Every flight has its story. And every passenger tends to spread it around. A simple story can easily become an urban legend and gets established as a fact. But, is every story true? Or is it just a myth? Let us take a look at some of the most common air travel myths.
1. Electronic Devices Confuse the Airplane’s Navigational Systems
This is probably the most common air myth and yes, it is just a myth. Repeated studies over the last years have shown that in no way, any kind of electronic devise such as lap tops, mobile phones, blackberries, iPods can interfere with the plane’s navigational systems. And then why are you requested to turn them off before take off?
All airlines have made this a rule; no passenger is allowed to use any kind of electronic devise during a flight. Experts claim that the underlying reason that airlines suggest not to use them is just for extra profit. If passengers need to make a call, then they have to use the plane’s communication system and of course get charged at least five times more than using their mobile.
Unfortunately, if you try to resist at the attendant’s constant requests to turn off your Blackberry, all you will succeed is to get sued for meddling with the aircrew. Consequently, you will not crash the plane but you definitely make the airline mad.
2. If the Flight Gets Cancelled, You Get Compensated
Wrong, wrong and again, wrong. If only it was true. The only possibility to get your money back is if it is the airline’s fault such as a mechanical problem. For any other reason, including weather problems and threatening calls, you will not get your money back.
In addition, when the airline kindly requests you to calm down and you will fly with the next flight, does not mean that you will fly literally with the next on chart plane! You will have the change to fly when there is an available free space for you. It does not matter if that is after three days as there is nothing you can do. The airline is not obliged to cancel another person ticket in order for you to fly.
3. If You Are Late, You Fly With the Next Plane For Free
Unfortunately, this is again just a myth. The airline has the right to charge you with extra fees if you lose the flight because you got there late. It does not matter if your cab was high jacked or if there was a parade down town; you were late. Nevertheless, if you travel in long distance destinations where you have to change planes and your flight arrived in delay, then you will not get charged for the next flight.
4. X-Rays Can Harm You or Your Lap-top
While you wait patiently for your turn to pass the X-rays system in check-in, you can hear all kinds of stories and fears. Some people claim that the X-ray machine is the number one risk for developing cancer or damaging the hard drive of your computer. In both cases, the verdict is ‘innocent’! Many studies have shown that the radiation emitted from the X-ray machines is 1/10 of the radiation used in the medical machines. So, there is definitely no reason to be afraid!
5. The Cabin Is a Heavenly Place for Viruses
Many people choose not to fly mainly because they think that the air inside the cabin in nothing more than just recycled air. Once more, this claim is just a myth. All airlines spend millions each year to acquire the best air circulation systems to prevent any spread of contagious diseases. The only thing that could almost kill you is being ‘the lucky one’ to sit behind a passenger who doesn’t even remember the last time that he took a bath! Nevertheless, it is crucial to wash hands often.
Air traveling is scientifically one of the safest ways to travel. Do not let stories intimidate you; especially when they are nothing but myths. If you have any fears or concerns about flying, it is best to talk with the airline company you most trust. Do not be afraid to travel; any experience you will get will worth the time and money for a lifetime. Have a nice flight!