16 Weird Things About Airplanes

Why do boarding and de-boarding take so long? Why does a plane need multiple engines if it can fly with just one? And is the “black” box really black? An airplane is a complex machine, ingeniously designed to the very last detail. Yet, some things about them still make no sense.

Did you know, for example, that you can open the plane bathroom from the outside? Or that pilots fall asleep, and it’s okay? Or that oxygen masks don’t last long? Yup, the safety instructions always tell you how to use them in case of a sudden loss in cabin pressure. But they don’t tell you the oxygen in that mask will only last 15 minutes! Let’s figure out!


Oxygen masks don’t last long 0:29

Planes can handle extreme temperatures, but it depends… 0:58

Planes don’t need two engines to fly 1:38

Pilots fall asleep, and it’s okay! 2:12

The way de-boarding is “organized” makes no sense 2:43

“Chaotic” boarding would work better than groups! 3:36

You can open the plane bathroom from the outside 4:20

Airplanes can trigger lightning 4:37

Black boxes aren’t even black 5:02

The dirtiest place on the plane isn’t the bathroom 5:26

Plane air is as dry as the Sahara Desert 6:01

Plane food isn’t that bad, but flight conditions make it tasteless 6:43

Pilots and co-pilots don’t usually eat the same food 7:05

Global warming makes turbulence worse 7:32

Dimming the cabin lights isn’t done to help you fall asleep 8:01

The plane environment makes you more emotional 8:31

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