Cabin crew reveal weirdest things they've seen on planes
Posted on 02/05/2016 168 shares

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Being stuck on an aeroplane for hours on end may drive the best of us crazy, but some of these situations revealed by flight attendants may shock even the most frequent of fliers...

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  • Impatient passengers
    Impatient passengers

    In 2014, a passenger on a China Eastern Airlines plane deployed the emergency slide after the aircraft had landed at Sanya Phoenix International Airport just because he wanted to "get off the plane quicker." Ironically, the incident caused the aircraft to be delayed for two hours and cost about 16,000 USD in damages. This is not the only time this has happened, as recently a United Airlines flight attendant pulled the same stunt.

  • Exploding e-cigarettes
    Exploding e-cigarettes

    In March, a Delta Air Lines flight was delayed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after an e-cigarette belonging to a passenger ignited on board the flight. Passengers are allowed battery-powered e-cigarettes, but lithium ion batteries in e-cigarettes can ignite if they are damaged.

  • Extraordinarily smelly poos
    Extraordinarily smelly poos

    The BBC reports that in March 2015 a British Airways flight from London to Dubai was forced to turn around because of a "smelly poo". It posed a ?heath and safety problem' because only half the air is recycled and cleaned on a plane. Passengers had to be put up in a hotel overnight until the next available flight.

  • Animals left on planes
    Animals left on planes

    In a survey by Skyscanner in 2013, more than 700 international cabin-crew members revealed the mass list of items passengers left behind. Among these was a falcon, dried fish, a dog, a tortoise and a parrot.

  • Cooking with airline water
    Cooking with airline water

    People have tried to make soup using the airline water before. Former flight attendant Heather Wilde said: "Guys, the water lines haven't ever been cleaned - ever."


There's no doubt that flight attendants get a lot of unique perks, mainly the ability to travel around the world for little to no cost. But the job doesn't come without its challenges.

Despite the flight cancellations and delays, 24/7 jet lag and weekends and holidays spent working, flight attendants are faced daily with a wide array of human behaviour - some of which are weird enough to test anyone's patience.


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