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17 truths and myths about air travel that you should know before you fly.

17 truths and myths about air travel that you should know before you fly.

1. Pilots dump human waste mid-air: Myth

Waste from aeroplanes is held in a tank until the aircraft lands. The tank can only be emptied using an exterior lever, so it is physically impossible for the pilot to empty the tank while the plane is in the air, according to an FAA fact sheet.


People regularly report having waste fall on them, including ‘blue ice’, which they believe is human waste that has been coloured blue by a chemical added to the toilet water and frozen at high altitudes, before it was dumped from an aeroplane or leaked from the holding tank.

The FAA says they always investigate reports of human waste that has fallen from the sky and it almost always turns out to be bird droppings.


2. You can get stuck on a plane toilet if you flush while sitting down: Mostly Myth

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It is possible to get stuck on a toilet if your body forms a perfect seal on the toilet seat. However, this is very difficult to do. The boys from Mythbusters tested this theory and though Adam Savage experienced strong suction he was able to break the seal and stand up.


3. Oxygen masks get you high: Myth

Brad Pitt’s character in Fight Club, Tyler Durden, might be responsible for the continuation of this myth after he claimed they put oxygen masks on planes because it ‘gets you high… Suddenly you become euphoric, docile. You accept your fate.’


Despite the conspiracy theories, oxygen masks allow people to keep breathing if the plane loses cabin pressure at altitudes where the air is oxygen-poor, allowing the pilot to bring the plane down to an altitude where the air is oxygen-rich and people can breathe normally

4. You should be cautious about drinking the water: Fact


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A US study in 2009 found that the water in one out of every seven planes did not meet safety standards. The water supply of some of the planes was infected by E. coli, which is a leading cause of food poisoning. The water is served to passengers as drinking water. It is also used to brew tea and coffee and when it is used for this, it often does not reach high enough temperatures to kill bacteria.

5. The air on planes is full of germs: Myth


Many people believe the air on a plane is stagnant and full of germs. In reality, the air in an aeroplane is heavily filtered and carries fewer germs than the air in most crowded spaces.

Passengers on board an aircraft breathe in a mixture of fresh air and recirculated air. The supply of air comes from the compressor sections of the engines, it is cooled and then run through filters and then re-mixed with a fresh supply from the engine, writes pilot Patrick Smith.


Underfloor filters are used to treat the cabin air are described by Boeing as being of ‘hospital quality’ and capturing between 94 and 99.9 percent of airborne microbes.

6. Your tray table is a veritable petri dish of germs: Fact


You may not get sick from the air you breathe on a plane, but you could get sick from everything else.

A 2007 study, which tested for incidents of the potentially fatal superbug Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) found that 60 percent of all tray tables on three major American airlines had traces of the bug. There was a higher incidence of traces of MHRSA on tray tables of planes than anywhere else that was tested, including the New York subway.


7. Opening a plane door while the plane is flying could lead to everyone being sucked out: Myth

Airbus A319 plane door

Because the cabin is so highly pressurised, if the emergency door were opened, many people would be sucked out of the plane. But because the cabin is so highly pressurised opening the doors when the plane is at cruising altitude is nearly impossible.


Airline pilot Patrick Smith writes: ‘You cannot – repeat, cannot – open the doors or emergency hatches of an aeroplane in flight. You can’t open them for the simple reason that cabin pressure won’t allow it.’

8. Lightning strikes cause plane crashes: Myth


Lightning strikes a commercial plane approximately once a year, but an aeroplane has not been downed by lightning since 1967. Planes have to pass safety tests that mean if they are struck by lightning the current flows through the exterior of the plane to another extremity point.

9. You get drunk more quickly on a plane: Myth


This myth has been tried and tested and there is nothing scientific to support the idea that you get drunk faster when you’re at a cruising altitude. Perhaps this myth has more to do with the supply of free booze than cabin pressure.

10. Smoking is banned on toilets but the toilets are fitted with ashtrays anyway: Fact


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Despite the fact that smoking on planes has been banned for over a decade, aircraft are obliged to provide ashtrays so that if if a smoker succumbs to temptation, they can dispose of their cigarette butt safely.

