Keep. Your. Shoes. On.
This is the resolute advice of a flight attendant revealing the insider secrets of what goes on at 35,000 feet.
“Keep your shoes on. The floor is so filthy it’s ridiculous,” the anonymous cabin crew member wrote on a Reddit thread when asked what it is passengers don’t know about air travel.
The question sparked a torrent of comments from past and present airline staff on the aspects of flying that are best kept quiet.
“There are sometimes body parts in the storage area near your luggage,” claimed one user. “When they are flying transplants for hospitals. Also your pets are in the same area.”
Another user, who claimed to be a member of the ground crew, added: “We send full bodies on planes a lot. Some in caskets, some not.”
A less macabre revelation came from another user, confirmed by a few others, that if you annoy the cabin crew, one of them is likely to break wind in your vicinity. “The farting thing is true,” apparently.
Keeping things crude, one former cabin crew member revealed that the staff know if two people slip off to the bathroom to join the Mile High Club, adding: “We can also open the doors, easily, from the outside.”
There was also some practical advice issued by participants in the discussion, with the top rated comment urging passengers to “count the seat backs to the closest exit” as there was a “good chance you won’t be able to see in some… accidents”. This tip is sometimes given by cabin crew during the pre-flight safety briefing.