Travelling by air should, ideally, be one of the most comfortable experiences. However, we live in the real world, and things are rarely that smooth. The airlines we travel on, and the airports that we board them through often get in the way of our carefully planned journeys.
Needless to say, this leads to unpleasant delays and cancellations. But cancellation and delays aside, airlines are up to more mischief than you’d like to think. In fact, here is a list of rules that air carriers are known to break on a fairly regular basis.
Pilots are overworked
Generally, there are two kinds of flights – long-hauls and short hauls. The former refers to flights that cover significant distances. Now, pilots on long haul flights are quite well-rested. In fact, they work on shift basis.
But that can’t be said for short-haul operations. Pilots that fly short-hauls often end up working 15 hours a day. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when you hear about pilots being extremely tired or even falling asleep while operating a flight.
This is a serious issue, and concerned authorities need to investigate and find a solution.
The crew members don’t switch off their mobile devices
As soon as you board an aircraft, you’re told to switch off your mobile device. The reason? Well, your mobile devices emit signals that can interfere with the aircraft’s own gadgetry, which can lead to safety problem.
But here’s the actual truth – there is no real evidence that this happens. The evidence is, in fact, minimal. Even so, it’s better to play it safe. But the crew members don’t care and often use their mobile devices during take-off. After all, they know the risk is minimal.
Got bad seats? Be nice next time
The last thing you need is a bad seat to ruing your travelling experience. But sometimes you have to accept your fate. But it isn’t always fated that’s responsible for putting you in the worst seat possible. It can also be karma or, in this case, manufactured karma.
Manufactured by whom? Well, the airline staff.
You see, airline staff have admitted to the long-held suspicion that rude passengers get bad seats. So, yes, if you’re one of those grumpy flyers and you often find yourself ending up in the worst seats possible, remember, there is a correlation.
Not as clean as you think
When you enter your flight, do observe caution when touching things. This rule needs to be followed especially when you’re eating food. Why? Well, your aircraft may not be as clean as you think it is. This is especially true for short-haul budget flights that have a quick turnaround.
You see, there simply isn’t enough time for these flights to undergo cleaning between routes. So, the cleaning done is often basic and minimal.
In other words, make sure you wash your hands after a short-haul flight. Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you on every flight. You’ll need it.