6 curious facts about traveling by plane
Traveling by plane has become more common than it was a few decades ago, there are more and more airlines and many more connections between destinations around the world. For time, practicality and comfort, traveling by plane is one of the best transportation options, so strap on your belt and let’s take off, get to know the following curious facts about traveling by plane:
– THE SENSE OF TASTE FADES
At more than 10,000 meters high the pressure exerted on our body is very high, so 1/3 of the taste buds are numb, causing the perception of both sweet and salty tastes be much lower, while the perception of the bitter, sour and spicy flavors are not affected.
– THE PLANE IS THE SAFEST MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION OF THE WORLD
Despite the phobia to fly of many people, as well as the spectacular and tragic accidents that we have witnessed, traveling by plane is much safer than the rest of the means of transportation. The Air Transport Companies Association shows the figures of 1 plane crash for every 16 million flights, which is nothing compared to the 3,400 people who lose their lives on a daily basis in land accidents, according to the WHO (World Health Organization).
– WHY IS THERE A MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM HEIGHT FOR THE CREW OF AN AIRCRAFT?
Beyond being a topic of aesthetics, the issue of whether the crew of an airplane has a minimum or maximum size is due to the importance of being able to reach the luggage compartment over the passengers’ seats on planes and the height of aircraft. A stewardess must have at least 1.57 meters of height, men 1.64 meters and the tallest they can be is 1.85 meters, since beyond this height they would have problems to move without difficulty by airplanes.
– THERE ARE NO ROWS 13 AND 17 IN THE AIRCRAFTS
This is basically because of a theme of customs and traditions of different cultures in the world, which attribute bad luck to numbers 13 and 17. In religious issues 13 was the number of the apostle who betrayed Jesus, a Friday the 13th began with the execution of the Knights Templar; On the other hand the number 17 has the attribution of being of bad omen by the way in which it is written in Latin is an anagram of the word VIXI that means “I am dead”.
To avoid panic in the passengers and respecting their beliefs, the airlines have decided to omit these rows in the aircrafts.
– AS DRY AS THE DESERT
If on any of your flights you have noticed that your mouth is very dry, it is because there is a humidity lower than 12% in the heights, very similar to the climate of a desert.
– THE LONGEST FLIGHT IN THE WORLD
17 hours and 30 minutes is the duration of the longest flight in the world connecting the city of Doha in Qatar and Auckland in New Zealand.
We have landed from this brief but interesting journey about the curious facts of traveling on a plane. Do you know any other?
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Born in the central region of Mexico, but having lived most of her life in the beautiful state of Nayarit, Angela fell in love with this area’s landscapes and its natural beauty. With the firm conviction from an early age that she wanted to be part of the way tourism was managed in her state and the country at large, she studied a degree in Tourism Management and Development at the Technological University of Nayarit. Immediately following her studies, she immersed herself in the world of hospitality in Puerto Vallarta, an iconic city within Mexico known for its wide range of hotels. Working within this field, she took various positions, which allowed her to develop many skills such as teamwork and great service as well as to learn about the standards of operations at a large hotel complex. After taking a break from the hotel industry for personal reasons, her path met Mexico Boutique Hotels, a company that closely matched her personal convictions, which involve presenting Mexico to the world as a brand that guarantees memorable experiences thanks to its natural beauty and the excellent hospitably of its people who by their very nature provide great service and are excellent hosts. Angela currently serves as Chief E-Concierge and Travel Designer for the aforementioned company, offering travelers the opportunity to live a different experience every day, where attention to details make a huge difference.