Where pilots and air hostesses sleep on long-haul flights

2018-11-29 14:00 - Marisa Crous
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The interior of the crew sleeping quarters on the

The interior of the crew sleeping quarters on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Ever wondered where air hostesses disappear to on an overnight flight?

A part of the plane passengers don't see. Crew rest areas are secret spaces, usually tucked away in the roof of the aircraft. 

Air hostesses and pilots aren't super humans and need rest as much as all of us. Taking a few hours, especially during a long-haul flight is essential for everyone's safety on-board.

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Depending on the aircraft, crew rest compartments (CRCs) are located either above or below the passenger cabin says SF Gate. 

These compartments are normally fitted with bunk beds, reading lights, mirrors to ensure crew stays presentable after a nap, entertainment systems, and more.

Quora also reports that in some aircrafts pilots have their own separate sleeping quarters, where they sometimes spend up to 50% of the flight. Not all of them at once, don't stress!

Long-haul flights typically have more than three pilots at a time. 

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Business Insider says that on most planes, the pilots' quarters are located above the first class area, hidden behind the cockpit.

Here's what CRCs look like on a variety of planes: 

DENVER, CO. - MAY 21: The crew rest area on a Boei
DENVER, CO. - MAY 21: The crew rest area on a Boei
DENVER, CO. - MAY 21: The crew rest area on a Boei

Images: Getty

Go inside the secret cabin here: 


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