We all know flight experiences vary, from your basic economy EasyJet journey to luxury first-class compartments with private bedrooms, showers and in-flight bar experience.
But what you may not know is cabin crew have their own private spaces too. A flight attendant has revealed planes designed for long-haul journeys often have bedrooms that the general public are not made aware of.
The cabin crew member, who does not wish to be named, revealed to Yahoo UK there are beds on aircrafts with “long flight times”.
The bedroom is known as the crew rest area, and has a number of either flat beds or bunk beds, depending on the airline.
“It is used solely for crew to rest in as there are regulations that crew must get a proper rest period on long haul flights over a certain length,” the source tells us.
Explaining the purposes of the bedrooms, she explained: “This is for safety reasons to keep crew alert,” adding that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) puts measures in place to make sure cabin crew get enough rest.
So are the bedrooms a strictly guarded secret? While crew can’t reveal too much about these beds for security reasons, and will not point them out during the flight, it is not classified information.
“Although we don’t specifically keep [the rest area] a secret, passengers just don’t notice it most of the time,” explained the source.
The 2016 EASA regulations state pilots require: “12 hours rest or the length of the preceding duty if it was more than 12 hours.”
This means a pilot gets a minimum of 12 hours rest after a flight of any length, but if they have flown, for instance, for a 16 hour flight, they require 16 hours rest.
Crew rest requirements are said to be “similar” and “sometimes identical”.
The Flight Deck Friends website provides further information on rest requirements for pilots and cabin crew.