Our flights just wouldn’t be the same without friendly flight attendants.
They work long hours on their feet to make their passengers comfortable and they need quality rest too.
But where do they sleep? It turns out there’s a small secret stairway that leads to a tiny, windowless room small enough to fit a few cabin crew members.
Most of these tiny rooms can be found on a Boeing 777 or a 787.
The crew rest areas are hidden behind the cockpit, above first class, like on this Boeing 777
Steps 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
Secret stairs lead up to the bedrooms where the cabin crew sleeps.
Secret stairs lead up to the bedrooms where the cabin crew sleeps
Some cabins are entered through a secret hatch that looks like a typical overhead bin. This is on American Airline’s Boeing 773
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
A strict “one per bunk” warning advises against any funny business
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
Though some — and this varies by airline — are a little more high end, and feature entertainment systems. Some airplanes, like Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, have flat, open sleeping areas
Other planes, like this American Airlines Boeing 773, have partitioned-off beds along an aisle, reminiscent of a cruise ship. The aisle is so low that you have to duck to walk through it
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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