Funny thing about airline myths – they’ve been around so long, many people even believe in some of them. Here are some of the more popular amongst them. If you’ve believed them too, don’t worry, you’re not the only one.
Myth #1 – Passengers can get sucked out through a hole in the aircraft fuselage.
You see this so often in movies – one hole in the airplane and everyone gets sucked out through it. The truth is, you could be in danger only if you are right at the opening itself, otherwise you are quite safe.
Myth #2 – Airplane doors can be opened in flight, endangering everyone on board.
The fact is airplane cabins are pressurized and it is almost impossible to open the doors when the plane is cruising at a high altitude.
Myth #3 – It’s easier to get drunk at higher altitudes.
They say that booze hits you faster up in the air than at ground level. However, tests have shown that alcohol levels do not increase with the altitude. All that happens is that you tend to get dehydrated faster so the hangover is worse.
Myth #4 – The air inside a plane spreads diseases faster.
People feel the air inside a plane is highly polluted and any infectious disease can spread quickly. This isn’t true as planes have special filters that filter out bacteria. Moreover, the air inside the plane is changed every couple of minutes and every time it is re-circulated, the air passes through these special filters.
Myth #5 – Wearing a seat belt can actually be a risk to your survival if the plane crashes.
Just as in a car crash, a seat belt may not offer 100% in case of a crash but it definitely improves the odds of survival by holding you back in your seat. Without a seat belt, you could be thrown off the seat and hit the bulkhead or another hard object, reducing your chances of survival.
Most airline myths are just that – myths and it’s time to debunk them and travel the world.