11. Wearing your seat belt can hurt your chances of surviving a plane crash.


Think of this as similar to wearing a seatbelt in a car. While it’s not crazy to think that your seatbelt can hinder a hasty escape from a crashed plane, it does far more good than harm. We spoke with Keven Hiatt, CEO of the non-profit Flight Safety Foundation, about the crash landing of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco.

He told us in a situation like that, “you would potentially be thrown out of your seat,” and could hit another passenger or a bulkhead. So it’s better to be in your seat and have to deal with unbuckling, than to find yourself flying through the air.


12. Pilots can control airflow to keep passengers sedated and save on fuel.

Again, Patrick Smith has the real data: “The idea that we cut back on oxygen is simply ridiculous. Oxygen levels are determined by pressurization.”


13. Oxygen masks are decoys, meant to keep passengers calm before a crash.

This one, propagated by the character Tyler Durden in “Fight Club,” isway off the mark, according to Smith. If the cabin loses pressure (which can easily happen without leading to a crash), everyone on board is left breathing the air at 30,000 feet, which is oxygen-poor (the summit of Mt Everest is 29,029 feet high).


Until the pilots can bring the plane down to about 10,000 feet, where the air is safely oxygen-rich, those masks keep everyone breathing normally. That’s fairly important.

14. A small hole in a plane will lead to everyone being sucked right out.


Patrick Smith notes that while bombs and large-scale structural failures can cause disastrous, rapid decompression, a small hole in a plane’s fuselage is a different matter.

After a foot-long breach in an Alaska Airlines MD-80 plane led to an emergency descent in 2006, Smith wrote in his Salon column: “The breach was a small one, and once the cabin pressure had escaped, it could be reasonably assumed that the plane was going to stay in one solid piece and fly just fine. Which it did.”


15. When the planes flies without an engine. 

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According to the Aerospace science a plane can glide 6 nautical miles for every 5000 feet. So at 35,000 feet, a plane can glide about 42 miles without power. Its why most accidents happen landing or taking off.”


16. Feeding the staff 

  • 2 pilots are served different meals and cannot share, this is done in case of food poisoning.
  • Stealing food, even if they are going to throw it out can get you fired instantly. You can ask your supervisor, but you cannot take food. They don’t want people messing with it”.

17. The oxygen mask myth


“That if the oxygen masks drop down, you only have about 15 minutes of oxygen from the point of pulling them down. However, that is more than enough time for the pilot to take us to a lower altitude where you can breathe normally.


More important – at altitude, you have 15-20 seconds before you pass out. Put yours on first, then do your kids. Passing out for a few seconds won’t harm the kids”

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He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)

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These are the Top 10 best US airlines of 2024

These are the Top 10 best US airlines of 2024

In an era where air travel plays an integral role in connecting people and places, the quality of airline service can significantly impact travelers’ experiences.

As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of aviation, insights into the performance and reliability of different carriers become invaluable. Enter WalletHub’s comprehensive analysis, offering a glimpse into the 10 best US airlines of 2024. Join us as we embark on a journey through the clouds, exploring the top performers.


