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Top 10 Flight facts that will blow your mind.

  1. A man was once sued by United Airlines for making a site which helps people find cheaper flight tickets

  2. A British teenager flew from Essex to Sheffield via Berlin instead of taking the train, because the 1017 mile flight was cheaper than the train ride.

  3. When the host of "Candid Camera" Allen Funt was on a flight that was highjacked, passengers recognized him and thought the it was all just a joke for the show. Despite his insistence that the hijacking was real, no one believed him until the plane landed in Cuba.

  4. Dick Bass, the first person to scale the seven summits, was on a flight when he deluged his seatmate for hours with details of his treks on all seven continents. Before they landed, he realized he hadn't asked his new friend anything about himself. "That's OK," the man said, "I'm Neil Armstrong"

  5. In 1987 Steve Rothstein took advantage of the AAirpass (a promotion by American Airlines that let people pay a one time $250,000 and have a lifetime of unlimited flights) and quit his job so he could fly continuously. This ended up costing the airline more than 21 million.

  6. In 2015 someone did a shit so bad on a British Airway flight from Heathrow to Dubai that it had to turn around and land after just 30 minutes.

  7. Michael Jackson would requested his wine be served in Diet Coke cans during flights, because he didn't want his kids to see him drinking alcohol.

  8. On September 11th, 2001 when the US Airspace was shutdown following the attacks, Canada took in 255 flights bound for the USA making this known as Operation Yellow Ribbon. There were over 30,000 people on all 200 flights. Many Canadians hosted the passengers at home for several days.

  9. Every year on September 11, firefighters in the United States will climb 110 flights of stairs in full gear in buildings or at the gym to remember the 343 firefighters who lost their lives that day.

  10. Two women tried to smuggle their dead relative's body onto a flight by putting him in a wheelchair and putting sunglasses on him. It was only when airport staff tried to check him in and he wouldn't respond that suspicions were raised

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Cost of Disney World trip for a family of 4 in the US, domestic flights included

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Cabin pressure profile on a 1h 20 min flight

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In 2006 a woman farted on a plane and tried to cover up the smell by lighting matches. When passengers alerted crew they could smell burning the flight made an emergency landing and the FBI were called in to conduct an investigation

A passenger was turned away from two flights because he was wearing 10 layers of clothing to avoid extra luggage fees

Buzz Aldrin's mother (named Marion Moon) shot herself before his lunar flight because she didn't know if she could cope with his impending fame. He then fell into depression and alcoholism after his flight.

A Ugandan mother gave birth to a girl on a flight from Amsterdam to Boston, but the newborn was considered and processed as a Canadian citizen by customs as she happened to be born in Canadian airspace.

An Air Canada flight was asked by Australian authorities to investigate an emergency beacon. The plane, with 270 people, flew at 4000 feet as crew and passengers used binoculars to locate a stranded sailor, who was later rescued by police. The flight landed safely in Sydney, 90 minutes delayed.

Prior to 1996, there was no requirement to present an ID to board a plane. The policy was put into place to show the government was “doing something” about the crash of TWA Flight 800.

In 2006, a woman farted on an American Airlines plane and attempted to cover up her farts by burning matches. When the passengers reported the smell of burning matches to the crew, the flight made an emergency landing in Nashville, and the FBI was called in to conduct an investigation.

To help airline passengers deal with travel anxiety, San Francisco International Airport has hired the nation's first airport therapy pig. LiLou wears costumes and performs tricks to help travelers calm down before boarding their flights.

4chan found the unknown location of a flag that Shia LaBeouf placed for his HWNDU project using only the live stream of the flag by studying the weather and the flight patterns of airplanes flying in the background in a little over 37 hours.

Scientists estimate that if spider silk could be faithfully reproduced with the thickness of a pencil, it would be strong enough to stop a large jet plane in flight.

The farthest a person has ever fallen and survived is at least 33,330 feet. Serbian flight attendant Vesna Vulovic was blown out of a plane when a bomb went off in its baggage compartment in 1972. She had no memory of the event and wasn't afraid to fly afterward.

The "Jesus nut", a helicopter part so important, that if it were to fail in flight, to only thing left for the crew to do would be to pray to Jesus.

At age 29, before he was famous, Mark Cuban bought a lifetime pass on American Airlines for $125K to fly anywhere, anytime, even if the flight was full. Magic Johnson once had to give up his seat to him

The Jesus nut is the bolt at the top of a helicopter shaft that holds it all together. It got its name because if it were to fail in flight, the only thing left to do would be to pray to Jesus.

When the KGB tried to blackmail Indonesian President Achmed Sukarno with videotapes of the president having sex with Russian women disguised as flight attendants, Sukarno wasn't upset. He was pleased. He even asked for more copies of the video to show back in his country.

The captain of a United flight had a heart attack mid-flight, and so an off-duty air force captain, Mike Gongol, had to help land the plane, saving 160 lives. He knew he had to help when he heard the PA announcement "are there any non-revenue pilots on board, please ring your call button."

One air crash, Delta Flight 1141, was caused by the pilots talking about another air crash, Continental Flight 1713. They were so distracted by their own conversation they forgot to lower the flaps. The other air crash they were talking about also involved too much non-relevant discussion

John C. Beale, a man who pretended he was a CIA secret agent, flew around the world on first-class flights, stayed in high-end hotels and cost the taxpayers almost $900,000.

There is an FAA regulation called the 'Sterile Cockpit Rule', requiring flight crews to only discuss topics pertinent to the safety and operation of the flight below 10,000 feet.

Danny Elfman came up with the theme to 'Batman' on a flight from London but since he couldn't write music he kept running to the bathroom to record himself on a tape recorder whenever he had a new idea, causing the flight attendants to think he was a junkie

Elon Musk was heavily bullied as a child, and once a group of boys threw him down a flight of stairs and beat him until he was unconscious.

On 'Rain Man's' release many airlines showed an edited version on flights, cutting the scene in which Ray highlights crash records for specific airlines. Quantas was the only airline that showed the scene in full due to Ray stating they "never crashed."

On 9-11 immediately after US airspace was closed, Canada implemented "Op Yellow Ribbon" & landed 250 US bound flights with 45k passengers in 14 smaller airports across the country. Canadians in communities such Gander (10k) also welcomed up to 6,000 stranded passengers into their homes.

A passenger on a Southwest flight from Atlanta to Houston fell ill in mid flight. His wife called out for a doctor, and 20 doctors who were returning from a conference stood up and helped the man until the plane landed.

A chimp, named Ham, originally from Cameroon, was sent into space and recovered alive in a test to ensure that a human being could survive space flight and perform useful functions outside Earth's atmosphere. He died at 25 and is buried at the International Space Hall of Fame in New Mexico.

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Cost Breakdown for a US Domestic Flight

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I'm the son of an airline employee, here's my 23 year flight history