Flights: Cabin crew do this secret move if you get trapped in the plane toilet
Flights are not always that pleasant, but they can be made much worse if someone gets trapped in the loo.
Should this happen, cabin crew would not want to panic anyone unnecessarily.
Consequently, flight attendants have a secret gesture they use to communicate with their colleagues in such a scenario.
An expert revealed the gesture between cabin crew to Express.co.uk.
It is known that making a miming action with your hands touching an invisible wall, means there is someone stuck in the toilet
Alana Gomez, a spokeswoman for flight comparison website www.jetcost.co.uk explained a “miming action” is used.
“It is known that making a miming action with your hands touching an invisible wall, means there is someone stuck in the toilet,” she told Express.co.uk.
Fortunately, if passengers do become trapped in the toilet, cabin crew can help from the outside.
There is a hidden latch behind the lavatory or no smoking sign on the toilet door.
The sign can be flipped up, enabling flight attendants to slide the hidden latch in the case of an emergency.
Many people do worry about whether they can get trapped on the toilet itself.
Flights: There is a hidden latch behind the lavatory or no smoking sign on the toilet door
According to research by Jetcost, one in eight Britons think that you can get sucked into a toilet.
Thankfully it is “nigh on impossible to get stuck or sucked into a plane toilet,” Alana said.
However, Alana revealed that this unfortunate accident has, in fact, happened to someone in the past.
“There was a case documented 10 years ago of a woman who got sucked into a toilet during a flight to the United States,” she said.
“She spent the whole flight in there! She was compensated, of course.”
Flights: One in eight Britons think that you can get sucked into a toilet
The valuable lesson to learn from the unfortunate woman’s accident is to never flush a plane toilet while still sitting down and to not lift the toilet seat and sit on the toilet rim.
Tony King, Sales Director at SkyKem, which supplies hygiene technology to the aircraft industry, added that the small size of toilets can actually help prevent accidents.
“Plane toilets are small simply to save space and minimise weight, he told Express.co.uk.
“They are made from titanium and are very strong and I would think they have researched the size needed to do the job properly as they wouldn’t want to risk accidents into the cubical.”
It’s also been revealed what happens when you flush a plane toilet and why they make so much noise.