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I am terrified of turbulence! Is it safe to fly during the rainy season?

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TS Intern Prerna took the question to Capt VK Madan,  Commercial Pilot and Inspector at DGCA, India.

Flying and monsoon are not the best of friends, but with evolving technology, flying has also evolved to be safe in monsoon.

Lightening  in thunderstorms can be up to a staggering 2 Lakh volts! Turbulence due to vertical winds can be up to 2000 feet per minute.  But, avionics like weather and Doppler radars, and satellite pictures give the pilot exact locations of thunder storms and turbulence which can be avoided and kept at  an arm’s distance of 10 Km or more.

Passengers may experience some minor turbulence but that does not endanger the safety of the aircraft. Moreover, other avionics like ILS (Instrument Landing System)  can land an aircraft in almost zero visibility in the pouring rain.

So relax and don’t let monsoon upset your plans and commitments. You’re in safe hands. Happy Landings!Image

Why you shouldn’t order the ‘soup of the day.’ 5 Dirty restaurant secrets: spilled!

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  • The ‘restaurant special’ or ‘soup of the day’ is often special only because they are trying to finish it off before it goes bad.
  • That slice of lemon in your drink—looks lovely, but isn’t clean. Everybody touches it, and nobody washes it. Cheers!
  • If you ask ‘Is this dish made from vegetable stock?,” many waiters will say ‘Yes,’ which is a lie. The truth is, you cannot tell the difference, so they don’t bother clarifying.
  • If you ask your waiter ‘how’s this dish,’ and she says, ‘It’s one of our most popular,’ chances are she hates it, but isn’t supposed to tell you that. Ask her to recommend a good dish instead.
  • If you’re worried about how clean the kitchen is, visit the restaurant’s loo. If that is dirty, you can be sure the kitchen is much worse.

(Secrets spilled by veteran waiters to Readers Digest magazine, USA )

A few years back, a restaurant in Tampa had a major roach problem. We don’t want anything like this happening to you.

For more nasty secrets, take a look here.

Why should I switch off my phone on a flight?

(After all, I’ve secretly turned it on till the last minute before take-off, and switched it on first thing after touchdown. And nothing really happened.)

Well, you got lucky, and thank God for that. The fact is, electronic devices can be dangerous during flights. A report by the International Air Transport Association documents 75 separate incidents of possible electronic interference linked to mobile phones and other electronic devices.

In one case, this is what pilots reported: “Auto pilot was engaged. At about 4500 ft, the autopilot disengaged by itself and the associated warnings/indications came on. Flight attendants  were immediately advised to look out for passengers operating electronic devices. They found one handphone and three iPods to be on. The crew made an urgent announcement, requesting passengers to switch off their devices. After this, the plane proceeded “without any further incident.” (Source: Independent Traveler)

So, don’t turn up your nose at the request to switch off. Press your finger down on the ‘Off’ button instead.

“Is the air quality inside a plane bad for my lungs?”

Breathe easy! Guess which of these has the best quality air to offer your lungs—a plane, train or bus? You got it: aircraft. That’s because cabin air is refreshed 20 times every hour. Want even better quality breathing? Get yourself a seat in one of the front rows—that’s the section of the plane with the best ventilation.

“Can a crazy person on board push the plane door open?! I heard someone tried to!”

Relax!  Once airborne, it is virtually impossible to open plane doors. That’s because cabin pressure is much higher than the surrounding air pressure. When the plane climbs, the cabin air pressure pushes the door outwards, sealing it into place. When the plane reaches its cruising peak, it is impossible for anyone to open it. But hey, that doesn’t mean you should try it!

Q: “My feet are swollen from 8 hours of flying. My husband says my black pump shoes are to blame. Is he right?”

A: Yes he is, especially if you wore those shoes throughout your flight.

Learn from Lady Gaga’s mistake:  she reportedly wore a pair of scarily high and tight armadillo shoes on a flight, and soon felt her feet beginning to swell.  The cabin crew immediately made her slip into comfortable slippers, and she was saved from Deep Vein Thrombosis, a very common and life-threatening condition that develops when blood clots form in the veins of the legs.

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