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​Pilot Shares Strict Rule On What They're Allowed To Eat During Flight


​Pilot Shares Strict Rule On What They're Allowed To Eat During Flight

A pilot has revealed one very strict rule about what they're allowed to eat during a flight - and when you think of it, it all boils down to common sense.


Harrison Murray (@pilot_geeza) is a Boeing 747 pilot who regularly shares TikTok videos about the aviation industry and what his job entails.


He recently hosted a Q&A with followers, where one person asked about whether or not a rumour they'd heard was true.

"Is it true that both pilots aren't allowed to eat the same meal, in case they both get poorly in mid-air?" they asked.

Responding to the question, Murray said: "That is absolutely correct.

"We always get two different meals - there's sandwiches and all that type of stuff as well, but I only tend to only eat the sandwiches as the meals are a bit s***."

Credit: TikTok/@pilot_geeza
Credit: TikTok/@pilot_geeza

The video has since racked up more than 970,000 views and 63,000 likes, with many people commenting to thank Murray for his insider insight.

"Wow... learn something everyday," one wrote.

"Pretty smart," someone else said.


"Have you ever watched the film Airplane," another asked, referring to the classic 1980 disaster parody flick, in which passengers and several crew members fall ill after eating a dodgy fish dish - including the pilot and co-pilot.

Still from Airplane. Credit: Paramount Pictures
Still from Airplane. Credit: Paramount Pictures

One other person had the same thought, saying: "The film Airplane was a great example of this."

While someone else quipped: "Don't eat the fish."


Another Boeing pilot recently addressed a different aviation rumour, explaining why we use the brace position, which involves bending forward and putting your hands over your head to prepare for a crash, supposedly to help your body brace for impact.

Because many of us - thankfully - have never had to deploy the move, we've been left to speculate about both its efficiency and true purpose, with long-running rumours suggesting the position is actually designed to kill passengers immediately in the event of an emergency.

However, a top pilot explained that there isn't any truth to the morbid theory, saying that the position is, indeed, designed to protect people.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Nick Eades, who is the world's most experienced Boeing 747 pilot, told LADbible: "What you're trying to do is to stop people breaking their necks in a big impact."

He continued: "You're just trying to get the body into a position that's going to suffer least damage.

"It's like whiplash - you're trying to avoid that sudden movement of the head, which can result in serious injury, if not death."

Eades, whose new book The Self Improver: A Pilot's Journey details his successful career as a pilot, also explained that the system has now changed, and that cabin crew will no longer tell people to brace.

He said: "The brace position is going to become redundant, so cabin crew won't shout 'brace' at you anymore.

"They'll say, 'Head down, hands over your head. Head down, hands over your head.'

"At least that gives somebody in probably the most stressful position they'll ever be in in their lives something to do."

He added that some seats aren't facing forwards, which means a different position is needed.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: World News, Pilot, News, travel, TikTok

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