The mysteries of air travel revealed: From missing row 13 to those in-flight essentials

Mar 29, 2024
These insights offer passengers a glimpse into the intricacies of air travel. Source: Getty Images.

In the realm of air travel, mysteries abound, from the absence of row 13 to the hygiene of in-flight restrooms.

TikTok users @hennylim and @cherdallas have recently shed light on these enigmas, offering insights that might change the way you view your next flight.

Henny Lim, in a revealing video, demystified the absence of row 13 on airplanes, a phenomenon observed across many airlines worldwide.

She attributed this curious omission to the pervasive superstition surrounding the number 13.

“In many cultures, number 13 is associated with bad luck,” Lim explained.

“That is why most airlines prefer to avoid igniting the superstitions of their customers and have opted to remove the number from the seating plans.”

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This practice, Lim notes, is rooted in triskaidekaphobia, the irrational fear of the number 13. It’s a testament to the lengths airlines go to in order to accommodate passengers’ superstitions and ensure a comfortable journey.

However, superstition isn’t the only concern for passengers. @cherdallas, a seasoned flight attendant, recently shared invaluable insights gleaned from five years in the industry. Her revelations might make you reconsider your in-flight habits.

One piece of advice? Bring your own toilet paper. @cherdallas cautioned passengers about the questionable hygiene of in-flight restroom amenities.

“If you examine the toilet paper, I promise you’re going to see water droplets on it, or what you think are water droplets.” she warned.

“I don’t think we can trust most men to make it in the toilet on a normal day, let alone flying at 36,000 feet with turbulence” she added.

Her recommendation to BYO toilet paper aims to ensure a more hygienic experience at 36,000 feet.

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But that’s not the only tip from @cherdallas. She also delved into fashion choices for air travel, advising against wearing shorts. Her reasoning? It’s not just about comfort; it’s about safety.

“Say we have an evacuation. You have to go down the slide. Your butt cheeks are going to be sizzled off,” she explained.

It’s a perspective that highlights the importance of considering safety beyond the comfort of clothing choices.

These insights, shared on TikTok, offer passengers a glimpse into the intricacies of air travel. From superstitions dictating seating arrangements to practical advice for a more comfortable and safe journey, these revelations might just change the way you approach your next flight.

So, the next time you board a plane, remember the wisdom shared by Lim and @cherdallas, it might just make all the difference.

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