Miss Flyte

Miss Flyte: Flight Mode

Miss Flyte: Airport

This week, our sharp-tongued stewardess gives us the lowdown to bust some mile-high myths

On my travels this week, there seems to have been a recurring theme. It’s happened, that when I give an instruction, much like a 2-year-old, the question has been, “why?” So, today’s column is dedicated to all those curious minds and IQAs (idiotic question askers), and I hope that as a result, I can go through my flights this week without having to hear it… again.

Why does the window blind have to be open for takeoff and landing?

Because in case of an emergency landing, it would be in your best interest for the emergency services to be able to see inside the plane, so they know where to go hunting in case you’ve survived.

Why do I have to turn my phone off when it’s on airplane mode already?

I can’t check every device to ensure that it really is, and because other people see you using your phone they think it is acceptable for them to use it as well. Phones, as with almost all electronic devices, may interfere with aircraft navigation equipment. True, it may or it may not interfere, but do you really want to take that risk?

Why does my bag have to be in the overhead locker?

Again, in case of emergency, it really is better for you if bags do not block the aisle and area around your seat. Imagine you’re running for your life, and you trip over your carry-on. Not ideal.

Why does my seatback have to be upright for takeoff and landing?

The time it takes you to stand up is longer when you are reclined, so when you’re running for the emergency exit, every millisecond counts. Also, have you seen how far seats recline these days? You are virtually trapping the poor soul in the seat behind you if they need to get out in a hurry. Don’t be so selfish, put your seat upright.

Why does my infant need a separate seatbelt when they are sitting on my lap?

Welcome to Physics 101. If the aircraft stops suddenly, the weight of your body is thrust forward, and the seatbelt will work effectively to stop you. Do the maths; with a fragile infant between your full body weight and a restraining device, you’ll squeeze the life out of your infant. Trust me when I tell you, use the extension belt.

Now that five of life’s greatest aircraft mysteries have been solved, I can pack my bag for the next flight.

Check out more of Miss Flyte’s adventures and answers here.

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