Five air travel revelations

Did you know that while you were taking a photo for Instagram to show off your latest journey your pilot was doing the same?

We often hear the captain reaching out through the airplane's speakers wishing us a pleasant trip but the person behind the calm and authoritative voice usually remains a mystery.

So have you ever wondered what type of industry secrets go on behind the Pandora box that is the pilot’s cockpit?

Here are five confessions straight from the kitchen to feed your appetite.

1. The autopilot almost does it all

What we mean by that is pilots usually handle take-off and the landing while leaving the autopilot to take care of the rest. A lot of modern airplanes and airports are also equipped with “autoland” technology that automates the landing process and is typically used in bad weather conditions.

2. Pilots like to take in-flight snaps for Instagram

While this certainly does not apply to everyone, pilot’s in-flight photos have their own presence on social media and you must agree, they really do have the best seats in the house! Just check out this incredible capture by Santiago Borja taken over the Ecuadorean Amazon.

3. No, using your electronics will not crash the plane

It’s one of the first things we hear when we have finally boarded the plane, but contrary to common belief using your phone on the plane will not make it crash. As a matter of fact there are no documented cases that prove otherwise, it’s more of a better-safe-than-sorry practice.

4. Pilots are forced to carry as little fuel as possible

With competition growing and air fare prices dropping every minute, airlines are looking to be as cost effective as possible. Carrying more fuel than you need for a specific journey means higher fuel consumption because of the higher weight of the aircraft and so air carriers would only take what’s needed to make the trip.

5. Airlines manipulate flight times

In order to increase their on-time flights efficiency, airlines have changed the time needed to make a certain trip. This way they have a cushion when it comes to flight duration and thus a higher on-time flights rate. If a trip should take 120 minutes the majority of airlines will nowadays allocate 130.