Never Walk Under the Wings of Plane, Here’s Why
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Never Walk Under the Wings of Plane, Here’s Why

February 11, 2020


There’s so much going on in airports and
on board the planes that you don’t need to bother learning it all. But there are things you do want to know — yet
no one will tell you about them. Here are some of those secrets. 1. Most airports have this big folding corridor
that you walk from the building to the aircraft, but some still have buses in their service. And even though the distance is not that big,
you have to cram into them instead of walking. That’s simply because ground crew don’t
want you to wander around the airfield. You can distract the workers, or worse, get
in big trouble when a nearby engine starts. Speaking of which… 2. If you get off the bus and step away too much,
the ground crew might ask you not to walk under the airplane wings. There are two reasons for that: first, the
wings of a passenger plane are quite close to the ground, and you can hit your head on
them if you’re inattentive; and second, again, if an engine starts and you’re close
by, you just might be wooshed into the turbine. Trust me, after that, you’d have peace of
mind. Also, piece of arm, piece of leg—you get
the picture. 3. Some safety rules that don’t make sense
to you leave the crew none the wiser. For example, many pilots don’t get the idea
behind allowing flight attendants to walk around the aircraft at the cruising altitude. The airplane is hurtling forward at the speed
of hundreds of miles per hour — how in the world is that safe? At the same time, when the plane is only about
to take off and moving at a snail’s pace, they have to be strapped in their seats for
some reason. 4. If you were ever worried about how the pilots
find their way in the dark when landing at night, you can rest easy now. There’s an incredibly complex illumination
system on the ground that helps the crew navigate the airplane, and it’s not just the red
and white lights along the runway. The lights actually start popping up long
before the runway so that the pilots could easily find their way, and different patterns
mean different things, which your captain and co-pilot know by heart. 5. The hardest and most dangerous part of any
flight is landing. So much so, in fact, that all commercial planes
will tell the pilots to decide whether it’s okay to land. And the airplane literally says it out loud! It’s called a ‘decision altitude’ — a
point of no return when the crew has to make a choice: either to land the aircraft or to
go up and make another circle around the airport. Any lower, and there would be no going back. 6. Let’s admit: even when the “Fasten your
seatbelts” sign is on, many of us pretty much ignore it during the flight. Most of the time, although you still do it
at your own risk, that doesn’t have any consequences. But you’d better pay attention and buckle
up when the captain tells the flight attendants to take their seats — it means the plane
is about to hit some really nasty turbulence. 7. There’s a reason you won’t ever see an
elderly person or a child in the emergency exit row. If an emergency does occur, the passenger
sitting closest to the exit might have to open the door for the rest of the people on
board. While there’s still time before the takeoff,
the flight attendants will approach the passengers in the emergency exit row and instruct them
on what to do if they’re unable to do it themselves. So those passengers have to be able-bodied
adults. 8. Ever wondered why they ask you to keep your
seat back upright upon takeoff and landing? That’s because if you lean back, you might
block the passenger right behind you, and in case of emergency they’ll have a much
harder time evacuating. Apart from that, it’s always good form to
ask the person behind you if they’re okay with you leaning back. After all, they might be working on a laptop
or just have long legs, and you might cause a lot of inconvenience by being inattentive. Never mind the fact that the airline has assigned
you both in the Sardine section, packed in so tightly that neither of you has any wiggle
room, but that’s something for another video. 9. When a flight attendant offers you a drink,
you want to avoid carbonated ones. You see, carbon dioxide stimulates intestinal
gas production — plainly speaking, you’ll probably experience bloating and overall discomfort. Sometimes it even causes nausea. Opt for plain water or juice instead. And on that note… 10. Tea and coffee may also be risky beverages. Regulations require that water be taken from
secure sources, but not all airlines follow this rule and simply boil tap water. Even boiled, though, it can contain some harmful
bacteria, and if you drink tea or coffee made with such water, don’t be surprised with
some unpleasant after effects. 11. This isn’t about airplanes, but still: you
might have seen in the movies how people getting off a helicopter bow down? They presumably avoid hitting the rotating
blades with their head, but in reality it’s not necessary. Even the tallest person won’t be able to
get into such a trouble. This is just our intuitive reaction to something
being over our head — we do the same in a room with a low ceiling, even though we
know we can’t possibly hit our noggin on it. So it’s not something to lose your head
over… 12. If you’ve flown with different airlines,
you might have noticed that some of them require passengers to board in different ways. In fact, there are several official boarding
methods, each used by different airlines. The most common one — and, ironically, the
least effective — is the rear-to-front method, where passengers take their seats starting
from the back of the airplane and gradually moving towards the front. The most efficient method, taking on average
about 10 minutes less, is the random seating, when passengers don’t have seat assignments
— basically, that’s a free-for-all. 13. If you ever fancied taking a free ride aboard
a plane by hiding in some inconspicuous corner, ditch that thought. Airplanes go through a very thorough check
before every flight, and there are literally no secret hiding places anyone could use. Of course, there are rest areas for the cabin
crew, but their name says everything about them. 14. First thing that gets started on an airplane
is not the engines — it’s the APU, or the auxiliary power unit. It’s a small additional engine located in
the tail of the airplane that kickstarts the electrical systems and bleeds air for the
engines and air conditioning inside the cabin. It uses up the plane’s fuel, though, so
in many airports the APU is replaced by ground systems that power the planes. 15. You’ve surely noticed how much louder the
airplane becomes when it’s landing. You might think it’s the engines, but in
reality that’s the reverse thrusters being deployed. They’re necessary to create additional force
against the direction of the airplane. If they’re not used, the plane might not
stop in time and crash into another aircraft or the airport fence, which is something to
avoid if you can. They do add to the noise, though. 16. On average, flights are becoming slower and
slower with each decade. Today, for example, a flight from New York
to Chicago would take about 20 minutes longer than it did in the mid-90s. The reason is as simple as always: money. The cost of fuel is constantly rising, so
in order to avoid drastic ticket price spikes, airlines decided to make air travels a bit
slower to save fuel. It’s no secret that the faster the plane
flies, the more fuel it consumes, so this measure has been quite effective. I wonder if the speed ever drops below the
line where it would be faster to go by car, though. Hey, if you have ever been sucked into a jet
engine, or just learned something new today, then give the video a like and share it with
a friend! And here are some other videos I think you’ll
enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
on the Bright Side of life!

