So you’ve traveled a lot and consider yourself an expert flyer? That may be, but there are still some people who likely know more than you — mostly because they’re paid to do so!
Although some people still think of flight attendants as drink-slinging stewardesses, they actually do so much more and know a whole lot about the ins and outs of air travel. Most will be more than happy to answer any questions you have, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to voluntarily give advice or confess some of the unfortunate parts of the job.
For instance, did you know that many pillows and blankets aren’t washed in between flights? They’re simply folded up and stuffed back into the overhead bins. So when you nap with a pillow or blanket, you nap with everyone that pillow or blanket has ever napped with.
To make everyone’s lives easier, we’ve collected 13 flying-related things you should feel lucky to know about. Or, alternatively, your next flight attendants will feel lucky that you learned the following facts before boarding their flight — and also they didn’t have to tell you these things themselves.