Virgin Australia Flight Attendant Reveals Secret Aeroplane Emergency Escape Door
A flight attendant who works for Virgin Australia has revealed there is a secret trap door on their planes that cabin crew can use to escape from their quarters in an emergency. Watch him demonstrate it below:
What's more, the hidden escape route is hiding in plane - sorry - sight. You've probably walked past it several times and never even thought about it if you've ever been on one of Virgin's - or any other airline's - long haul travel aircraft.
The crew member, called Blair, revealed the secret while doing a question and answer session live on Facebook.
In the short video, he took the audience through where the escape door is, and how it actually works.
So, on long haul flights, the cabin crew sleep in an area usually situated directly above the economy class cabin.
Up in that cabin, if there is an emergency they'll have to get out of there very fast. In the video, the flight crew member lifted up the bunk bed and revealed a hidden middle section that - once the bedding is removed - can be opened up.
It then folds back and reveals a hole that takes them straight down into the economy cabin.
He explained: "As every aircraft [does], you have to have an emergency exit so if an event did happen up here, we have our emergency escape hatch up here."
Then, he added: "And now you will see, it goes down into the economy cabin."
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Where the chute eventually emerges is actually just disguised as an overhead luggage storage compartment. The only difference is that it doesn't have a handle and can't be opened up from within the economy cabin.
He continued: "So if you've ever wondered, in economy cabin when there is an overhead locker without a handle, that is why."
Fair enough, it's news to most of us, no doubt.
In the video, he took the viewers through the crew's sleeping area and quarters, and also answered a few more questions regarding life as a flight crew member.
He explained they get about four hours break on a flight between Los Angeles and Australia, which they can use to have a kip.
It doesn't seem too bad, given it's a cramped space that no one can actually stand up in.
Incidentally, in case you're wondering, he also answered the question of whether passengers are allowed into the cabin quarters.
Obviously, they absolutely are not, but you knew that already.
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Virgin Australia