Flight secrets: A pilot has revealed this secret about the cockpit
Flight secrets have revealed a number of fascinating stories from behind the scenes of a plane.
From where the dirtiest spot is to why the water should always be avoided, frequent fliers know the best-kept secrets to ensure a comfortable flight.
A pilot has recently revealed some other unknown truths to flying, including one thing that many passengers may have believed to have been off limits.
Vicky McCarthy, 26, is a pilot for Thomas Cook Airlines and is one of the few female pilots in the industry.
As part of the companies new Travel Trends report, she explained the fascinating secret.
A lot of people are scared that they can’t go in, but if you would like to, just ask
She told The Sun how, contrary to popular belief, passengers are allowed into the cockpit.
Ms McCarthy explained: “A lot of people are scared that they can’t go in, but if you would like to, just ask.
“If it’s too busy, the cabin crew will just tell you – there’s no harm in asking.”
Whilst this isn’t possible during the flight, she explains that before the flight it is okay to ask.
If it is delayed then that also makes it the “perfect time” for a visit.
Flight secrets: Passengers are allowed in the cockpit if they ask
Ms McCarthy also revealed some other top secrets of the aviation industry.
Flight attendants will often be happy to help if passengers are scared of flying by explaining a lot of the flight process.
Drinking on planes should also be avoided for two very good reasons.
Not only can it make nervous fliers feel even worse but, if getting especially inebriated, it can cause the flight to be diverted.
Cockpits also hide a scary secret in the case of an emergency; they must have a crash axe onboard if the plane contains more than 19 passengers.
Flight secrets: Cabin crew are happy to help when it comes to looking at the cockpit
This is according to the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) when it comes to commercial flights.
It will then be used in the case of a fire to be able to cut away panels or interior in an emergency.
Yet the British equivalent, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) do not have the same legislation.
A CAA spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “There is no specific regulation requiring an axe to be carried in cockpits.
“Many aircraft have a small axe fitted somewhere in the cockpit to allow the pilots to break the windscreen if necessary during an emergency evacuation.”