Air travel is a wonder of the modern age, but how much do you really understand about it? Patrick Smith’s new book, Cockpit Confidential, can provide you with the answers to some of the most common questions.
Here are some facts from the book that all flyers should know:
- Turbulence is nothing to worry about. A plane cannot be flipped or dropped from the sky by these air pockets. Turbulence may be uncomfortable, but it should not be scary.
- Even if all of the engines fail the plane can still glide to a landing. The momentum of the plane and the air pressure that keeps it in the sky will not stop if the engines fail.
- Nothing happens when an airplane is hit by lightning because the aluminium casing simply discharges the electricity.
- The toilets of a plane are not emptied until after landing.
- It is not possible to open emergency doors during flight because the cabin pressure will not allow this to occur.