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Fun Facts About Airline Travel

by stine1 on 20/09/10 at 11:28 am

Airlines are transporting millions and millions of passengers around the globe every year. Quite a serious business, but you probably did not know the following funny facts about airline travel. Could be quite a funny conversation at your next party… or flight.

Airlines are transporting millions and millions of passengers around the globe every year. Quite a serious business, but you probably did not know the following funny facts about airline travel:

1. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 just by removing one olive from each salad served in their first-class.

2. The first female flight attendants in 1930 were required to weigh less than 115 pounds. In addition, they had to be nurses and unmarried.

3. In 2009, Southwest served 63.2 million cans of soda, juices, and water; 14.3 million alcoholic beverages; 14 million bags of pretzels; 90 million bags of peanuts; 17.7 million Select-A-Snacks; and 33.5 million other snacks.

4. Have you ever wondered why the lights are turned out on takeoff and landing?

This is done so your eyes adjust to lower levels of light. If there’s an accident and they have to activate the emergency slides, studies have shown that you will be able to see better and therefore be able to evacuate more quickly and safely.

5. The average wait time at the security checkpoints was 15 minutes in 2004.

6. The Internet check-in was first used by Alaskan Airlines in 1999.

Image by skinnylawyer via Flickr

7. Have you ever wondered about the name “Qantas”? It is an acronym for “Queensland And Northern Territories Air Service”.

8. The shortest scheduled airline flight is from the Scottish island of Westray to its neighbor island, Papa Westray. Flight time: 2 minutes!

9. The #1 charter route from the UK is from London to Dalaman. Manchester to Dalaman is second. Dalaman, by the way, is in Turkey.

Image by skinnylawyer via Flickr

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Kristie Claar

Aug 4th, 2011

nice share

mborman

Aug 25th, 2012

Good share

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