If there’s anything we love at Leading Edge, it’s sharing fun aviation facts with the world. Here are a few of our favorites:
- You lose out on a third of your taste buds during flights.
Yep. About a third of your taste buds are numbed at altitude, which probably explains why you’re never fully satisfied with your $8 snack box.
- It’s impossible to lock yourself in the bathroom
That switch on the bathroom door that flight attendants flip before takeoff and landing? That’s an outside lock that prevents the door from flying open. It also means the door can be opened at any time from the outside if they want to bust you smoking.
- Airplanes are as dry the Sahara
If you feel dried out when you fly, that’s because the pressurized air in the cabin is kept below 20% humidity -- just about the average humidity of the Sahara.
- You lose 8 ounces of water from your body for every hour you fly
That dry air saps the water from your body, to the tune of about 8 ounces an hour. Which, if you do the math, is roughly a two-liter bottle during a 10-hour long-haul flight. Stay hydrated, friends.
- Dimming the lights for takeoff and landing could help you in an emergency
That’s because the dim lighting helps your eyes adjust to darkness. So should the lights go off you won’t be running around blind in sheer chaos.