[dropcap]P[/dropcap]lanes changed the way that people travel. Before the advent of the airliner, getting across the ocean involved catching ships and waiting around. With airplanes people could make it from Karachi to London in less than a day.
Following are some Strange Facts About Planes And Flying You Might Not Be Aware Of!
- Freelandia was a not-for-profit airline that started in 1973. It offered waterbeds and other quirks, but went broke in 1974.
- In 1994 an Aeroflot (Russian national airline) captain let his son sit at the controls during a flight. The boy turned off autopilot and the plane crashed killing 75 people.
- There is actually a guide for freefalling out of an airplane without a parachute.
- In 1955 when Jack Graham blew up a plane to kill his mother he was only charged with one count of murder even though 44 people died. This is because blowing up airplanes was not yet a federal crime.
- Your chance of dying in a car crash is 1 in 5,000. Your chance of dying in a plane crash is 1 in 11 million.
- Flight attendants on United Airlines were not allowed to marry until 1968.
- Even if a plane does crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board an average of 76% of passengers survive (even among the worst crashes).
- Singapore Airlines has a corpse cupboard for people who die during flights.
- Lufthansa researchers found that tomato juice is more popular on airplanes than it is in airports because changes in cabin pressure affect the way we perceive things…including tastes.
- American Airlines claims to have saved $40,000 per year by removing one olive from each salad that they serve.
- In 2001, Rowan Atkinson, better known as Mr Bean, was flying in a small plane with his family over Kenya when the pilot passed out. Rowan took the controls and proceeded to slap the pilot several times after which he woke back up and safely landed the plane.