pilots do not avoid the area and fly normally.

Myth 2: Being born on a plane gives you a lifetime of free air travel

Fact: When a premature baby on a flight from Saudi Arabia to India in 2017 received unlimited free flights for life, many people assumed that they were given for every baby born on a plane, and in fact it is very rare. Since then, several airlines have said they will not give free lifetime flights to air-born babies. Because many airlines restrict air travel after the 36th week of pregnancy anyway, the chances of this happening are quite rare.

Myth 3: Airplanes fly mostly on autopilot

Fact: It is a common belief that in addition to takeoff and landing, aircraft are mostly piloted on autopilot. However, this is not the case. The autopilot serves as an advanced GPS, which provides direction and positioning information, but is not able to control the aircraft independently. Instead, autopilot helps pilots avoid the fatigue they would be exposed to when they need to be constantly aware of their trajectory and all the information available. Pilots go through years of training to be qualified to fly a commercial airplane, so they are in charge of your flight when you sit in the cockpit, and autopilot only helps!

Myth 4: Mobile phones affect navigation systems

Fact: When an airplane needs to take off or land, you receive an ad to turn off your cell phones. Many people believe that this is because cell phones can affect navigation or other aircraft systems, but this is not true.

When you receive an ad to get rid of your electronic devices, other important information arrives. Aircraft personnel want passengers to pay attention to this information. In case something doesn’t go as planned during takeoff or landing, they want people to be alert and know exactly what to do.

Now that you know the truth behind this myth, that doesn’t mean you should stop using your electronic devices when the airline staff tells you to postpone it. We know these informational videos may sound a little boring, but it’s important to pay attention. However, safety comes first.

Myth 5: Pilots and co-pilots eat different foods

Fact: While this is not an official standard, many airlines recommend that pilots and co-pilots do not eat the same meals. This is to make sure that at least one of them is still able to fly if a certain dish sits incorrectly in the stomach. Other airlines recommend that their pilots eat at least at different times.

Myth 6: An airplane’s toilet empties waste in the middle of summer

Fact: Contrary to many people’s beliefs, aircraft toilets are not designed to be simply airborne at the push of a button. In fact, the waste travels through pipes to be stored in a container located in the back of the plane, which can only be accessed from the outside of the plane. So make sure that it is completely impossible to empty the waste from the landfill during the summer.

Myth 7: Storms and lightning can crash a plane

Fact: For people who are nervous about flying, storms and lightning can be extremely frightening. Many people mistakenly believe that lightning can cause flight instability and even crashes. In fact, lightning strikes on a plane are very common. Aircraft are designed for this phenomenon to protect passengers. Lightning will not crash the plane.

Myth 8: Pilots have emergency parachutes

Fact: Despite what some people think, pilots don’t actually carry an emergency parachute, and even if they did, they wouldn’t be able to walk in the middle of summer! The first responsibility of the pilot is to take care of his passengers and crew, so in case of emergency you can be sure that your highly trained pilot will be there to guide you through all the problems, instead of giving up the flight with his parachute. ! Otherwise, he can’t open the door of the plane and jump (except maybe in the movie).

Myth 9: Losing an engine will cause a plane to crash

Fact: No one would blame you for being afraid of the worst, if one of your plane’s engines broke down in mid-flight, and in fact many people think that this scenario would cause the plane to crash. In fact, even if the plane lost function in both engines, it could still glide a considerable distance to be able to make a forced landing.

Pilots are trained to deal with engine failures even during takeoff and can safely operate a single engine aircraft.



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