- Flight attendants get breaks on long-haul flights to recharge and stay energised.
- They have their own bedrooms in which to take power naps.
- These bedrooms are hidden from passengers.
- They can be tucked behind a secret stairway or even accessed through a hatch that looks like a typical overhead bin.
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But where do they do it?
See what the secret cabins look like.
Jim Edwards contributed to an earlier version of this story.
“On long flights, there’s most likely flight attendants who are sleeping below you or above you,” flight attendant Kat Kamalani previously told Insider.
She explained that, on long-haul flights, the crew gets split in half, so that one half works while the other half rests. Who gets what shift depends on seniority.
She said that many flight attendants learn to sleep on command, but that most “don’t even sleep, they just sit on social media and hang out on their phone.”
It depends on the plane, but crew rest areas are usually hidden behind the cockpit, above first class, like on this Boeing 777.
Secret stairs leading up to the bedrooms are hidden behind an inconspicuous door. They can usually be found near the cockpit, and a code or key is needed to get to them.
Upstairs are cramped, windowless bedrooms with eight beds (or seven, depending on the airline). This is the cabin’s rest area on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The crew certainly seems to enjoy the overhead rest areas on Boeing 777s, which, depending on the airline, can fit six to 10 bunks, as well as personal storage space for each crew member.
On the Boeing 777, pilots have their own overhead sleeping compartments, which feature two roomy sleeping berths, as well as two business-class seats, and enough room for a closet, sink, or lavatory, depending on the airline.
The beds, which are generally around six feet long and two and a half feet wide, are partitioned by heavy curtains meant to muffle noise.
Bunks generally have reading lights, hooks, and mirrors, as well as some personal storage space. Usually, they come with blankets and pillows, occasionally even pajamas.
Some of the rooms are a little more high-end with features like entertainment systems, though it varies by airline. Some aeroplanes, like Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, have flat, open sleeping areas.
Other planes have partitioned-off beds along an aisle, reminiscent of a cruise ship.
Others have bunk beds that are stacked on top of each other, like this Malaysian Air A380 plane.
While most rooms seem claustrophobic, this luxe cabin on Singapore’s Airbus A380 looks pretty comfortable.
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