Secret Airplane Bedrooms Where Flight Attendants Sleep
Taking a long-haul flight is a very tiring experience for a traveler. But think about flight attendants and pilots. They must be on-call, and often on their feet, throughout the duration of the trip. They’ve got to get some downtime, too, but where do they rest? Flight crew get to relax during long journeys in tiny areas of the plane called Crew Rest Compartments (CRCs). They are usually hidden behind the cockpit.
Check out these secret airplane bedrooms where flight attendants sleep.
1. Flight attendants stretching out during a long haul flight.
2. It depends on the plane, but usually crew rest areas are hidden behind the cockpit, above first class, like on this Boeing 777.
3. Secret stairs lead up to the bedrooms where the cabin crew sleeps.
4. Like a speakeasy but without the booze, steps are hidden behind an inconspicuous door. They can usually be found near the cockpit.
5. But some cabins are entered through a secret hatch that looks like a typical overhead bin. This is on American Airline’s Boeing.
6. A sign divulges what’s behind these doors (eight crew member bunks). You’ve probably never read it that closely.
7. Upstairs are cramped, windowless bedrooms with eight beds (or seven, depending on the airline).
8. The crew certainly seems to enjoy the overhead rest areas on Boeing 777s, which, depending on the airline, can fit six to 10 bunks.
9. On the Boeing 777, pilots have their own overhead sleeping compartments, which feature two roomy sleeping berths.
10. The beds, which are generally around six feet long and two and a half feet wide, are partitioned by heavy curtains.
11. A strict “one per bunk” warning advises against any funny business.
12. Bunks generally have reading lights, hooks, and mirrors, as well as some personal storage space. Usually they come with blankets.
13. Though some — and this varies by airline — are a little more high end, and feature entertainment systems.
14. Other planes, like this American Airlines Boeing 773, have partitioned-off beds along an aisle, reminiscent of a cruise ship.
15. Others have bunk beds that are stacked on top of each other, like this Malaysian Air A380 plane.
16. While most rooms seem claustrophobic, this cabin on Singapore’s Airbus A380 looks pretty comfortable.