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14 Pictures of the Secret Airplane Compartments of Flight Attendants

secret airplane compartments of flight attendants

Taking long flights can be a tiring experience no matter how comfortable the plane is. If it is uncomfortable for a passenger imagine what it would be for a flight attendant or a pilot. They have to stay vigilant all through the journey and mind the needs of passengers. Long-haul flights take more than eight hours to reach destination. Long-haul non-stop flights fly without breaks, which means a very long working day.

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To make things better for the crew most of the long-haul plane manufacturers build secret rooms and bedrooms where the crew can rest. They are usually built behind the cockpit and can only be accessed by the crew.

Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
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Different planes have different type of layout and interiors. Some are of dorm-room style with all the beds placed side by side and a little partition separating them.

Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
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Boeing 773 adopts an aisle-style compartment. The beds are on either side of the aisle separated by partitions and curtains.

Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
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The quarters are windowless and usually very cramped. They are meant to serve as temporary retreats for a quick nap or break.

Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
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The signs near the entrance give details about the capacity and instructions for usage.

Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
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Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
Image Source: Chris McGinnis
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Some interiors are made to look lively with pops of bright colored pillows so that the lack of space is less noticeable, like this Boeing 787 Dreamliner…

Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
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Or this Boeing 777, which also has storage space for the attendants.

Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
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While this Canada’s Boeing plane has a very function-oriented bland look.

Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
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This Malaysian plane has a three-tired bunk bed style, whereas the Singaporean one has a slightly luxurious look with silk pillows and spacious interior.

Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
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The whole experience of being in such cramped spaces can be claustrophobic. But since they are temporary sanctuaries to get some shut-eye they serve their purpose well.

Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
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The entrances are hidden away from the view of passengers. They sometimes are small doors with a compact stairway up to the rooms, while some are ceiling trap doors that look just like the luggage bins above passengers.

Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
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Flight Atendants' Secret Compartments
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Boeing 777 also has a compartment overhead with two business class chairs and a washing area.

Pilots' Secret Compartments
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