If you get nervous about flying, you aren’t alone. Whether you worry about the aircraft rivets suddenly popping loose or a bird crash landing into the windshield, there are hundreds of what-ifs that may keep you from enjoying your flight. To help ease your mind on the next trip, here’s a look at some of the secret airplane safety fixtures that in plain sight during your flight.
1. Mounted Yellow Hooks
These may not be easily visible, but there will be a number of yellow hooks placed on the wings of the plan. These are anchor ropes. Passengers are able to use ropes strung along these lines to pull themselves across the wing in the event of a water landing. The hooks and ropes are also used to tether the life rafts to the airplane as passengers are boarding the rafts.
2. No Flammable Materials
If the cabin loses pressure, you know that you will put on the oxygen mask that drops from the compartment. However, the instructions are to pull down on the mask before putting it on. This is to start a chemical reaction in the chemical oxygen generator stored above your head. As a safety feature, there are no oxygen tanks onboard an airplane.
3. Fire Resistant Furnishings
The seat cushion is a known flotation device, but it is also fireproof. It was after a fire on a test for the first Apollo moon mission that the highly flammable nature of the foam in seat cushions was discovered. This is now an FAA regulation, and it is estimated that around 25 people are saved each year because the seat is flame-resistant.
Tiny window bleed holes, dimmable lights, and hidden bathroom locks are just a few more of the special safety features that all aircraft are equipped with. The FAA takes your safety very seriously, as does the company lucky enough to get your business. Keep an eye out for these features the next time you fly.