If you've ever wondered what your pilot was really thinking, now is your chance to find out. We interviewed real-life pilots and they shared all the secrets you probably should know but were afraid to ask.
By Michelle CrouchFrom Reader's Digest USA, November 2010
1. “It’s one thing if a pilot puts the seat belt sign on for the passengers. But if he tells the flight attendants to sit down, you’d better listen. That means there’s some serious turbulence ahead.”
2. “Is traveling with a baby in your lap safe? No. It’s extremely dangerous. If there’s any impact or deceleration, there’s a good chance you’re going to lose hold of your kid, and he becomes a projectile. But the government’s logic is that if we made you buy an expensive seat for your baby, you’d just drive, and you’re more likely to be injured driving than flying.”
3. “If you’re going to recline your seat, for God’s sake, please check behind you first. You have no idea how many laptops are broken every year by boorish passengers who slam their seat back with total disregard for what’s going on behind them.”
4. “Most of the time how you land is a good indicator of a pilot’s skill. So if you want to say something nice to a pilot as you’re getting off the plane, say 'Nice landing.’ We do appreciate that.”