Traveling by air? These misconceptions you have aren't true


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Airplanes make traveling easy and convenient. However, there are certain misconceptions passengers have about flying. Check out the ones you are ignorant of!

They say flying is the safest mode of transportation. But this assertion doesn’t have much confidence among Nigerian air travelers. After the incident of Ethiopian airline plane, even more people do not dare to travel by air.

There’s the fear that anything can happen at any time. When they are in the air, they hold their breath until they touch down. The logic behind a plane flying in the air is still a mystery to a lot of people. They find it difficult to fathom that such a heavy object can hang in the air. Looking at it with a lay man’s lenses, there’s the chance to also have doubts, but it’s not magic. It’s all scientifically proven

6 air travel misconceptions debunked

1. Window shapes are for fancy

Most air passengers like to sit by the window while flying. The view of the land from above the sky is magnificent. But those windows aren’t designed that way just for fancy. They are primarily that way for pressure balance.

A window with a rectangular or square shape won’t be able to sustain the high speeds generated up in the sky because of their sharp corners. The edges of airplanes are curved so that pressure can be evenly spread throughout.


The round window helps to distribute pressure equally

2. Fly on full tank

Vehicles are best for traveling when their tanks are full to the brim. Do you think airplanes do the same thing?

You are wrong. Airplanes are made of heavy equipment; hence they are heavy by default. Combining this weight with all the people and luggage on the airplane puts a lot of pressure on it. To keep this in check, airlines only take the quantity of fuel they need for a particular trip. Having calculated the distance of the trip, the fuel takes them to their destination safely.

3. Engine failure causes crash 

The engine is a major component of any machine. An airplane has two engines. Air travelers are mostly concerned about their condition. They fear that, if any of the engines generates a fault in the air, they are doomed. But that’s not true. If one engine fails, the other one has the capacity to arrive at its destination. What happens if both engines fail? There still won’t be a crash. Airplane makers have plan for all those imaginary situations so that passengers can arrive at their destination safely.

4. People don't smoke

Smoking is prohibited on an airplane. Even without being told, it’s only logical for people to not smoke. But then, people have different thought patterns, and may behave however they want regardless of set rules.

Despite the no-smoking rule, airlines still make provision for an ash tray in the toilet. That’s because it’s better to have cigarettes deposited in the train than have them in the bin. This is a proactive measure to checkmate stubborn passengers who will disregard the rules without paying attention to safety.


There're always an entry point and exit point when lightning strikes the plane

5. Lightning strikes cause a crash

With the airplane being up in the sky, it’s closer to the rain than people on the ground. There’s the fear among passengers that when there’s a lightning, the plane could be thrown off balance, losing control and crashing. Airplane creators actually thought of this. So, they created it in such a way that it’s resistant to lightning strikes.

The fuel tank too has extra protection. A heavy lightning cannot make it explode. So, don’t be scared in the event of a lightning, you are proofed away from any harm.

6. Incomplete seat numbers

Do you notice that there are no numbers 13 and 17 on many airplanes? It isn’t an error. In some countries, numbers 13 and 17 are seen as unlucky numbers. Passengers from countries who have that belief won’t like their seats to have those numbers. After number 12, the next number you see is 14.

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.


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