After the recent case of a passenger being forcibly removed from a United flight to make space for employees of the airline, the secret is out that airlines routinely overbook flights and are within their rights to bump you off yours. However, there are many other things airlines don’t tell you. Some of these can make your flying experience easier while others may make you want to stay on the ground and drive instead.
1. Your Phone Won’t Really Bring Down the Plane
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2. There’s a Good Reason for Hard Landings in Bad Weather
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3. Overweight Baggage can be Dangerous
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4. The Overhead Mask Doesn’t Contain That Much Oxygen
That should be enough time for the pilot to get the plane to a lower altitude but when cabin pressure drops, you can pass out after 30 seconds, so you need to get that mask on quickly.
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5. Don’t Take the Voucher When You Get Bumped
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6. You Can Bring Your Own Food
7. Don’t Book Group Tickets at the Same Time
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8. Dimming the Cabin Lights at Night is Not So You Can Sleep
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9. The Toilet Doors Can Be Unlocked From the Outside
10. Pilots Have to Eat Meals From Different Sources
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11. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays Are Cheaper
12. Tuesdays to Thursdays Are the Best Days to Book
13. There’s a Special Place for Rude People
14. Know Your Rights and the Airline’s Policies
There are rules for tarmac delays in the United States too, but when airlines violate these rules, they get fined and you don’t get any compensation. You can read about Canadian passenger rights here.
15. Report Lost or Damaged Luggage Immediately
The same goes for damaged luggage, such as when the airline breaks your guitar. If you wait too long to file the report and claim, your only option will be to write a song about it.