Top 10 small details present in an airplane that you hadn’t noticed

As an old fighter, with hundreds of flight hours on the clock, you thought you knew everything about airliners. Unless you’ve overlooked these small, yet clearly visible details, too busy pretending to be passionate about the articles in the airline’s magazines.

1. The black triangle in the middle of the cabin

This small detail generally goes completely unnoticed. It is right on the walls of the cabin at wing level and allows the crew, in the event of damage, to know precisely where the seat with the best view of the wings is located. This seat is also called the William Shatner Seat in homage to an episode of the Fifth Dimension series, where the character named Shatner sees a creature in full flight watching him through the porthole.

2. The holes in the camera window

We do not necessarily expect to see small holes in the window of an airplane. And yet, they are everywhere. Don’t panic, they don’t mean us any harm, quite the contrary. These “bleed holes” as they are called at home in America, are used to regulate the pressure of the cabin, a bit like the whistle on a pressure cooker… minus the noise.

3. The latch to open the toilet doors from the outside

It’s crazy what the passengers do as crap when they think they’re out of sight. To avoid mayhem, an airliner’s lavatory doors can be unlocked from the outside. A latch often hidden under the label of the toilets allows the on-board staff to intervene quickly.

4. Planes have a green light on the right wing and a red light on the left

It happens that the planes pass each other at a good distance during the flight. These lights allow pilots at night or when visibility is poor to spot the other plane, and especially to know in which direction it is moving.

5. The handrail for standing in airplane aisles

Rather than grabbing hold of the headrests to keep your balance, pulling out a few clumps of hair from the passengers seated on the aisle side, be aware that there is a handrail in the luggage compartments in the form of a continuous groove, which allows you to move easily without playing the balancing act.

6. There are always ashtrays on planes.

They are always found in airplane toilets. While smoking has been banned on board for a good twenty years, some passengers can’t help but smoke one during the flight. The ashtrays are there to prevent them from crushing their cigarettes anywhere and thus causing a fire.

7. Seat rows 13 and 7 are sometimes missing

Some companies have succumbed to the superstition that the number 13 is unlucky. Ditto for the 7 which would not really be popular on the side of Brazil and Italy.

8. No porthole has an angle

The rounded shape of the portholes is not an aesthetic coquetry, but a matter of safety. Indeed, the corners are the most fragile places in a window/porthole, and given the pressure to bear, the engineers decided not to fuss and to favor rounded shapes.

9. There is always a handle to hold onto next to the emergency exit door

It looks like an ordinary handful like the one you might find in the metro. If all goes well, it should remain a simple decorative element, but in the event of an emergency evacuation of the aircraft, it allows the cabin crew to hold on during the scramble and thus avoid being thrown into panic outside the plane.

10. Positioning your hands in the safe position in the event of a crash can save your life

Yes, finally, with a bit of luck anyway. The brochure on safety instructions (you know the one you never look at) tells us to lean forward with your hands on top of each other on the back of your head. In the event of a fall of an object, your hand would thus protect your head. It is also advisable to put your less skilled hand on top, to protect the other. Don’t cross your fingers (even if it brings luck), because it’s the best way to break all 10s at once! Another method is to let your arms hang down along your legs and pass your hands behind your knees.

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