Every flight attendant has a raft of secrets to keep things running smoothly on board a flight.
Before take-off, they need to ensure that all passengers are seated and luggage is safely stowed away in overhead compartments.
According to The Sun, airlines have installed secret switches on the sides of the overhead bins to make them easier to close.
Julien Delvat, a Business Intelligence Consultant from Miami, discovered the secret when he overheard a flight attendant being trained.
He revealed the secret on Quora.
“In some large planes, the overhead bins are so large and high that they don’t close with a door, but the bin itself comes down when open,” Mr Delvat said.
“If you include the weight of the bin itself and all the luggage it might contain, this can get pretty heavy, so the bin contains a pneumatic system that slows the bin down on its descent.
“That comes handy on the way down, but requires more effort to push closed, but there’s a trick.”
Mr Delvat explained that airlines have installed a small locking device on the sides of the overhead compartments.
“In one position, the hydraulic system is on (good for down, hard for up), and in another position, the hydraulic system is off (no good for down, easy for up),” he wrote.
“Unfortunately, the trick comes with a secret that is only passed from senior flight attendants to junior flight attendants.”
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