35 Secrets Your Pilot Won’t Tell You (But Did Anyway)
This probably isn’t one of those headlines that makes you well up with comfort and excitement, probably because you just don’t want to even know what the person who holds your life in their hands up in the air is doing behind closed doors– just as long as you get up and back down safely. However, a recent Yahoo! Shine article had a little cockpit confessions with pilots.
Not surprisingly, passengers are on a need-to-know-basis. As the article pointed out, if there’s engine failure, the pilot isn’t going to announce over the intercom: “Ladies and gentlemen, it seems that we’ve lost our engines and will be making an emergency landing”. One regional pilot stated that since they rarely have a time to eat, pilots will delay a flight just so they can eat.
This is probably a given for most passengers, but according to the article, you shouldn’t worry too much when the pilot puts on the fasten seat belt sign. Only when he tells the flight attendants to sit down, should you quiver in your seat a little bit. So with all these secrets, what makes a good pilot? According to pilots, a good landing. So the next time you experience a smooth and easy three-point touchdown, as you’re getting off the plane give your pilot a high five and tell them “nice landing” — they’ll appreciate the acknowledgment.
[Photo courtesy of Gustavo Maciel]