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  1. That happend to my cousin once he was walking under a wing of a plane the plane was a bout to fly and the plane almost cut his head off he he was very lucky has it ever happend to you once guys?

  2. Based on my intellectual capacity and my vast knowledge, tactically and tentatively, right from the beginning of times especially in the light of Ecclesiastes evolution, I have come to a concrete, definite and profound conclusion that I actually have nothing to say. Thank you.

  3. A 3rd reason that you arent allowed to walk under the wing is because of fuel. It rarely ever happens but if the plane gets fueled over its capacity the fuel will be dumped out the wing. And a kerosine shower is not something you want to try

  4. Bright side: You can’t walk under the arirplane.

    Me: I can hit it then!

    Me: hits airplane wing

    Airplane: Bass boosted sports wii theme

  5. There is so much factually incorrect about these videos, especially the decision altitude statement. The truth is, You can go around even if you touch down a main wheel also known as a balked landing. The decision altitude basically means if you can’t see the runway then you have to go around and varies depending on the approach if CAT 1 it’s 200ft Above ground level while CAT IIIB there isn’t a decision altitude.

  6. 2:31 the Decision Altitude is the altitude at which you must go around if you are doing IFR approach and don't have the runway in sight. And there is no "point of no return". You can go around at any point during the approach if something isn't right, from airspeed and altitude to cabin crew not being seated, or an obstacle on the runway. You can even go around after the wheels touch down on the ground.

  7. Bit silly to suggest it’s fine to not wear your seat belt when the sign is off. You should wear your seatbelt at all times unless going to the toilet. Turbulence can happen at a moments notice, no getting signs from the air stewardess sitting down, and you can be throw up. There is literally no good reason to not wear your seatbelt at all times, no good reasons.

  8. I happen to be somewhat disabled, I walk with forearm crutches and I have cerebral palsy. Despite that, on one Relatively short flight over 40 years ago, about 400 miles or one hour, I was sitting next to the emergency exit. I was the one who said to the flight crew member “shouldn’t I move” and they said to not worry about it. Nothing happened, but that’s why I’m always very conscious to not get myself into the position of being next to the emergency exit.

  9. Bright Side, when are you going to become a pilot? Lol You know just about everything you need to know to be a pilot, with all the videos you make about planes!!!! Lol I love you guys!!!!!

    (This is just a joke people.)

  10. the Term for making the decision to go around is called * minimums , if u listen in the cockpit when a plane lands, at about 200ft you’ll hear the radio al meter call * *Minimums * “Approaching Minimums” means your approaching the minimum decision height.

  11. I would like to add on a reason why you cannot walk under the planes wings (stated at 1:06) there are many moving parts of the wings, such as flaps and slats, so therefore it is possible that it can hit you. You learn something new every day

  12. Wings on Boeing 737s (most common passenger aircraft) are about 10 ft off the ground so maintenance on the wings can done if need be. Also if the wings were low enough for you to hit your head on, the engines would most likely drag on the ground

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