Fun Fact Friday: Air Travel

Summer, summer, summer time – summer time! Right, enough of the Fresh Prince tunes and let’s get on the plane to our next destination. Whether you don’t mind flying or you can’t get over the (completely rational) fear of being 38,000 feet in the air, we’ve got some fun facts to get you through your next flight. ✈️

Going down

If you’re like me, then you will understand that I’m not afraid of flying… I’m afraid of the prospect of suddenly not flying anymore. It could happen! Actually, it probably won’t, as this little nugget would suggest. Studies show that the risk of being killed in a plane crash is 1 in 11 million. That is relatively small, I guess…


Even if the above fact doesn’t settle your nerves *shaking*, then it’s best to take in all the safety measures. Stay safe and sit at the back of the plane – we repeat, the back of the plane. Recent research has revealed that passengers who sit near the tail are 40% more likely to survive in the event of a crash.


With age comes wisdom, so we imagine the oldest airline in the world knows a thing or two about flying. KLM was established in 1919 closely followed by Qantas.


How smooth has air travel become since the introduction of online check-in? But did you know it was actually introduced way back in 1999 by Alaska Airlines? On the ball.


Pilots and co-pilots are not allowed to eat the same meal. Dietary requirements, you’re thinking? Nope, POISON. A pilot for Chinese Eastern Airlines once told CNN that different meals are eaten “just in case one of the meals might cause food poisoning.” To make matters worse, the pilot gets the first class option.


Since I can remember, the thought of plane food makes me sick. There’s a reason for that after all. Food tastes really bad on a plane due to the environment affecting how food and drink tastes. No information on the plane food smell – that must just be bad luck.

Saving Money 

Sticking with food, turns out olives can be pretty pricy. In 1987 American Airlines saved $40,000 simply by removing one olive, just one, from salads they served in first class. Kaching.


Going back to the prospect of a plane crash you might be worried about being hit by lightning causing some malfunctions. Apparently planes of today don’t need to worry about such weather. The last plane to crash because of lightning was way back in 1963… I would still carry some level of caution.


The white trails a plane leaves behind in the sky can determine the weather. Made from water vapour, a thin short tail indicates low humidity in the air, meaning better weather. A thicker long tail trail signifies a storm could be on the way. Then you have people who think the trails are chemical trails dumped to induce mind control…

Ground Control 

One of the deadliest plane crashes didn’t even happen in the air – seriously, what hope do we have? In 1977 two fully loaded planes, carrying around 600 passengers, were involved in a head on collision killing over 500 people. The incident is now known as the Tenerife Accident after the island where the accident happened.


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