Best airlines of 2024

  1. Alaska Airlines (68.07 out of 100): Anchoring the list is Alaska Airlines, celebrated for its consistency and customer satisfaction. With a score of 68.07, Alaska Airlines sets the standard for excellence in the skies.
  2. SkyWest Airlines (65.96): Following closely behind is SkyWest Airlines, recognized for its operational prowess and reliability. With a score of 65.96, SkyWest secures its position among the elite.
  3. Spirit Airlines (65.69): Surging into third place is Spirit Airlines, renowned for its affordability and expansive route network. Despite its low-cost model, Spirit Airlines earns acclaim with a score of 65.69.
  4. Delta Air Lines (61.56): A stalwart of the industry, Delta Air Lines maintains its reputation for superior service and efficiency. With a score of 61.56, Delta continues to soar above the competition.
  5. United Airlines (51.96): United Airlines occupies the middle ground, offering a balance of convenience and comfort to travelers. With a score of 51.96, United remains a dependable choice for domestic and international flights.
  6. JetBlue Airways (51.6): JetBlue Airways, known for its focus on customer experience and amenities, secures its place in the top 10 with a score of 51.6.
  7. Hawaiian Airlines (48.3): Transporting passengers, Hawaiian Airlines earns accolades for its hospitality and island-inspired service. With a score of 48.3, Hawaiian Airlines embodies the spirit of aloha.
  8. American Airlines (46.52): Despite facing challenges, American Airlines maintains its presence among the top performers with a score of 46.52, showcasing resilience in the competitive aviation landscape.
  9. Frontier Airlines (43.57): Frontier Airlines offers budget-conscious travelers a gateway to the skies with its affordable fares and diverse destinations. With a score of 43.57, Frontier Airlines secures its place in the top 10.
  10. Southwest Airlines (36.03): Rounding out the list is Southwest Airlines, renowned for its no-frills approach and extensive route network. With a score of 36.03, Southwest Airlines remains a popular choice for travelers seeking simplicity and value.
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World’s Top 21 riskiest Travel Destinations – U.S. State Department’s Level 4 Advisories”

World's Top 21 Riskiest Travel Destinations – U.S. State Department's Level 4 Advisories"

The US government provides travel advisories to warn its citizens about the safety and security circumstances in numerous places across the world. These recommendations are intended to assist travelers in making informed decisions and minimizing risks while abroad.

While many countries are typically safe to visit, the US Department of State advises exercising caution or avoiding travel altogether owing to a variety of concerns such as political instability, terrorism, and natural disasters.


Travel advisory levels are released by the U.S. State Department for over 200 countries worldwide. These levels are updated regularly depending on a range of risk factors, including health, terrorism, and civil unrest. Level 1 travel advisories advise taking standard precautions, while Level 4 advisories advise not going there.

As of October 23, over 10% of countries—21 in total—had a Level 4: “Do Not Travel” advice. The State Department states that in Level 4 countries, the United States government may have “very limited ability” to take action if travelers’ security or safety is in risk.


Places With a Level 4 Travel Advisory

Afghanistan: According to the State Department, the Central Asian nation is dealing with “armed conflict, civil unrest, crime, terrorism, and kidnapping.”


Burkina Faso: This West African country is plagued by crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. With little to no notice, schools, restaurants, and hotels may become targets of terrorist strikes.

Myanmar (formerly known as Burma): The main barriers to visiting this Southeast Asian nation are civil chaos and armed conflict.


Gaza: Due to the current conflict, US officials advise visitors to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza to either postpone their plans or stay away.

Iran: All visitors are at danger for kidnapping and unjust detentions, but Americans are particularly vulnerable to “arbitrary arrest and detention.”


Iraq: The State Department bases its Level 4 designation on “terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict civil unrest.”

Libya: Conflict between armed groups in Libya’s East and West has plagued the country since the fall of its dictatorship over a decade ago.


North Korea: is home to one of the longest-running dynastic dictatorships in history, and US passports are not valid for travel “to, in, or through” this nation.

Russia: The invasion of Ukraine, arbitrary law enforcement, and intimidation of American citizens by Russian government officials are among the factors that led to the country’s Level 4 travel recommendation.


South Sudan: Weapon assault, kidnapping, and crime are the main risk factors, with violent crime being widespread in the nation.

Sudan: Due to the continued turmoil in the nation, the United States withdrew its embassy from Khartoum in April 2023 and blocked its airspace.


Yemen: Yemen has six of the nine risk categories listed by the State Department: landmines, terrorism, civil instability, health hazards, and kidnapping.

Malawi: Level 2
The Department of State is warning visitors to Malawi to travel with extra caution in light of recent criminal activity and civil upheaval.


Bangladesh: Level 2
US residents who are in Bangladesh or intend to travel there should be especially careful because of the country’s high crime rate, terrorist attacks.

Saba: Level 1
The most recent alert states that visitors to Saba should take standard safety precautions.

