Secrets for Surviving Long Flights
Credit: Courtesy of Qantas

What’s it like to spend nearly an entire day of your life on an airplane? A new documentary following the adventures of the crew aboard Qantas' flagship Airbus A380 is letting us all find out.

“The Secret Life Of The Long Haul Flight” offers viewers with a truly behind-the-scenes look at what life is like aboard one of the longest flights on Earth, including the very cramped living quarters where staff can go and take a rest during their ultra-long shift.

“Crew rest is the best thing on the aircraft. We might get three hours then we switch over,” air stewardess Sarah Kelly explained, according to the Daily Mail.

In the documentary, crew explain how they make first-class passengers such delicious and fluffy eggs 30,000 feet in the air (the trick is to continuously stir it), and also let us in on why the bathrooms onboard are always so clean thanks to the mandatory inspection every 30 minutes.

“I’m just about to get stuck in to every cabin crew member’s favourite job — cleaning the toilet,” stewardess Beatrice Riley-Gowing jokingly said. “People tell you it’s a glamorous job. I think they lie.”

Beyond their daily duties, the crew also reveal a few secrets about the aircraft including the fact that there may be a few animals on board, and not just the run-of-the-mill dogs and cats. As Philip Knowles, an expert in pet transport from JCS Livestock, explained, “People are unaware there are literally half a dozen animals below and not just cats and dogs, but exotics as well, on breeding programmes, moving from zoo to zoo. The largest animal I have moved is an Asian one-horned Rhinoceros.” Read more on the Daily Mail