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Boeing’s Showstopper Aircraft and Green Commitment at Dubai Airshow 2023

– The airshow will feature a Boeing 777-9 flying display, while customer 777, 787 Dreamliner, and 737 MAX aircraft will be on static display.

Boeing's Showstopper Aircraft and Green Commitment at Dubai Airshow 2023

Boeing Co [NYSE: BA] is set to showcase its market-leading commercial, defense, and services portfolio at the 2023 Dubai Airshow. During the event, they will feature their new widebody 777-9 jet in the flying display. Additionally, the company will demonstrate the state-of-the-art F-15QA (Qatar Advanced) fighter, marking the first time that the digitally advanced Qatar Emiri Air Force F-15 has performed at an air show.

As a strategic sponsor of the Aerospace 2050 conference at the airshow, Boeing will emphasize its commitment and actions in promoting a more sustainable aerospace future. They will also express their support for the aviation industry’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Boeing's Showstopper Aircraft and Green Commitment at Dubai Airshow 2023

Boeing’s activities at the airshow:

Boeing Commercial Airplanes:

  • Boeing will showcase its widebody 777-9 airplane from November 13-15.
  • The 777-9 is the world’s largest and most efficient twin-engine jet, based on the successful 777 family with technology from the 787 Dreamliner. It can seat 426 passengers and has a range of 13,510 km.
  • Customer displays will feature aircraft from various airlines, including the 787-9 Dreamliner, 777-300ER, 787-10 Dreamliner, and 737 MAX.

Riyadh Air:

  • Riyadh Air, a new Saudi carrier, will display a Boeing-owned 787-9 in a new indigo livery inspired by the sky at dusk.

Boeing Defense, Space & Security:

  • Boeing’s Advanced F-15QA fighter jet will perform aerial demonstrations.
  • The T-7A Red Hawk Advanced Pilot Training System simulator will be showcased.
  • Several Boeing aircraft, including the F-15E, KC-46A Pegasus, P-8A Poseidon, AH-64 Apache, and CH-47F Chinook, will be on display.

Boeing Global Services:

  • Boeing will present services for government and commercial customers, including digital, sustainment, modifications, parts, and training solutions.
  • They will highlight partnerships for support and digital capabilities for aviation operations.

Sustainable Aviation:

  • Boeing will discuss efforts to reduce aviation’s carbon footprint at the Aerospace 2050 forum.
  • They will also talk about the Cascade Climate Impact Model, a tool for reducing carbon emissions.

Innovation and Technology:

  • Boeing’s Aerospace Xelerated is partnering with the Vista 2023 startup hub.
  • They will feature 10 portfolio companies supported by the UAE’s Tawazun Council.
  • Boeing’s Applied Innovation team will work with seven portfolio companies to bring startup technology into their products.
  • Visitors can learn more about Boeing’s capabilities at Exhibit 1005.

Boeing’s High-Flying Presence at Dubai Airshow 2023

Boeing showcased its Business jet BBJ aircraft at the MEBAA event in Abu Dhabi last year, an event designed for a private jet flight expo. The Dubai Airshow 2023 is also highlighting private jet companies such as Gulfstream, Embraer, and Bombardier. Boeing recently secured a significant order for its Boeing 737 Max aircraft, with 108 orders for the 737-7 Max variant from Southwestern Airlines. Similar aircraft of this type will be featured at the Dubai Airshow, targeting new commercial market segments. Additionally, the event will feature the presentation of the new Boeing 777x upgraded versions.

Passenger planes are available for sale with prices that vary depending on their seating capacity and range. Boeing offers a range of commercial planes priced between $50 million and $450 million, all customized to meet specific customer requirements.

The Boeing 777x is in competition with the Airbus A350, both incorporating cutting-edge technology and composite materials that reduce the aircraft’s weight, thereby enhancing fuel efficiency and range for airlines. Boeing is also conducting tests with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on all its aircraft to make them more environmentally friendly by 2040. At the Dubai Airshow 2023, Boeing and Airbus are presenting the finest aircraft available for sale. The event also includes demonstrations of simulation technology for airline pilot training, electric aircraft, and the latest innovations in aviation.


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